Would You Take a Pregnancy Test in a Bar?

With so much news about whether pregnant women should be drinking, with a loud “No!” coming from people who want to protect future kids from the horrible affects of Fetal Alcohol Disorder, England has come up with a plan to start selling pregnancy tests in pubs so women can make sure they’re not pregnant before they have a big night of boozing. Brilliant idea or totally ridiculous? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think it’s a good idea. I know it’s weird to be selling them in a coin machine next to tampons, but most places sell condoms in the women’s restrooms, so why not pregnancy tests too?

My period was late leading up to my husband’s big birthday bash (I won’t embarrass him by divulging how old he was at the time, but it was a milestone birthday) that I had painstakingly planned for months in a private room at a kickass Mexican place, with a 7-piece Mariachi band brought in especially for the occasion, along with a cart filled with authentic Mexican popsicles, and quite possibly the world’s best margaritas (with none of that icky sour mix—we’re talking the real deal!). Of course I wanted to celebrate, but I also had to know if I was pregnant, because if so it meant virgin drinks all night for me.

So just a few hours before the party, I had my dazed-and-confused husband (What? We could be pregnant—already?) run out to get a pregnancy test. It turns out I was pregnant (on the first try after doing the whole ovulation calendar thing!), and I was drinking an alcohol-free lime-cucumber concoction till the wee hours of the morning.

Yes, having these tests available in women’s restrooms does mean we’re going to have even longer waiting times, ladies. Those tests can be more complicated than you think (Is that faint line really a line? Let me do it again! You know what I’m talking about!). But I think having to hold it a little longer is worth it if it means someone finds out they’re pregnant and chooses not to drink that night. Don’t you?

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