Halle Berry talks to Oprah about home pregnancy testing

09/22/2007 at 08:23 AM ET

Halle_berry_090707_01_cbbActress Halle Berry, 41, was delighted to be able to show off her baby bump as she taped her appearance on Oprah yesterday. Of course, her pregnancy was a hot topic and, according to the Chicago Sun Times, Halle revealed that when she first thought she might be pregnant she used 35 home pregnancy tests — with only the last one showing a positive result!

She also said that she and the baby’s father, model Gabriel Aubry, 31, do not want to find out the sex of the baby until the birth. Halle’s excitement was quite clear — especially as she revealed that she wants to have another baby as soon as possible!

Source: Extra TV

Thanks to CBB reader Kitty.

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Laura on

I am so pleased for Halle Berry.It took me a fair few tests to get a positive when i was pregnant too!Unfortunately i miscarried,and at 22 am now struggling with PCOS,and undergoing more blood tests.To see someone like Halle pregnant after (supposedly) so many years of wanting a child gives me hope.Congrats Halle!

crazynlove on

How far along is she? Did she reveal that on Oprah?

gianna on

I can’t wait to see this show, halle sounds so excited. I’ve always heard her say she wants 2 kids, so not surprised she talks about wanting anther. I’m very happy that her her dream of being, a mom is coming true.

M on

i wonder how early she tested that it took 35 tests to show she was pregnant!

Ashley on

I thought that with pregnancy tests you could never have a false positive…?


does any one knows wheh it will air on Oprah

Sarah’s note: Probably next week at some point.

CC on

i don’t know of anyone ever having a false positive, but i do know you can have a false negative. a friend of mine isn’t able to use a home pt because it will always show negative….

Heather on

HCG pregnancy tests or home pregnancy tests determine pregnancy through the detection of the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in a woman’s urine. Doctors recommend that you wait until you have missed a period to take a home pregnancy test. If you can not wait that long to find out and you know the day you may have conceived, then the earliest you can take a test would be 14 days from possible conception. Home tests are usually 97% accurate when all instructions are followed correctly and the results are read on time. Some kits come with two tests so that in case you have made a mistake, you may take the home pregnancy tests gain. A false positive pregnancy test is when the test says that you are pregnant but actually you are not. This is a one off case and a positive pregnancy test is a pretty good indication that you are pregnant. False positive pregnancy tests are rare – though there are instances and conditions where they can occur.

There could be various reasons for a false positive test.

Chemical Pregnancy
A chemical pregnancy is basically an early miscarriage. Research has shown that half of all first pregnancies end in miscarriage. Due to the high sensitivity of home pregnancy tests, many women catch early pregnancies but end up going on to have their periods due to a chemical pregnancy.

Missed Reaction Time
For accuracy in home pregnancy tests it is essential that you read the test results in the stipulated reaction time. If you let the test sit for too long (after the instructions on the box tell you), the test is invalid. This may cause it to show false positive results.

Chemical Interference
Drugs that have the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in them can cause incorrect results in home pregnancy tests. The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in them may be responsible for the false positive pregnancy test. If you have had an HCG shot due to infertilty treatments, you need to be sure the shot is out of your system before you attempt to use early pregnancy tests.

Evaporation Lines
While technically not a true pregnancy, some pregnancy tests leave a faint evaporation line as the urine crosses the test. This faint very light grey evaporation line in the test area is often interpretted as a positive result.

emmalee on

“I thought that with pregnancy tests you could never have a false positive…?”

In addition to what Heather said, Halle was getting false *negatives* saying she wasn’t pregnant when she really was.

It’s always great to see celebs who are excited about their pregnancies and really revelling in the experience.

Merideth on

Here’s to a healthy baby for Halle! And the article doesn’t say anything about her having a false positive pregnancy test. It says she had 34 negative tests before finally seeing a positive one. This could be because she was testing too early in the pregnancy for the test to detect the hormone, and/or she could have been taking pregnancy tests over the course of many months before finally getting pregnant. Either way, congrats to her and Gabriel.

FC on

Can’t say she’s not excited! And, she’s already ready for the second one… That’s cute! But, until that time comes, good luck with this first one…;)

huh on

I think what Halle Berry was saying that from the time she began until the time she got pregnant she took 35 tests. So that means it took her about 3 years or less to get pregnant.