Post # 1
I got my very first BFP! I am actually a little surprised – I thought I was testing way too early but went ahead anyways… and two bright, solid lines flashed back! I confirmed with a digital today – I am shocked! I normally have really long cycles and we’ve just been trying since January but my family has a PCOS history so I wasn’t particularly optimistic.
SO I know Doctors won’t see you for quite a few weeks – I’m just curious if anyone else is experiencing/experienced pretty regular cramping/funny feelings this early on, especially at night? I know it’s not in my head – that is why I did test so early – but I’m worried that it indicates something is wrong!
Post # 3
Cramping to some degree as long as you are not experiencing any heavy bleeding and doubled over in pain. I had spotting/light bleeding the first few weeks of my pregnancy but I am now 17 weeks so everything was fine. Congrats on the BFP 🙂
Post # 4
@anonmidwest: I have no advice, since I just got my own BFP on Friday, but congratulations! (I am really not experiencing any symptoms at the moment.) Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!
Post # 5
I had cramping/felt like I was getting my period for a couple of weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Every little twinge worried me, but it was ok–no bleeding or really horrible pains.
Post # 6
Congratulations 🙂 I saw a doctor a few days after getting our BFP, there’s not really much for them to do but if you’d like to see someone they should be happy to do so. For us it was just doing dates to give us an EDD, talking about what to do/what not to do, etc. I got a bit of cramping early on but nothing too bad. Apparently it’s normal! Lots of things can start happening very early – I had sore breasts days before the BFP and nausea kicked in within a week or two. Get used to the idea that your body is no longer just yours 🙂
Here are some things I wish I’d done differently, in case it helps! I’m a gym junkie and the first professional I spoke to apart from the doctor was a personal trainer at the gym to get a weights routine suitable for pregnancy done. It cost me money and time, of course, but in the end my first trimester was full of sickness and tiredness and I didn’t really do the routine a lot. In the beginning this caused me some guilt but I forgave myself eventually! If I did it again I would have just stuck to my usual routine when I felt like it (which is totally fine for most of us) and waited until the first trimester was over to get the trainer. Then I wouldn’t have felt so guilty for not sticking to the routine in the beginning!
The other thing we did was tell our families the same day as the BFP. We did it that way because it was Christmas and Mother-In-Law joined my family for dessert, so it was too good an opportunity having everyone there in the one room. But in hindsight I was still in shock and it would have been good to have more time to get used to the news ourselves before we shared it with everyone.
Sorry to preach like this but to be honest I wish I’d thought a bit more about these things up front so maybe it will help you or someone else! Hope you enjoy this exciting time 🙂
Post # 7
Congrats on your BFP! Don’t worry about the cramping – it is perfectly normal. I had pretty bad cramping from weeks 4 through 8. The cramps were there throughout the day and fairly uncomfortable, where I’d lay on the couch, curled up in a ball and whinge about how miserable I was (thank goodness I didn’t have morning sickness on top of it!) At least once per day, sometimes more, I would get a really severe episode of cramping. It would start out as normal cramps that would get intense pretty quickly to the point where I was doubled over in pain, shaking, sometimes breaking out in a cold sweat, and on one occasion, I actually threw up from the pain. Each episode lasted for about 10 minutes where it was the really intense cramps, then they would ease off over the next 5 – 10 minutes before stopping completely. Like I said, this happened at least once, sometimes twice per day.
I am now almost 28 weeks pregnant and everything looks perfectly healthy! Everyone said mild cramping is normal but mine was definitely not what I would have considered ‘mild’. Drinking lots of water helped (I drank 4 litres per day and the cramps were tolerable, when I drank less than that, they were awful). I’ve also spoken to a number of other people who experienced this cramping as well and they’ve all gone on to have healthy babies.
So bottom line is that yes, cramping is normal and does not by any stretch mean that something is wrong. If you start bleeding, I’d consult a doctor, but if it’s just cramping, try upping your water intake and resting, and more than likely, everything will be just fine!
Happy and healthy nine months to you! 🙂
Post # 8
@Bao , @mrsjazz , @Ree723 Thanks so much for sharing! That is a relief. I guess I should be glad – not feeling any symptoms might make me more nervous I think!
@Jess1482 Congratulations to you too! Now I need to find a good “your pregnancy week by week” email – let me know if you find one 🙂
@Mountain.bride – not preachy at all! Thanks for sharing! I am not a big gym person, more of a walker, so that doesn’t apply but the other does! I think we’re deciding to wait until 8 week so my first “real” appointment before telling anyone, even family. I don’t handle sympathy/inquiries very well and I can’t imagine handling everyone in our families calling or writing if something were to go wrong this early.
I’m so excited! I think I’ll probably still take a (cheapie from Amazon) test every few days until I see an ultrasound!
Post # 9
Mild cramping is pretty common. I had some that lasted the first few weeks. Make sure you drink lots of water! And congratulations!
Post # 10
@anonmidwest: The Bump and Baby Center have weekly emails that I get and they are pretty cool, they tell you facts, how much baby weighs/how big and compares the size to food. They also have phone apps if you go that route. Lol and I took 9 pregnancy tests the first few weeks and they were not cheapies! 🙂
Post # 11
Congratulations! I had a lot of cramping in the beginning too – it is definitely weird. And those first couple of months before the doctors even want to see you is a tough waiting period. It’s so hard not to worry! Best of luck for a very sticky little baby! 🙂
Post # 12
Cramping is pretty normal in the beginning and throughout with growth spurts. I hurt for a couple days last week at 18 weeks which was part growth and part gas. Yes, gas pains can feel like cramps as well. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after a wind release.
Post # 13
I saw my Ob a week after confirming the pregnancy with my general practitioner. Cramping does happen often in the early days due to the uterus stretching
Post # 14
@anonmidwest: I just signed up for the one from whattoexpect.com, and I like that one so far–we’ll have to start a December thread here pretty soon!
Post # 15
Congratulations! I too had PCOS (lost a lot of weight and now all of my ovarian cysts are gone). I was very excited to get pregnant and surprised it happened so quickly, just like you!
I had some BAD cramps. If they feel like normal period cramps, it is okay- it’s your uterus stretching. Just make sure to drink LOTS of water and rest when you need to. If you feel tired, it’s totally okay to lay down and have a nap. However, if you have any SHARP pains (or moderate cramps and dizziness) you should call your OBGYN’s office and ask for help. They will probably recommend that you drink 1 quart of water within an hour, take a tylenol, and rest. They may schedule an early ultrasound just to make sure everything is okay and that baby is in the right spot. I had an ultrasound around 6 weeks because I had really painful cramps and it was actually a great thing for me because it set my mind at ease to see baby and his/her heart beating. (and that the size was right on track)
Bottom line, yes it’s probably totally normal, but if you feel nervous you should absolutely call your doctor, that is why they are there. Your body will let you know what is “too much” so just be cautious without being anxious. Congratulations and here’s to a healthy pregnancy!
Post # 16
congrats to everyone getting their BFPs! i got mine on monday and don’t really have many symptoms yet other than a stuffy nose. i think i’ve googled everything possible about everything and joined every site i can find, haha. we haven’t told our parents or close friends yet because nothing seems real yet. i’ll probably call the doctor within the next few days to set up the initial appointment, but i think i need everything to sink in first! and yes, we definitely need a december 2012 board!