There are many great frustrations one may experience when trying to conceive. One of the most disheartening is the waiting game every month. Then, if you think you may be pregnant, what does it mean if you begin cramping? Are you about to start your period, or are the cramps symptoms of pregnancy? The answer… they can be both, agh! When a fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine wall, the act can cause some cramping and a bit of spotting.
It may sound odd to some that haven’t tried to get pregnant (or thought they were pregnant) but the short period in time between possible conception and confirmation may seem like an eternity. When can you confirm your pregnancy, once you have “missed” your period, you can probably accurately test using an at home pregnancy test? See article, Am I Pregnant? Is it normal to worry so much? Yes, when a woman is pregnant, or possibly pregnant, it’s common to encounter feelings of concern about every ache and pain, whether with her first baby or fourth.
Yet, if you are in a lot of pain, more than regular period cramps, my simple advice, don’t be afraid to talk to a healthcare provider, to be on the safe side. My second piece of advice that may seem contradictory to my first, don’t “over” worry. Everyone has a different level of anxiety and pain/irritation during pregnancy. Your body with stretch and grow amongst other things. If this is your first pregnancy (or possible pregnancy) you may come to find how amplified “pregnancy discomforts” can be, compared to the same ailment in everyday life (not pregnant).
Heartburn, in my experience not such a horrible thing, but in pregnancy… miserable. It would cause me to lose sleep. When I did have the pleasure of sleeping, I did so, in a chair. Pregnancy heartburn also made it unbearable to eat (I did, it was just unpleasurable). I also began to appreciate the name HEARTBURN, the constant lingering burn and taste of acid that seemed to live in my chest and radiate to my throat, I’d gag and throw up when the sour taste was too much. I say all that only to emphasize that pregnancy is jam packed with feelings, emotions and pain. Most women that I know have worried themselves to an extreme only to find out they are having a perfectly normal pregnancy with ordinary symptoms. When you get that news, being ordinary will have never felt better!
There are some unfortunate reasons you could be experiencing extreme pain. The discomfort could be a side effects of an ectopic pregnancy (embryo implants into the fallopian tube instead of the uterus), or it can also be a sign of an early miscarriage. If your doctor or midwife is concerned, they will probably give you a blood test. A blood test can accurately detect a pregnancy sooner than a home test. Then, after an examination and conformation the you are pregnant, the next step is an ultrasound, which is typically preformed if there is concern of an ectopic pregnancy, or a miscarriage. (1)
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In ALL my pregnancies, almost from Day 1, I have experienced intense pain. I went through the above experience only to find out weeks later, after several ultrasounds, that everything was perfectly normal. There were lots of tears and sadness for both my husband and I before the viable pregnancy diagnosis every time. The end result… I have perfectly happy, healthy children, no ectopic pregnancy or miscarriages.
(1) “Ectopic Pregnancy.” Tests and Diagnosis. Http://www.mayoclinic.org, 20 Jan. 2015. Web. 15 Mar. 2016. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ectopic-pregnancy/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20024262>.
Why Read Pregnancy Journals?
If you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or just curious about pregnancy, follow my pregnancy journey by reading my Pregnancy Journals. This day-by-day diary expresses my pains, feelings and all the embarrassing moments I am going through as pregnant woman. Yes, there are companies that also provide a day-by-day or week-by-week list of pregnancy info or scientific analysis, which is wonderful, but not sufficient for most. As women, we want to know we are not alone and my pregnancy journals will give you that and more. I am a person that is going through the same adventure you are and have before. The truth is, those other companies are providing you with the same information your doctor or midwife will convey to you during your appointments or calls. During my first pregnancy, my male doctor had no insight regarding real ways to handle certain issues. Example of a topic: Lochia. Yes, your doctor or midwife can tell you technically what is happening, but they don’t give you the best/easiest way to deal with it. How long have women been giving birth and even hospitals haven’t been able to figure it out. I did, here is my article: Don’t be ashamed buy some depends. If you are in need of information from a Mom’s perspective, submit questions through my Ask section. I am excited to share my experiences with you!
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