Cramping Six Months Postpartum

Updated on August 12, 2010
J.W. asks from Bellevue, WA
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I am six months postpartum and still breastfeeding my little girl several times a day, though she has started eating solids lately. Over the past week or so, I have had mild cramping that feels like the kind I get before my period hits - but it's not coming. It also feels kind of like early pregnancy, so I have taken a couple of HPTs, and they were both negative. Anyone had this? Should I wait a bit and try a HPT again? It's kind of annoying to keep feeling like AF is on her way, but nothing happens. Any advice is welcome.

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So What Happened?

Thanks everyone for your input! It hasn't been bad pain, just a little achiness. It sounds like it is pretty normal to feel like this for a while before your period starts postpartum, so that is a relief. I will keep an eye on it, and if it continues to be a problem, I will go see someone about it. Thanks again!

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M.L.

answers from Seattle on

I had a little bit of cramping off and on for about 6 weeks before my period returned. It was a little uncomfortable, but not horrible. If you're concerne, see your health care provider.

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C.G.

answers from Atlanta on

that sounds almost exactly like I was feeling about a month ago--like AF was coming but nothing was happening. It got pretty painful actually. I eventually connected it to dairy, and it turns out I've developed lactose intolerance! If it continues with no sign of AF, maybe trying avoiding all dairy for a week and see if symptoms lessen after a few days? Then have a glass of milk and you'll know for sure within the next hour or so!
But then, hopefully it's just AF :)

B.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I had this as well,I put it down to my uterus contracting.

Take Care
B.

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S.S.

answers from Seattle on

After both my pregnancies I had period-like cramping on and off for at least two months before I actually got my period. The first time I had cramping periodically from June through October when I finally got my period. Not fun, but I think it's totally normal from what my doctor and friends say.

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A.L.

answers from Anchorage on

Most likely AF is returning soon...could be ovulating as well..so if you don't want another one, take cautionary measures! :) AF returned for me when my babies were only 3 months old and only breastfeeding!

H.V.

answers from Cleveland on

It could just be from breastfeeding.
I remember having some cramping like that while i BF my son.
It actually causes your uterus to contract. So that could be what you are feeling.

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A.M.

answers from Dallas on

i had this too - i was weaning my dd and she was beginning to eat more solids so therefore AF was gearing up to return...and she did

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