T.M. asks from North Hollywood, CA on April 12, 2010
Early Pregnancy Please Help
Ladies I really need your advice. I just found out that I am pregnant with a dollar tree pregnancy test. First question, the test was a faint positive is this reliable? I can't get into the doctor until next week should I start taking prenatal vitamins? If a should is gnc brand ok? with or without iron? What should I eat? Can I exercise? If I am 18dpo shouldn't my line be a strong positive? Why do I feel like I am about to start my period? I don't have strong cramps but I have them, then its radiating to my back. I have a burning senstion in my lower abdomin and feel like pee is going to come out of my vagina. Do you think I might have a miscarriage?
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on April 12, 2010
Many, many people don't even realize they are pregnant until later along than you are, so while you can certainly take a multi-vitamin, nothing bad will happen if you don't! Live/eat/exercise as you normally would. You'll be OK.
Take another test in a few days and see what it says.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :-)
C.P. answers from Chicago on April 13, 2010
If you want to start prenatal the doc may be able to call some in for you. Also, I know some of the bigger pharmacies are doing prenatals really cheap, but it may only be specific brands.
The cramping may be your uterus starting to stretch to make room for baby!
B.A. answers from Saginaw on April 12, 2010
Wow...ok take a breather....
A faint line could mean its positive. I would take another, just to double check since you can't get into the Dr's until next week. (Just to ease your mind)
Even if you aren't pregnant prenatal vitamins will be ok for you to take. Before I got pregnant my OB suggested I start taking them. Mine had iron in them.
Tests, are funny and people are different, there are many people that never get the positive. So whether it should be a stronger line or not doesn't matter.
I never felt cramps or had the feeling of my period coming. My major signs with both pregnancies was feeling nauseous. This is different for everyone. However from the sounds of it, it sounds like you could have a bladder/kidney infection going on. So I would definitely get that checked out.
Oh in regards to exercising, as long as you do the amount of what your doing before being pregnant, it should be fine.
S.K. answers from Minneapolis on April 12, 2010
Wow ... you need to relax first! :)
I would say get a good home pregnancy test so that you can be sure - Clearblue is a good one.I bought it at Walgreens. Actually I wasn't even tested for pregnancy at the clinic. I was hoping they would test again and confirm it but I was told that the home tests are pretty accurate and there is no need to test again.
The initial symptoms are different for everyone I guess, mine were breast tenderness and nausea. I didn't have the symptoms you have mentioned. Miscarriages can happen to anyone during first trimester. Try not keep worrying about it but watch out for warning signs.I was told to call immediately if I had constant lower abdominal pain which wouldn't go away or bleeding.
You can start taking prenatals anytime. No harm in that. I couldn't keep them down initially , so I just took folic acid. My OB told me prenatals are not necessary as long as I am eating a healthy diet.Folic acid is what you need to take.
You can continue with your normal excercise routine. Just remember to stop if you feel faint or dizzy.If you have not been excercising , start slow. Walking is a great excercise during pregnancy.
Hope this helps.All the best to you!
B.L. answers from Las Vegas on April 13, 2010
The first thing you need to do is Breathe. I understand that it can be quite overwhelming finding out that you are pregnant. When i found out that I was pregnant I had taken 2 EPT tests, they BOTH came back with a very faint line. Like yo I had to wait to goet in to see the doctor.
I would suggest picking up some prenatal pills that are high in iorn, folic acid, and calicum. The great thing about prenatal pills is that there is nothing in them that will hurt you, even if there is a slight possibality that your are not pregnant.
i also had cramping early on mine happened to be gas however it is normal is most pregnancies. Try drinking a lot of water and keep yourdelf hydrated.
As far as eating stay away from fish, raw meat and caffeine. Eat when you are hungry and keep fruits and veggies handy. Do not overdo it though also keep crackers and water handy for when you feel nauseiated.
D.B. answers from Charlotte on April 12, 2010
T., start the pregnancy vitamins right away. Tell the pharmacist you may be pregnant and ask for those vitamins, specifically that have folic acid in them. That's what prevents spina bifida and some cleft palates. Start those TODAY!
Right now while your vagina is feeling bad, don't overdo it on the exercise. Eat light because you aren't feeling well "down there". Drink several glasses of water a day, and milk as well. Buy the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and start to read that.
Do you have a favorite OB/GYN? If not, ask friends and/or coworkers who they have and why they like them. If any of your friends are nurses, ask them because they know the skinny on the area doctors! You will have to decide on issues that mean something to you - big practice versus small practice, front office staff who are friendly and attentive to your needs, a practice you can get into same day if you have a problem, etc.
Lots of times, ob's don't have you come in until you are several weeks along - but you are having problems and concerns and aren't sure what's up with your body. Try to get seen by someone - it might help you decide what doctor you want to go with depending on how seriously they take your worries and if they have the space to get you in. The "best" doctor isn't necessarily the right one, if you can't get in to get looked at.
Good luck and all my best with your situation,
K.C. answers from Dallas on April 12, 2010
if there's a line, then it's positive. i would start taking the prenatals. make sure it has 27mg iron, atleast, and folic acid and calcium. those are important! the line does not indicate how much hormone is in your system, just that you have it. i thought the same and thought i had a lighter line when i was 7 weeks compared to 5 weeks, but my dr told me that was rubbish and it doesn't do that. feeling like you're gonna start your period is normal, and so is the cramps. it's everything getting affected by hormones and starting to slowly stretch. i am almost 26 weeks, and i couldn't see an ob till i was 12 weeks. i was so scared of miscarrying before then. no one can tell though, if you will. you can eat whatever, just stay away from fish and undercooked meats. you can exercise, but don't overdo it. if you're worried about miscarriage, i'd stay away from caffeine.
D.W. answers from Gainesville on April 12, 2010
Yes, you need to be taking prenatals. With iron will be helpful. Any woman of child-bearing age should be taking a multi-vitamin everyday anyway. This helps ensure you have enough of the good stuff like folic acid on board ahead of time as it helps prevent certain birth defects.
If you are pregnant you should be eating balanced meals with lean protein, veggies, fruits, whole grains, avoiding anything with artificial sweetener, avoid lunch/deli meats unless you zap them in the microwave till they are steaming, avoid caffeine as much as possible, avoid predator fish like tuna and mackerel. Adding wheat germ to yogurt or oatmeal also gives you and extra boost of folic acid and other good vitamins!
You can never be exactly sure when you ovulated so wait a couple of days and re-test. I remember with my first I felt like I was going to start when I was early in my pregnancy so it could be nothing.
M.H. answers from Raleigh on April 12, 2010
Holy smokes take a breather!!! I suggest that before you stress anymore, go out and buy another brand of pregnancy test (or 2 or 3 if it will make you feel better), and see what they say. If they all pop up positive, then start taking some sort of multivitamin with folic acid (believe it or not, a lot of doctors say that taking 2 Flinstone vitamins a day is exactly what you need). Just start eating a healthy, balanced diet, and you should be fine. A doctor will not actually see you until you are 8-12 weeks along (which you are not yet), so even if you get in, you will just see a nurse. All of the other issues could be associated with pregnancy or period, so I say just take another test and wait it out. Congratulations if you are!
P.S. Don't "read" your test after the 3 minute mark (or whatever they suggest). If you read the package it says that the negative result may change if left for longer than 10 minutes. Just a thought...