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Symptoms of Pregnancy

I was wondering if there are any other moms who in their first trimester (like 8 weeks along) have felt bloated, and have had lower ab cramps. I've read MANY articles that lower ab pains is normal, but I have my family freaking out about it and this being my first pregnancy I'm a little scared with things. My first dr. appt. isn't until next week.

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Hi, T.,

I am a 34 year old mother of 4, and I can speak from experience that what you are experienceing is totally normal. Sometimes the cramps were so bad that I felt like I was going to actually get my period! It made me nervous too, but rest assured that this is all part of pregnancy. Good luck and God bless! :)

I have 3 children, but my sister who just went through this is a great example, she is 20 with her first child, she was having major cramping, and was bloated too, she was so worried, and didnt have a Dr. appt until a month away, i told her as long as she's not spotting everything should be fine, its normal for the body to have cramping, she didnt listen went to the emergency room 2xs in a month, they told her everything was fine, no temp., no spotting, everything is fine. 6 motnhs later her and baby are perfectly healthy :-) You would be amazed at how much the body really does change during pregnancy, even your blood flow is faster, so as long as there isnt any spotting, no tempurature, i wouldnt be to worried, your body is just preparing for child birth, certain parts have to expand, and others move outta the way totally. My advice, listen to your body, you know it better than anyone else, by my 3rd child i walked into the hospital, told the nurses prepare a room, im ready to have this baby(and they laughed)and within the next 20 mins, my 3rd 10lb(yes i said 10lb) baby was born. You are going to hear a million baby stories, and everyone will tell you what they think you should do, and have some crazy home remedy for heartburn, just listen to your body,and educate yourself, and write down everything, its always funny to go back and read some things you write when you're pregnant.....Good Luck, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Being a Mom is the best gift anyone could have..J.

Welcome to motherhood! I recommend that you purchase the book What to expect when expecting. It is great. It answers so many questions about your changing body. Also Babycenter.com is great. I am a mother of 3 boys and I am expecting me fourth in August. I have had the cramps you are talking about. Not to worry. It is your legiments softening so that your body is ready to have the baby. I hope this helps. Congratulations!!

T., It's ok to be nervous. Probably what you are experiencing is the ligaments stretching. My best friend had this horribly for the first couple of months. I didn't experience this with my first, but did with my second. Which I found weird. The important thing is if you have any spotting. If that should happen, call your doctor immediately. If it's pains, only you know the severity. If it would make you feel better, call your doctors office. They might have you in to listen for the baby's heartbeat, then everyone will feel better. Good luck, and remember that women have babies EVERY DAY, and if they can do it, then so can you! Congratulations, you are soon to have the best, most important and most rewarding job ever! Enjoy every moment of it.

Hello- First of all CONGRATULATIONS!! This must be a very exciting time for you. Second of all the abdominal cramping is normal. I was the same way with my pregnancy. I was convinced that I was going to have a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. However my daughter is 16 months and very healthy. I would encourage you not to worry but if you just can't help it call your doctor. That is what they are there for. If you don't have The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-To-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy I would encourage you to get it. It goes day by day to tell you what is going on. Your first trimester is very important and there are A LOT of changes going on in your body. Hope my lengthy e-mail helped a little. Good Luck and God Bless!!!

I had a feeling of fullness and quite a bit of cramping/pain in my lower pelvic region the first two trimesters. My specialist said it was simply the stretching of my muscles/ligaments, etc. to allow for the growth of the baby and was nothing to worry about. Be sure to mention it to your Dr. at your upcoming appt. but I believe that some discomfort is common, esp. with first pregnancies.

It's probably just the beginnings of massive gas goings on that exist during pregnancy. Mine were so bad with one that I thought it was actually kicking. Nope. Anyway, if you're really worried you could see your doctor early but there would be little or anything he/she could do. Your body changes a TON and this is just the beginning! Good luck, they're worth it!

Dear T.,
I had cramping and even spotting w/my 3rd and 4th pregnancies. (Those kids are now 9 and 4 years old!) Because I was nervous about these symptoms, (who wouldn't be?)it was important to me to have a doctor who would check my hormone levels often and be very proactive in caring for me. I hope that your doc is 'aggressive' in caring for you and if not, there are MANY great Obstetricians in Omaha! I am saying a prayer for you today that your symptoms will subside soon and that your baby will grow big and strong and healthy!! - D.

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