Just Found Out I Am Pregnant

Updated on February 09, 2008
S.C. asks from Harbor City, CA
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Is some cramping normal??
I was told that I would not be able to conceive. After giving up completly, SUPRISE...PREGNANT!! I just found out 3 days ago and I am really scared that I may loose it. I am still haveing cramping llike I am going to start. Is this normal?

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M.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
My name is M.. I work labor and delivery and I would suggest you call your doctor right away..always better to be safe than sorry. I hope everything works out.

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E.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had cramping too, and I made it to full-term, but I would advise you to have your doctor check your progesterone levels. Progesterone is needed to sustain a pregnancy. I found out later when I had my hormones tested that I make very little progesterone, and I suspect that there are a lot of women whose levels are not at peak either. Luckily, at some point during my pregnancy, my levels picked up enough to sustain my pregnancy.

I too was told I couldn't conceive, and now have a 3 year old. Good luck!

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C.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Go to your OBGYN!!!!! It could be nothing. Or it could be something. You don't know unless you are seen by your Doctor. Please take it from me, i've had four miscarriages!!! Take Care, C. D. Long Beach, CA.

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C.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

I cramped a lot throughout my pregnancy, especially in the earliest weeks.

I strongly recommend you do what I did and talk to your doctor and get reassurance from a professional.

To the best of my recollection, I was told that the round ligaments are stretching, causing cramping kinda low and to the sides.

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H.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
Congratulations! I don't want to scare you but please have your doctor check you out. I cramped and then started spotting and ended up having an ectopic pregnancy for which surgery was required. I hope and pray that it not what you have but please get checked just to be safe. Good luck.

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M.E.

answers from Honolulu on

S.,
The best thing to do, is not to worry so much. You put stress on yourself and on baby. Just relax, take on day at a time and have fun with it. I mean despite the norms, morning sickness, gas, emotions. The same thing happened to me too. When I was prego's, I cramped so much I thought I was gonna die. And the same thing happened to a couple of my other girlfriends and cousins too. If you're really that concerned, I'd see a doctor.
*congratulations, M.E.

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N.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Cramping is totally normal.. your body is making room for the baby. I don't know your history though about why you would not be able to conceive. I would definately talk to you doctor... but the relieve your mind a little I cramped up for about the first three months.

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U.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear S.,
Some women actually even get a period when they are pregnant and I have been told by many woman that they cramp in the very beginning. Still, I would check progesterone levels and, if you have any chance of a risky pregnancy, a good OB would consider enhancing them with natural progesterone suppositories. You might also consider taking baby asprin (81 mg) as a precaution. It thins the blood just enough to help if the uterus is forming clots (another reason for cramping) and does not harm the baby. So that you feel comfortable, you could run this advice by an OB. I would recommend to you that you see Dr. Robert Friedland in Beverly Hills. He is a fertility doc and an OB and specialzes in any type of problem in pregnancy and since you were told that you could not conceive (I don't know the reason), it might be a good idea to work with an OB who knows about fertility issues and pregnancy.
I wish you the very best!!
Warmly,
Najla

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L.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear S.,
Have your Doctor check this out right away. It could be nothing but you should check to be safe. There is a wide range of what is normal.

Good luck!

L.

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C.N.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Dear S.,

No, I don't think that it is normal. Go to the doctor, now. O.K.? No reason to torture yourself - go and find out. C. N.

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S.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S....

I would definitely make an appt. with your doctor JUST to be on the safe side. What's "normal" for one...is not necessarily "normal" for another.

I've never experienced cramps with either one of my pregnancies, but I DID have some spotting with my youngest. I was told that as long as the spotting wasn't heavy and acoompanied with bad cramps that things were okay.

I had an ultrasound done any way just to be safe. That was 5 1/2 years ago. You can never ask too many questions. This is YOUR miracle child. Try not to stress yourself because it will stress the baby. Relax a little more. Stay off of your feet...and CONGRATS!!

S. V.
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V.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi Suzi,

After reading this weekends postings, I felt compelled to respond to you. I think that some cramping can be normal. As I learned, there was nothing I could do to prevent it and nothing I did wrong to bring them on. I know you are scared, right now. I have been were you are, not once but three times. Your posting could be my own. I also had a hard time conceiving. I had two miscarriages before I was able to carry my 1st daughter to term and then I had a third after her. It took me six years in all to have two girls. My girls are now 9 and 5.
**Please try to celebrate that you have been able to conceive. My fertility doctor pointed out that getting pregnant is the hard part. Keeping you pregnant is a lot easier. My progesterone levels came back lower than normal. From what I understand, progesterone is what feeds the egg sack until it fully forms into the embreyo. You might want to have your doctor check those levels. I believe you have to be pregnant for certain levels to be present. They are supposed to double every week or so. I went on progesterone suppositories until the third month.
I hope I haven't added to your anxiety. I educated myself on what I needed to do to have babies.I went on chinese herbs to even out my hormones, used wild yam lotion from the health food store and everything else anyone suggested along the way. I was determined!! Mostly I prayed(everyday, sometimes all day). Then God sent me my "Angel" (doctor). She commiteed to keeping me pregnant. She told me she would try everything she knew that worked and then try something else if they didn't. As I said before getting pregnant is the hard part and Girl you did that!! If you don't already have one, get yourself a good obgyn. I pray that everything works out for you. Keep me posted.

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R.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

When I first concieved with my first child I had alot of cramping like I was going to start my period, but I never did and my child came out normal, but I would really let your doctor know and have him check it out.....R. marcelle

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M.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

It can be normal for some. I suggest you go to the health food store and take crampbark and false unicorn, tincture or capsules, 3 times a day. For a miscarriage prevention brew read Susun Weed's Herbal for Pregnancy. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, Nettles tea, and Red Clover Tea are all very nourishing for the uterus, so be kind to your body and drink a lot! And congratulations! Even if this one is just passing through you have learned that you can get pregnant! It is good for your body in many ways, let it motivate you to improve your general nutrition with more fresh raw fruits and vegetables, less junk and high fat and refined foods, less dairy and red meat. Drink plenty of water also to reduce cramping, try warm baths (99-101F)and good luck!

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M.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Yes. Don't stress it too much but if you are really worried, if the pain is intense or it is combined w/spotting, contact your ob. Your body will have all kinds of odd aches and pains and cramps as your pregnancy progresses.

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A.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Yes it's totally normal. Throughout my entire pregnancy cramped and felt like I was going to start.

Just to be safe though, go to the doctor and have it checked out.

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A.A.

answers from San Diego on

cramping can be a normal sign. as well spotting(light bleeding) i spotted with my first every month around cycle time for the first 5 months.
try to stay positive and relaxed, and I would avoid over exertion.
I actually miscarried once after doing some heavy yard work, we were tilling our backyard by hand.
....anyhow goodluck

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D.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

The same occurred with me. I found out i was pregnant friday and started cramping really bad on saturday. It was horrible. I thought i was losing the baby, looked at every web site and cried all weekend. Turns out cramping is completely normal. My little egg was making a nice little womb.
Pregnancy was not my body's favourite thing. It was rough and painful, but i gave birth to a glorious baby girl.

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S.F.

answers from Santa Barbara on

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I had alarmingly heavy cramps- especially from the 4th-10th week of my pregnancy. It was so bad that I actually had numerous ultrasounds to confirm there was no problem. It did make me really lie low, relax and take baths and maybe that is what our little one needed. Everything was fine and we are now celebrating our son's first birthday! So call your doctor if you need to get reassurance, but cramping was normal for me. I hope you feel better soon and can relax and enjoy being pregnant!

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S.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

First of all check with your doctor. I had cramping during my pregnancy. My obgyn thinks it was my uterus expanding. I did take the advise of my general doctor, "as its your very first pregnancy give your body a break and take it easy." During the 1st trimester I stopped pilates and just did relaxing stretches. Your body is trying to adjust. Best of luck... Enjoy every minute! Looking back it goes very quickly!

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

With your medical history, I would see a doctor. Yes,
some cramping is usual. But, I would be very careful
and see your doctor. With my second born, I had a lot
of bedrest (she wanted to be born at 23 weeks) - she
was born at 37 weeks (but, it took a lot of work and
rest on my part). Blessings to you and good luck, J.

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B.S.

answers from San Diego on

Hey S.,
Congrats! It's totally normal. With my 1st daughter I had really bad cramping and even a little spotting. The doctors said not to worry about the cramping unless there was heavy bleeding. But I think it lasted on and off for a few months. But in the beginning I kept thinking that I was going to start my period even the my test came out positive!!!

Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
I would say it depends on the severity of your monthly cramps. Some "cramping type feelings" are normal for a while as your uterus begins to stretch. I remember these as mild PMS symptoms. But my crmps every month are TERRIBLE so these were not bad comparitvely. What you need to watch for is spotting. Some Drs. and nurses will alos dismiss spotting but I say ALWAYS check it out...this comes from personal experience of having 3 miscarriages.
So unless your cramps are fairly strong, you are probably just fine!

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D.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Especially since you have a special situation, never feel like you're a bother by telling the doctor anytime you have a worry. However, I at 13 weeks right now, and I had some milkd cramping in the beginning that worried me. My widwife told me two things: when I get to where my period would have been the first couple months, I may have a few PMS symptoms. Also, muscles around the uterus (that I have NEVER used before) are starting to activate and grow, and it feels like menstrual cramps.

What I don't like is that right now when I cough it feels like it hurts my ovaries. Hmm. Lots of weird things happen when we're pregnant, don't they!

One of the most important things is to keep smiling! All these things are small beans compared the miracle of babies, even if real problems do come up. The baby needs us to be happy, not worrying al the time! During my morning sickness my husband would always tell me that and try to cheer me up.

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A.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

How is you Calcium and Magnesium Intake? You need these for Muscle contaction and nerve impulses...Also, have your Massage Therapist check your PSOAS Muscle....Sometimes these 3 things will help take care of those cramps....If you need a supplement that you ADD to water, and get right to the INTRACELLULAR LEVEL almost immediatly, check out the Extrem X20, at www.xooma.ca

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L.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

I cramped my whole first trimester and then some. My doctor told me that it was totally normal, as the uterus is expanding.

C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Congratulations!! I had cramping until I was about 7 weeks along. That's what made me take a pregnancy test because I didn't get cramps with my periods. My OB told me that as long as there is no bleeding and the cramps aren't too painful then it's just your uterus stretching from the new little life growing inside of you. My sister-in-law had the same thing with her first pregnancy and we both have healthy kids. Good Luck!!

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D.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

definately call your doctor. i have never had cramping that early. I have had 4 kids and 5 pregnancies. good luck to you. It is an exciting time!

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S.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Congratulations!
Cramping is totally normal in the beginning. Don't worry! :)

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A.E.

answers from San Diego on

First Congratualtions! Wow! Second, yes cramping is very normal, I had it for about 4 weeks. Also some spotting is normal, like light brown discharge. It is just when the egg is implanting it causes cramping and some bledding. I pray everything goes well for you.

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T.S.

answers from San Diego on

Congratulations! I believe some cramping is a normal part of the implantation process. How bad is it? Mild? Moderate? Severe? Is it mid pelvis or on either side? You may want to call your ob/gyn and make sure an ectopic pregnancy is not a concern. Otherwise Take it easy now, rest alot, no strenuous activity and of course "pelvic rest!!". Its cramping with bleeding that you need to watch for. I hope all goes well.

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M.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Let me first say that you should check with your doctor, he/she will know best. Next, I think that some cramping is normal as long as the pain isn't too intense. A couple of pointers, I would cut out out mint/peppermint teas/ice cream etc. When I was pregnant I experienced cramping and then found out that mint/peppermint can cause contractions. (Check www.kellymom.com for more info on that and just a great all around resource). Finally, the day after I found out I was pregnant, I experienced cramping that escalated over a period of 4 hours until it was so intense that my husband had to take me to the ER. As it turns out, it was dehydration - and don't worry I had a great pregnancy after that and now a very healthy baby boy! When you get dehydrated, you're body can start going into labor so liquids are key, especially with electrolytes. And I cut out coffee. BTW, pedialyte ice pops were fantastic during labor! Then again, this is all based on my personal experience and you could have just run of the mill cramps, which I believe are pretty normal. Feel free to email me if you have more questions but do check with your doctor(cause I'm not one!)
Best,
M.
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H.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

My best friend of 20 years had cramps for the first few weeks with all of her pregnancy's. All of her kids are very happy and healthy. No complications. It was just "normal" for her. Although, she did worry a ton about it each time. I would however, call your doctor and find out what he/she says. I also agree with the last response....go have an ultra sound done. I wish the best for you.

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T.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Its normal your body goes through that at the beginning but if the cramping gets real bad please go to the hospital. I hope that everything goes well. Dont stress because that will make you cramp too always remember to sit down and take a break when every you can a relaxing bath or shower will help better then taking something for the cramping a healthy person means a healthy baby. I wish you luck take care!!!!

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E.B.

answers from New York on

Hi S.. I am just seven weeks pregnant with my first so I can't tell you what's normal for everyone but I can tell you that when I first found out I was pregnant, I too was cramping (at expected my menstrual date).
In fact, I have continued to cramp a little even up until now. I believe that cramping through the first trimester is common for some women. So, I would keep an optimistic mind and don't worry yourself or your baby too much. Hope that's helpful.
Peace,
E.

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C.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

I'm not sure if it's normal, but I had some PMS like cramping at the very beginning of my pregnancy as well. That's how I found out I was pregnant! Like you, I didn't think I could conceive, but found I was having bad "PMS" symptoms and thought I might have a tumor! Instead-- I was about 5-6 weeks at the time. To be safe, go see a doctor. I ended getting an ultrasound and blood test and everything was fine. Now I'm a happy mom of a beautiful 5 month old baby boy! Good luck!!

Here's some info that I found online:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_cramping_an_early_sign_of_pr...

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J.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

First of all it is normal !!Your uteris is growing and stretching to accomidate your little one. I was told i could not carry, Although my story is a little diffrent. I new i was pregnant and had it confirmed through the doctor. When i told him i was cramping he sent me to the emergency room that second. I was worried, what was the rush. When we got there we waited 7 hours very uncomfortable, to find out TWINS.Doctor came in and said "congrats there are two in there." My two are now 2 years old and very healthy. Stay off your feet and eat lots of fruits and vegies.Watermelon is good it has alot of water and you can eat as much as you want. If you dont feel well it is your body telling you to relax and take deep breaths. You now have a growing person inside and she/he/they will need all your nutrients and food.
Try not to worry, baby books will help explain everything if you are scared. If you ever need a "listener" please feel free to contact me. Also, if i cant give you an answer, I am really good friends with my obgyn and she anwers alot of my baby questions still. Take Care
J. & Twins

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

If it were me i would call my dr. for everything. call and make an appt. with your dr. and voice your concerns and have a talk with him about what is ok and normal and what is not.

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D.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Absolutely. I was concerned too, but some cramping is normal. Severe cramping, like the kind where you curl up in a ball and have to stay in bed is not. I do massage and have been told by another massage therapist that specializes in prenatal work, as well as my OB, that the ligaments and tendons are already softening and stretching. It's amazing!

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.-
Congrats first of all on the baby!!!!!! It's a very exciting thing!! I have a 7 month old in which I had minor cramping with the first couple of months on and off and now i'm pregnant again and forgot how much cramping I really had before!!! So yes it's normal!! It feels like you will get your period any day you may even experience some lower back pain as if your period will start- but it won't!! Just don't stress because it's hard on baby and enjoy every bit of your pregnancy- hope this helps- Good Luck-B.

D.C.

answers from Dallas on

I would go to the doctor right away because I was cramping when I found out I got pregnant and I ended up losing the baby at 4 weeks along. But on the other hand with my first daughter, I had two periods while being pregnant and everything was fine. But I would go have that checked because any cramping may not be a good sign. You just want to cover all your bases to make sure everything is ok.

My doctor told me that usually during the first few weeks your body is stretching and that may cause some cramping but I would not take a chance on it being that. Just go and have an ultrasound to make sure that everything is ok.

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Since your pregnancy is both a surprise and in spite of predictions, I think you should waste _no time_ in contacting your doctor with ANY questions or concerns at all! Whether the cramping is "normal" for others is completely irrelevant to your, very individualized, situation.

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K.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I was cramping ALOT..during my first 3-4 months with both of my pregnancies, especially the second....the cramping most of the time is the uterus expanding, and going through all the changes. It is very normal to have the cramps as long as there isn't bleeding...When I was pregnant with my second baby I thought for sure with all the cramping I was starting my period at any minute. Best of luck, I am sure all is well...Good luck, you are in for the best journey ever.

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G.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

You should call your doctor (OBGYN) on this one. Better safe than sorry!

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M.L.

answers from San Diego on

If you haven't called your doctor, do so quickly. I had trouble conceving also, and had the cramping too. Turned out that it was just my body adjusting, but call the doctor anyway just to ease your mind and have all questions answered. Don't worry that you are asking to many questions, that is what they are there for.
Congrads on the little angel. And enjoy the experience.

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