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Old 09-23-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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I'm only 5 weeks and have been very crampy today - feels like bad menstrual cramps. No bleeding though. I don't remember feeling this with my previous two but its been a while so maybe I just don't remember. Can someone please reassure me this is normal?

ETA am now having light spotting as well.

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Re: How much cramping is too much?

I've had some sort of early cramping/bleeding with all 4 of my pregnancies. When I miscarried, though, I didn't have any cramping until after I started bleeding, which I've heard is typical. If you happen to have an ovarian cyst (not uncommon) that can cause cramping too, but it would be pretty localized. I don't think cramping in and of itself is a problem, but the sad reality is that even if you went to get it checked out there's really nothing that can be done either way. I said a prayer for you and your little babe!
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I've had some sort of early cramping/bleeding with all 4 of my pregnancies. When I miscarried, though, I didn't have any cramping until after I started bleeding, which I've heard is typical. If you happen to have an ovarian cyst (not uncommon) that can cause cramping too, but it would be pretty localized. I don't think cramping in and of itself is a problem, but the sad reality is that even if you went to get it checked out there's really nothing that can be done either way. I said a prayer for you and your little babe!
Thank you for the prayer! We Are hoping it is normal and no history of cysts.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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No cramping until after I started bleeding, with my loss, too.

I'm crampy my whole pregnancy. It's not fun.
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drink a bunch of water and lay down for a bit
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Re: How much cramping is too much?

I'm 7 weeks and I've had cramping since before I even found out I was pregnant. It can get fairly uncomfortable at times, but never PAINFUL. With my loss, I didn't start cramping until several hours AFTER the bleeding started as well. It became pretty painful.

I'd definitely see a doctor.
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I'd definitely see a doctor.
This. At least give the doc a call and see what they recommend. Praying for you that it's nothing!
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I had some bleeding issues with #3. I was told that cramping is alright and bleeding is alright but cramping AND bleeding together is not alright.

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I had cramping with both my first and second. With my second I also had light bleeding and a clot the size of a quarter. I was sure I lost the baby and was devastated. I called our nurse line and they said that there wasn't anything to do to prevent it, but that I'm welcome to come in and check on baby and be monitored. I figured that the worrying/anxiety (and I do have genuine medically significant anxiety issues) from "not knowing" could do more harm than anything else, and went to get check. Baby was 100% fine and I got to see the heartbeat.

All that to say - it's normal to have some light cramping and bleeding, but knowing that doesn't necessarily make one feel better. If you think getting checked out would help ease your mind then I say do it.
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