Are cramps normal?

OK, I'm sorry I'm being such a spaz, but I'm a huge worrier.

I've managed to freak myself out again. I got "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" at Target (it was the only book they had I'd seen you guys mention) and started reading it last night. It mentioned that women who have had an infection are more prone to ectopic pregnancies, and cramps are one of the symptoms. So now I'm completely freaking out because I've had cramps for about a week. They feel like period cramps, but a little milder. Please tell me if it's also normal for healthy pregnancies? Should I call the doctor and get an earlier appointment? My first prenatal appointment isn't for another week and a half. Thanks!
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Bailey, I don't know the answer to your question, but I think anytime you are worried about something, go ahead and give your doctor's office a call and tell them what's going on.

Either they say, "don't worry," and you'll feel relieved, or they say "we think you should come in," and you will feel relieved that you took action and are getting care that you might need.

Remember, it's their job to listen to worried pregnant women!

Bailey, I had cramps for the first few weeks of my pregnancy. They felt like the ones that I would get right before my period would start. I was told that those have something to do with your uterus stretching and growing. I had the ectopic fear too but was told that the pain from that is much worse and hard to ignore. Sounds like you are okay but it won't hurt to call your doctor anyway.


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Bailey, I had cramps for the first few weeks of my pregnancy. They felt like the ones that I would get right before my period would start. I was told that those have something to do with your uterus stretching and growing. I had the ectopic fear too but was told that the pain from that is much worse and hard to ignore. Sounds like you are okay but it won't hurt to call your doctor anyway.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Thank you so much! I did call the dr's office, but at least now I'm not having a major panic attack while I wait for my midwife to call me back.
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Remember, it's their job to listen to worried pregnant women!
Originally Posted by iris427
Thanks! You know, I know all pregnant women get paranoid, but I can't help but feel that I'm being unnaturally spastic about this whole thing. I'm sure it's all in my head though.
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I had cramps in the beginning too. I kept waiting and waiting for a period b/c that is what the cramps felt like, but nothing. I think my cramps stopped around 8-10 weeks.
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Cramps are totally normal in the first trimester - I had them even into the early second trimester. They happen as your uterus is stretching for the baby.

Paranoia is normal, too - I had and still have lots of that!

From what I have read, the pain with an ectopic is pretty severe and is usually on one side and/or the shoulders, and often comes with spotting or bleeding. Cramps usually aren't a concern unless they are as bad as severe menstrual cramps and/or come with bleeding.
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Remember, it's their job to listen to worried pregnant women!
Originally Posted by iris427
Thanks! You know, I know all pregnant women get paranoid, but I can't help but feel that I'm being unnaturally spastic about this whole thing. I'm sure it's all in my head though.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I'm sure it's all in your head too!

Hmm, that usually isn't a good thing to say

OK, I'm sorry I'm being such a spaz, but I'm a huge worrier.

I've managed to freak myself out again. I got "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" at Target (it was the only book they had I'd seen you guys mention) and started reading it last night. It mentioned that women who have had an infection are more prone to ectopic pregnancies, and cramps are one of the symptoms. So now I'm completely freaking out because I've had cramps for about a week. They feel like period cramps, but a little milder. Please tell me if it's also normal for healthy pregnancies? Should I call the doctor and get an earlier appointment? My first prenatal appointment isn't for another week and a half. Thanks!
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I kept getting those I'm going to start me period cramps for like 2 weeks before I finally broke down and took the test I think they can be normal but if you're really worried about it I'd call the Dr. Do you know how far along you are??







I kept getting those I'm going to start me period cramps for like 2 weeks before I finally broke down and took the test I think they can be normal but if you're really worried about it I'd call the Dr. Do you know how far along you are??
Originally Posted by picklesgirl
4 weeks, so it's still very early. It sounds like it's normal from what you all are saying, I'm just so terrified something is going to happen. I'm really trying not to stress out though.
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Well, now I'm thoroughly annoyed! The midwife never called me back, or if she did, she didn't leave a message. They close at noon on Fridays, so I will have to wait until Monday to call them again.

I'm glad you all think it's ok, or I'd be totally flipping out right now.
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Well, now I'm thoroughly annoyed! The midwife never called me back, or if she did, she didn't leave a message. They close at noon on Fridays, so I will have to wait until Monday to call them again.

I'm glad you all think it's ok, or I'd be totally flipping out right now.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Bailey, do any of your local hospitals have a line you can call and speak with someone? The hospital I work at has a 24 hour "Mom's Line" for pregnant or new mothers to call and talk to a nurse about anything related to women's and infants' health.

That's a good idea. I will check the phonebook when I get home. I know my insurance company has an expecting mom program with free advice/assistance, but I haven't received the information in the mail yet. :/ We have a very big teaching hospital associated with the University, so there's got to be something like the Mom Line you described.
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That's a good idea. I will check the phonebook when I get home. I know my insurance company has an expecting mom program with free advice/assistance, but I haven't received the information in the mail yet. :/ We have a very big teaching hospital associated with the University, so there's got to be something like the Mom Line you described.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
It might not be in the phone book, so if you don't find anything there, try calling the hospital and asking.

Yes, it's definitely normal to have cramps in very early pregnancy. I always felt like I was about to get my period...but it never showed up. That's how I knew to take a test.
Yes, it's definitely normal to have cramps in very early pregnancy. I always felt like I was about to get my period...but it never showed up. That's how I knew to take a test.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Ditto!

Cramps AND red spotting together are a bit more troublesome. I had cramping initially and then I had spotting but never the two together.
Yes, it's definitely normal to have cramps in very early pregnancy. I always felt like I was about to get my period...but it never showed up. That's how I knew to take a test.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Ditto!

Cramps AND red spotting together are a bit more troublesome. I had cramping initially and then I had spotting but never the two together.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
Nope, the only time I had spotting was earlier, which now i know was when the egg burrowed into wherever it goes. I thought I was having a weird early period. No spotting since then, and the cramps are actually easing off. I am so relieved!
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That's a good idea. I will check the phonebook when I get home. I know my insurance company has an expecting mom program with free advice/assistance, but I haven't received the information in the mail yet. :/ We have a very big teaching hospital associated with the University, so there's got to be something like the Mom Line you described.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
bailey call shands.. i think they have a telemedicine line.. if they don't the operator will transfer you to the l&d triage and you can talk to the nurse there..
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ugh! Well, I wish I hadn't called! They got me all freaked out, and I honestly felt better after just listening to you guys. The nurse was trying to be nice I guess, and told me I shouldn't worry about it b/c if I'm losing the pregnancy, there's nothing anyone can do about it anyway. She did say it can be normal, but why even mention miscarriage to me if this is normal?? So of course I got off the phone in tears.
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