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Is it all in my head or should I ask for a scan?

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MustHaveMoreTea Wed 29-Oct-14 07:17:36

Right. So. Been bf almost exclusively for 8months. Besides mastitis drama and one breast being an idiot afterwards things are going well. Well, I say almost exclusively because I did spend two weeks not breastfeeding about three/four months ago due to various work commitments (fooking long story so let's just skip over it); expressed about 50ml a day but mostly formula fed. My supply came back in with the help of magic pills after job was finished so took DC off the bottle and back on boob again. All dandy.
I did however expect that my periods would come back as a result of that break in mammary transmission but they didn't! And they still haven't. thlhmm I understood it to be quite normal for that to happen if you stop bf for any reason????? Right?? confused
I haven't had any serious pg symptoms as such but was feeling quite tired for a couple of weeks a while back and have gained a tiny bit of weight. Never had much symptoms with other DC either (super easy and am thankful for it!) although of course I was expecting it and paying attention to small things. Everything symptomlike so far I've just clocked up to general bfing side-effects or sleep-depravation or rubbish eating patterns.
POAS and it was negative and asked for a blood test at the GP surgery which was also negative. But I can't get this bloody nagging feeling out of my head because of that big gap in bfing?!?! Still no sign of AF. My boob supply has dropped a bit in volume. And I swear my tummy feels a bit different when I poke at it (although it could of course just be from the previous pg I'm sure.)
But I've been drinking and taking ibuprofen and aspirin and all sorts of things which I probably shouldn't be doing if I were up the duff. And if I am pg I should probably get with the programme, right? Good and rather wise friend thinks I should ask for a scan and says blood test can definitely be wrong if pg is too far along already? What is too far?
Do you think I'm just imagining it now or is she right about the whole blood test thing and I should insist on an ultrasound or something? I don't want to look like a fecking idiot or some mad woman imagining stuff by asking for something which is obviously not necessary???? thlblush

willitbe Wed 29-Oct-14 17:44:29

Blood test will not be wrong for how far along ( urine test could be due to hook effect). It is rare for a negative blood test to be wrong (although it can happen)

However a doctor should be able to feel your stomach and tell whether your uterus is enlarged. Only if this is the case, would they send you for a scan.

Periods will not necessarily restart just because of a break in breastfeeding, it can happen but not necessarily. Stopping breastfeeding will not automatically restart your cycle immediately, some women have to wait a while for it to happen, just as others restart their cycles while still beastfeeding. It is an individual thing.

If you are really concerned about possibly being pregnant still, then go back to gp and ask them to check your stomach.

MustHaveMoreTea Thu 30-Oct-14 05:50:46

Thanks! That blood test thing I was told threw me completely - good to know it is wrong. smile

MiscellaneousAssortment Thu 30-Oct-14 05:56:52

Sorry, didn't I read the same thread in the last few days, except it had more than 3 replies? Am v confused.

NorwaySpruce Thu 30-Oct-14 06:00:04

As PP said, the blood test is pretty conclusive.

I wouldn't pin too much on the two week break in BF.

My periods didn't restart until 6 months after I stopped breast-feeding, that was fun, as we had wanted to have another child pretty quickly. grin

MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 15:38:07

Arrr Norway murphy's law. smile
Miscellaneous I xposted as I was hanging around the computer anyway and realised that the conception thread doesn't get many reads as often as some of the other ones! grin

Gingerandcocoa Sat 01-Nov-14 15:46:49

Sorry this is a random question, but what did you do to increase your milk supplies? What were the pills??

MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 17:57:44

Ginger I'll PM you.

MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 18:03:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Eaghoul Sat 01-Nov-14 18:08:21

Just to say musthave, that I had all those "feeling pg" symptoms around the time that my AF was gearing up to return postpartum (I was still BF at the time too).

They were even stronger during the second cycle pp and I did POAS a few times, all negative.

Looking back now I think the symptoms were a sign that I was coming back to full fertility.

Of course it could be different for you so I'd say to visit a doctor for certainty! Good luck!

MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 18:17:53


MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 18:51:10

eaghoul That is probably the most helpful comment I've got. Thanks so very much. That is good to know and I shall keep an eye out (and resupply the bathroom cabinet with tampons just in case.) grin

MustHaveMoreTea Sat 01-Nov-14 18:56:53

I've asked MNHQ to remove my previous post about the meds and will try to PM ginger privately again. Just don't think I should suggest medicines "publicly" since I am not a specialist in this area so feel a bit uncomfortable doing so. Happy to tell you what it was off-thread.

shroomboom Sat 01-Nov-14 19:26:41

I've been bf'ing for 9 months, and am in a similar situation to you - I keep feeling like I've ovulated, and then have symptoms similar to being pregnant, but no period yet. I've resorted to POAS a few times, although tbh don't really feel pg so I knew they'd be -ve. I suspect it's like Eaghoul said, and it's just our bodies gearing up to get back to normal again.
I can't remember what happened after ds, but I don't think I knew my body as well back then but I think my period had returned by now. We were away last weekend, and I was so sure that I'd OV'd on a certain date that I was convinced AF was going to start on Sunday, but it still hasn't confused
Oh well, time will tell I suppose grin

MustHaveMoreTea Mon 03-Nov-14 10:55:50

Oh well, time will tell I suppose
Silly time. It aught to get its act together.

Coffeeaddictforever Mon 03-Nov-14 18:13:40

I fed dd for 11 months. My period returned at 10 months. From dd being about 5 months I felt pregnant. Tired etc. I became and still am a poas addict. Me and dh only using withdrawal method. Dh not wanting baby no. 2 yet, but I guess I would be more than happy. I stoped feeding dd last month so I should really go get myself on the pill. I think when you are breastfeeding you are awash with hormones and as a side affect you feel pregnant (one of the many downers of bf)

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