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Painful Cramps in Early Pregnancy

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northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 10:06:17

Hi everyone. I am newly pregnant with my first (handful of weeks, not sure as not seen GP yet). I'm experiencing very bad cramping. This seems to be my only pregnancy symptom at the moment. It's like period pains but much much worse, this is the 4th day of it and it's even waking me up in the night. This may be normal but as the pain is quite severe I am worrying. Is this normal? I called the non-emergency NHS line and they said I don't need to see anyone unless I get any other symptoms. Suppose I am looking for re-assurance, interested to hear other people's experiences. Thank you x

ChatEnOeuf Sun 14-Dec-14 10:37:03

Cramps can be normal, as everything is stretching, baby is implanting, hormones raging etc. However, if it's quite a bad pain, especially if it's one sided, it's important to get checked out as it could be an ectopic pregnancy. Miscarriage can start with cramps but often it's nothing.

northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 10:43:06

If it was miscarriage would I be bleeding by now? This has been going on for several days and no bleeding at all. Maybe I'm just being a wuss. I'm anxious at the best of times so hopefully I am worrying over nothing. It's usually the case!

northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 10:44:28

Oh and it isn't one sided, it's all over x

StrawberryMojito Sun 14-Dec-14 10:45:32

I suffered period like pains in the early stages, no bleeding and yes it did worry me. However, I'm now 33 weeks.

northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 10:55:27

That's good to know. Thank you smile

leanne963 Sun 14-Dec-14 11:22:53

I had period lie paid and a back ache when I was about 5 weeks pregnant. I am 17 weeks now and suffer from round ligament pain if I sit down for too long so I've learnt not to worry about aches.
I suffered a MC in June and I can tell you that the pain you experience during a MC is very very noticeable and 10 times worse than period pains. A slight ache is nothing to worry about as far as I am concerned.
but do get checked if you are worried! All the best!!!

leanne963 Sun 14-Dec-14 11:32:10

Oh sorry I just re read that your pain in quite severe, if you are not bleeding I'm not sure what the doctors would suggest! Maybe give them a call or ring 111! X

expectantmum79 Sun 14-Dec-14 11:45:11

Everything is stretching, I had cramp like pains (having my 2nd and didn't experience with 1st) early on and now 36 weeks. However, I'd say that The worry is worse for you so get it checked out for your peace of mind then you can relax and enjoy your Sunday.

northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 12:40:21

I did call 111 but they said I should stay at home unless I experience any other symptoms which I expect means bleeding. After that phonecall I'd feel a bit silly going up to hospital incase it's nothing. Not sure what they could do anyway as think I'm too early for a scan to pick anything up. I might call GP in the morning to see if I can get an emergency appt. Thanks everyone x

ChatEnOeuf Sun 14-Dec-14 13:10:10

When was the start of your last period? You can see yolk sac from 5w and HB from approx 6w. Either an OOH appt if you're concerned or GP tomorrow if you're not in too much discomfort etc. Ectopics tend to cause their trouble around the 6w mark.

northernlassy24 Sun 14-Dec-14 17:33:04

7th November, so I dont think I would be far along enough. Will see what doc says tomorrow. Got my hot water bottle on the go constantly until then x

elizamorr88 Sun 14-Dec-14 17:48:59

I had awful cramping in the first 12 weeks, at times the pain took my breath away and I'd have to sit/lie down. I was convinced I was having a miscarriage and when I was at work id constantly go to the toilet to check for bleeding. I'm now 28 weeks! Pregnancy is different for everyone so try not to worry too much, if it's gets too much contact the EPU who may offer a scan to put your mind at rest. Good luck!

GlitzAndGigglesx Sun 14-Dec-14 17:56:22

I had pains in the first few weeks where they'd stop me in my tracks. Visited my gp who said its common to experience this if its around the time you'd be expecting a period which I was. Mine was accompanied by tiny spotting which was a one off. Haven't had anymore pains for a few weeks now

northernlassy24 Tue 16-Dec-14 17:06:37

Doctor didn't seem too concerned, and thankfully the cramps seem to be easing slightly. I'm now having bouts of nausea. I am not complaining though - taking it all as a good sign smile

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