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41 and suspect possible pregnancy

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Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 15:34:33

Hi everyone,
I'm a 41 year old mum of 4; eldest nearly 19, youngest 9.
Over the past week I've been feeling kicks just like a second trimester pregnancy. I've been taking a progesterone only pill Cerazette for a couple of years and had no bleeds on it plus my husband uses extra protection to ensure no accidents...
Early in December I had 2 days of spotting, which I was surprised by but I'd spotted on my previous pop pill before being put on cerazette so didn't think much of it really.

I was taken aback about a week ago when I started to feel sliding movements and little kicks. Not the flutters or nerve jumping type feelings of the first movements in pregnancy but more defined. I've put on weight but I had a good Christmas and have spent the last 2 weeks dieting to lose the Christmas excess yet to no effect and I weigh more than I would have expected.
I don't feel these movements are wind. I feel a firm bump when standing but can palpate when lying so I tried to feel for a fundus and think I can about a finger higher than my belly button and slightly to the left. I have a retroverted womb so have never had big pregnancy bumps and never before fitted in maternity clothes until the 5th month.
Pregnancy never entered my head until this week but I can't understand how, with 2 forms of contraception and I'm on the pin with taking my pill each day around the same time.

But, once these movements started and are still going now, today I started to properly wonder if some kind of miracle has occurred and I've looked back on my health since the end of the summer. I started to get migraines again when my migraines have been successfully controlled with medication since my late 20s, apart from a break when I had our youngest. Migraines are always worse when I'm pregnant but of course I didn't even consider that as a possibility and put it down to stress as we'd recently moved house. The GP and I increased my meds till the migraines stopped and I am now on a doubled dose.
Then I've been tasting many foods as really salty for a couple of months. Again, pregnancy didn't enter my mind or show up when I googled so I thought maybe I was deficient in something.
I haven't had any nausea or sickness despite suffering with my other pregnancies and had HP with my last pregnancy, leaving me bedridden till 18 weeks.
I did a bit of 'easy' yoga with my youngest (who is autistic) a fortnight ago and felt dreadfully nauseous after but put it down to my vertigo and was fine the next day.
I've been constipated but put that down to eating less since Christmas. Though I had constipation in my previous pregnancies. All these things alone would never make me think baby but when I put them together I can't help but wonder.
I'm not sure if my mind is just working overtime here or not. It would be a very unplanned pregnancy if I am pregnant but I would never not want a child and would of course be very concerned about the medication I take having an effect. I suspect if I'm feeling movement I must be second trimester and therefore a home test would be a waste of time. I'm reluctant to even mention it to hubby yet and feel I should see what happens in the next week or so. Will the movements continue, will my tummy grow? I don't want to see the GP as I can't see how our contraception has failed when we've managed it successfully without any scares for the past 25 years. I think until I'm more convinced, I'd feel an old fool!
I just wanted to share my situation here and ask if anyone had experienced anything similar or has any advice.
I may not even be feeling a fundus - what if it's my intestines?! But if it is a fundus being above my navel and feeling movement above suggests I must be quite a few weeks on??
At what point would any of you investigate further? Apart from wind I can't think what else would cause the movements.
Thanks for your time listening to me waffle. x

hoddtastic Sat 28-Jan-17 15:36:16

just take a test?

Dailymaildailyfail Sat 28-Jan-17 15:37:39

POAS- only way you're going to find out!

smartiecake Sat 28-Jan-17 15:39:20

Yep take a test. I am most definitely not pg and occasionally get a little 'flutter' in my tummy that is similar to being pg but it is a rare one off. Get a test and pee on a stick and if the fluttering continue get to the docs asap!

Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 16:41:52

That was my initial thought too but I was under the impression that the HCG levels drops right off after 12 weeks so if I'm 16 weeks + it could just be a waste of time or give a false negative.
Thanks for your responses.

HandbagFan Sat 28-Jan-17 16:56:34

Take a test first. Then if negative, make a GP appt and ask for a blood test to rule it out.

sebashocked Sat 28-Jan-17 16:58:37

You're right about levels dropping off in the second trimester but as far as my understanding goes, there is often still enough HCG to result in a positive test even at this stage. I had to poas at around 20 weeks and it was positive.
Can't help with the pill stuff, though.

Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 17:00:57

Thank you so much. I will get a stick and see what the results are and take it from there.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 28-Jan-17 17:02:10

Well you could be pregnant.

Is that helpful?

Sassenach85 Sat 28-Jan-17 17:03:14

Test and see?

TheHiphopopotamus Sat 28-Jan-17 17:05:14

I'm not sure how it works if you're on the pill but increased migraines can be a sign of peri menopause as can some of the other symptoms you've mentioned. However, as I said I'm not sure if your contraceptive pill would mask those signs or not.

The only thing to do is take a test, I think.

Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 18:03:24


Sassenach85 Sat 28-Jan-17 18:16:46


Difficultyear2015 Sat 28-Jan-17 18:24:09

How did it go?

elQuintoConyo Sat 28-Jan-17 18:26:06

That was a loooooooooong OP!

Did you wee on a stick?

Ilovecaindingle Sat 28-Jan-17 18:31:33

Update please?

Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 18:53:44

Sorry, incredibly was supposed to be a sarcastic response to bibbitybobbityyhat, but it posted at the bottom of the page. My first time on this forum!
No I've not got a test yet so no update.

Elquintoconyo, sorry for the long OP. Was hoping as much info as poss would be useful and was hoping ladies over 40 might respond, but seeing as a few responses have been quite rude, I won't bother posting again. Pregnant or not, I'll be content either way. Just wanted to see if anyone had experienced anything similar. Clearly not.

Sebashocked- thanks for your response. You seemed the most honestly interested and willing to advise.

Won't be testing until next week. Happy to wait and see and see the GP accordingly.

Newtoday Sat 28-Jan-17 19:00:47

I hope you get the result you want! And do update!

jinglebellmel Sat 28-Jan-17 19:07:04

The levels do drop off, but some of the sensetive tests are so sensetive I'm sure they'd still give you a positive - def worth a try. Asda tests are good and cheap if you don't want to waste money. Hope you get the result you want.

Sassenach85 Sat 28-Jan-17 19:16:41

I always found tesco own brand tests to be the best!

Ariellahare Sat 28-Jan-17 19:58:58

Thank you all for your recommendations. I don't have an Asda nearby, so will try the Tesco one. Thank you again and I'll update you.

RogueStar01 Sat 28-Jan-17 20:04:53

My mum didn't realise she was pg with her 3rd baby til 5 months, in your shoes I'd want to know asap because of the medication you're on in case it's bad for the baby.

MrsBobDylan Sat 28-Jan-17 20:05:42

There was a post last week from someone who had done a test and it was positive and when she went for a scan was around 16 weeks along, so you should have enough hcg to show up.

Please test, don't leave us hanging op!

bobbinpop Sat 28-Jan-17 20:07:31

Good luck with it! No helpful words, but I hope you get the result you're after.

gamerchick Sat 28-Jan-17 20:09:09

You need to find out soon. If you're not you need kick feelings checked out in case of an
aortic aneurysm. Don't ignore it either way.

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