breastfeeding is contraception and quite reliable whilst baby is exclusively breastfed and not getting any other food or drink and breastfeeding every couple of hours IIRC
it is possible to get pregnant before you even have a period and to be relatively sympton free. if this is her second baby, she could be feeling baby move around 12 - 14 weeks, so earlier than with a first. why is she not testing and does she want a baby? and if not, why not using other contraception??
Totally possible. I am pregnant and breastfeed though admittedly my periods did return a while back. DS still does feed at night but generally once night feeds are dropped then normal fertility can return. And you can ovulate without having a period.
I can't believe she is so off-hand about it. How can she wait until Sunday to find out?!
I am sure I have felt those butterfly movements and I am not pregnant - there was a thread on it a year or so ago and it was quite common. You are just more senstive to your gastric nerve or something like that.
And the other thing is a pregnant test may not work because doesn't your HCG level drop after 12 weeks?
I was going to say the same as cazzybabs - I'm pretty sure that after a certain point in the pregnancy an HCG test will show as -ve regardless. If she is pregnant enough to feel kicks wouldn't the baby be big enough to palpate? If the test is -ve but she's still not sure she might want to get her GP to have a feel...
Cazzy - no, the level of HCG stays pretty constant after 3 weeks of it (ie 5 weeks of pregnancy counting from typical last period). I saw my GP after being told by him that a blood test showed I was pregnant - my levels were 100,000 units and anything over 60,000 meant more than 3 weeks pregnant. Not pregnant means less than 3 units!
GP palpated me and turned out I was 14 weeks (confirmed by scan a couple days later).
"The HCG hormone peaks to its highest levels between 8 and 11 weeks of the pregnancy. Then the level slowly decreases, lowering at 12 weeks and again at about 16 weeks of the pregnancy. The HCG level remains lower until several weeks after the birth of the baby. As the HCG levels lower, the maturing placenta takes over the role of producing other hormones to support the pregnancy (at around 12 weeks). HCG levels that are higher than expected may indicate a multiple pregnancy or the woman being more advanced in her pregnancy than calculated, or a molar pregnancy."
That said, the figures in the accompanying table show that although levels of HCG drop off dramatically after 12 weeks, you have to get out to about 4 weeks post partum before they return to pre-pregancy levels, and that they'd remain detectable by HCG pregnancy tests.
I have a friend who didn't realise she was 19 weeks pregnant with her third baby as she was still breastfeeding her second. It's very possible!
I was bfing dd1 every 2/3 hours day and night and my periods still returned just 8 weeks after giving birth.
HCG levels will remain high enough to give a positive result throughout pregnancy, especially as tests are so sensitive now. First wee of the morning will give the best result.
But it is possible that she's not pregnant, and that she's feeling phantom kicking, which I've had, and that many women feel after giving birth due to changes in the circulation and nervous system after pregnancy and birth.