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    Hi everyone, My husband and I have been TTC for a little over 16months. My periods have been irregular this whole time. I was expecting them about 14 days ago and they didn't arrive. I didn't think much of it, just thought it was going to be a longer cycle this month. The average for the past 6 months has been 34 days so I waited. I thought about taking a test but told myself to wait and try not to stress about them as I know that can delay them. Anyway, the short story is I took a test, it came up positive almost straight away. We went to the DR the next afternoon and had a blood test. My HCG levels were 1990 and DR confirmed I was about 5 weeks pregnant. We spent the next few days in shock and surprise. My DR wanted to check the HCG levels again a few days later and they came back 9567 which we were really happy with. I've noticed my breasts feel fuller but nothing else so far. I've kind of had some cramps each day but maybe they aren't cramps they are just stomach pain? I feel really bloated as well - anyone know why or how to relieve? Today I went to the toilet and had some brownish with a small bit of pinky red spotting, it seemed to die off throughout the day and the first sighting was the worst but it really didn't look that bad. I was worried cause it's kind of what I would get a week before my periods were due. I've read that you can get spotting around the time your period are due, but mine were due nearly 2 weeks ago. I have an appointment with my DR in a weeks time for the next check up and was thinking I woud just mention it to her then.

    This is our first pregnancy and I have a lot of questions! For eg, I read somewhere that you shouldn't vacuum. Has anyone else heard this? What exactly are cramps in the stomach? Mine kind of feel like period pain, but they're not major. I still walk and get on with my day but I do touch my stomach alot. Maybe cause I still can't believe it. I'm 6 weeks at the moment and am really anxious about if/when morning sickness will kick in. Especially since it takes me an hour to get to work on public transport (train). I don't really fancy throwing up on the train! I've told myself if I start to feel even a little bit queasy in the morning before leaving for work I'd stay home for the day and work remotely. My ideal would be to work from home for the next 6 weeks! Somehow I dont think that is going to happen. Does anyone have any advice about how to not think about if and when m/s will happen? or how to deal if it does happen on my way to work?

    thanks for much for reading this far!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    In Bankworld with Barbara


    Firstly, congratulations on your pg! You must be so happy after TTC for 16mths.

    The spotting you are getting is probably an implantation bleed as your HCG levels are rising so not likely to be a m/c. I got this around the 6wk mark with #1 and like you I was worried too, but the Dr reassured me what it was. The cramping you are feeling is probably just your uterus stretching and growing above your public bone now, which is maybe why you feel bloated. So long as this stays mild, I'd not worry too much. If you are ever in doubt about anything, ask your Doc, he should help you.

    The vacuuming bit is an wives tale i think. I did the vacuuming with all 3 of my pg's and nothing happened. Luckily you may not even get m/s. I never had it bad, just slight nausea most days. Make the most of it while you can LOL!

    I hope I've helped you with this Pelaja.

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    thanks so much sherieb. It's such a nice feeling knowing someone's been through the same thing and able to make you feel more at ease. I hope I don't get m/s but I'm also being realistic about it.

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    tan1979 Guest


    Hi Pelaja,

    I had quite a bit of cramping early on and some mild spotting around the 2-3 week mark. I'm now just over 13 weeks and have had little or no symptoms at all. I stressed about it a lot but since having a scan and seeing that everything is ok it has settled me heaps. As for the vaccuming thing, I've been vaccuming every week and also mowing the lawns too. I think you just have to listen to your body, you'll know if you're not up to it. I hope this helps O

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    Join Date
    Nov 2005


    Hi pelaja

    Cramping i normal as long as it is not painful. The bleeding you describe is also normal.
    The vacuuming thing is an old wives tail, you can do everything now that you used to do apart from things like kick boxing.

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    littlerigger Guest


    Hey there. Congrats on the PG.

    I got the spotting too which my docs put down to an implantation bleed. I had an US at 7 weeks just so they could make sure everything was ok which it was and the baby just looked like a blob

    As for morning sickness, well I had a REAL good dose of it if I got sick in the car on the way to work I would have to pull over, no way around it unfortunately. I don't know what I would have done if I was still catching a train to work!!

    I also felt the bloated thing for sure which I was advised was just things moving about and making room in there

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