A Fix

I’ve been having cramping.

Nobody panic (I’m doing enough for all of us), as I’ve been told this is completely normal, both by the good Dr. Google, and my RE. Honestly, I’ve been cramping since a few days after my transfer, but it does seem to be getting worse. I sent my doctor an email yesterday, stating the following:

“I’ve been having some cramping, and I wanted to check in with you on that. From what I’ve seen online, it’s probably fine, but it does make me worried (I’m probably being paranoid though). It’s similar to menstrual cramps, and it seems to vary from one side to the other. It isn’t consistent, and doesn’t seem to be sparked by any activity (or lack of activity) in particular. I get cramping multiple times a day, and it lasts for a few minutes. Is this something I should be concerned about?”

My doctor called me after reading my email and asked me a few questions. Was I having any spotting? (No) How painful is the cramping? (No worse than cramps from my period) And then she reassured me that cramping in the first trimester is very normal, and does not mean I will have a miscarriage. Even if I develop some spotting, it does not mean I will be having a miscarriage. But she suggested I come in for an early scan to “check the placement of the gestational sac.”

You better believe I took her up on it. I’m like a junkie, in withdrawal from my drug of choice (ultrasound wands, of course). It’s too early to see a heartbeat, but I’m hoping for a gestational sac located firmly in the uterus (this is the ONLY acceptable place to be parked, little one).

I’ll update tomorrow.

10 thoughts on “A Fix

  1. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to check out the rest of your blog, but I wanted to share with you my experience, so maybe it will put your mind at ease just a wee bit. My husband and I had infertility issues too. 2 weeks after my third IUI (intra uterine insemination) I experienced quite bad cramping, especially in my lower back, right around the time I should either be pregnant or have my period. I was devastated. I finally took the chance when my period did a no show and peed on the prego stick. It was positive! Good luck to you. I truly hope you have a positive testing, that the sack is right where it should be and you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a beautiful baby!

  2. First it’s the stress of the two week wait– trying to distinguish pregnancy symptoms from impending period symptoms, which are often very similar. Then it’s early pregnancy symptoms like cramping that are similar to miscarriage symptoms. When can you relax?!
    I do know that cramping is normal in the first few weeks. Even though I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks with my first pregnancy, I believe I felt “normal” cramping between 4 & 5 weeks. The cramping from the miscarriage a week later was unmistakable for me. Sending tons of good luck to you that your little one is parked exactly where he/she belongs!!!

  3. If it helps at all, I had some cramping and spotting with this pregnancy at 4, 5, and 6ish weeks, and everything seems fine now at 18w. I think it’s just one of those things that happens, even though that doesn’t make it any less terrifying. If you’re not spotting and the cramping isn’t constant, I’d bet it’s just growing pains or further implantation, which is good! I had little twinges and cramps every day through my first trimester.

  4. SO MUCH CRAMPING in my early days when pregnant with the Bean. I remember lying on the couch with my hands on my belly to warm it, afraid to do anything more significant that might help (heating pad, drugs…), and worrying. But really, your uterus has a lot of work to do, stretching out for that baby (baby!) growing inside. And stretching can kind of hurt.

    So, so normal. (Also, because I am very behind, congratulations! Hooray!)

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