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Cramping and lower back pain



You guys, I know better than to Google this so I’m coming here. I’m having some very low cramping just above my pubic bone and some lower back discomfort. Nothing that has me doubled over, but it is definitely more than just gentle tugging and stretching. There is no blood and it’s not in the right area to be gas or constipation. Thoughts? Miscarriage? I’m a whole five weeks and three days right now so there is not a whole lot to be taking up space in the ute and causing growing pains. 😦



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  1. October 29, 2012

    I had cramps from beta #3 through 8 weeks. Like convinced it was over this was the end of this pregnancy cramps. Not super painful, just there all day long. My internet research led me to conclude that cramps in early pregnancy are super common and nothing to worry about. Especially if there is no bleeding, etc. Hang in there!

  2. tchrgrl05 #
    October 29, 2012

    I had the same thing. A lot. Try to stay calm. There’s a lot going on in there so try to remember that. I incessantly googled cramps to no avail. All I found was that most women have them. Also my gas pains are different with pregnancy. You may be surprised to find what all hurts with gas, especially with all the beans you’ve been eating. I called my dr all the time so you can do that too for reassurance.

    • October 29, 2012

      Hahahahaha! Thank you for that. I have been eating an extraordinary amount of beans. Maybe the gas is building up. Look out Professor? 🙂 Thank you again.

  3. October 29, 2012

    Those things you described are exactly how I knew I was pregnant. My stomach just felt different, crampy and full. I would try to relax 🙂 I also had bleeding from the day I found out until around 12 weeks. Baby A implanted on the cervix opening and was causing trouble from the start.

    Crossing my fingers your uterus stays housing a peanut or two. ❤

  4. October 29, 2012

    Mild early cramping without blood is a good thing! I had a lot of it really early and also some low back pain- nothing too terrible but enough to notice it. There’s already growing going on in the ol ute, so try not to worry. I was also thinking the same thing about the beans/gas possibility! Pregnancy makes us gassy as it is, add veggie chili every day and you must be full of it! Good thing it’s so yummy and good for us. 🙂

    • October 29, 2012

      In efforts to minimize cramping I am enacting a new rule: let gas pass when the need arises. No more of this holding it in for a few hours until a more opportune time. Or so I say now… as crass as I am on this blog, I’m still kinda a lady when it comes to farting!

  5. October 29, 2012

    Cramping is normal and is a good sign (think growing pains). Hang in there. This time is always scary.

  6. Jen #
    October 29, 2012

    I’ve been having cramps the past two weeks as well – nothing crazy, but even before I POS, I was wondering WTF was up because I was pretty sure my period wasn’t around the corner. It’s pretty sporadic, nothing that lasts a long time.

    Not that this is helpful because I believe I’m right around where you are, pregnancy wise, certainly not out of the woods for a MC. But I did hear a heartbeat on Friday so I’m thinking things are okay!

  7. Mo #
    October 29, 2012

    Exactly what everyone else said. When you’re preggo a hormone (I forgot what it’s called) gets released that loosens up joints etc to help you grow and stretch in all the right places. No bright red bleeding = you’re good.

    • SRB #
      October 29, 2012

      Amazingly, it is called Relaxin!

  8. heatherwallen #
    October 29, 2012

    Belle, I think it is pretty normal (but still freak out worthy). I am 5w2d today and I had a LOT of cramping last week and spotting but my betas have been totally normal to high (2640 at 15dp5dt). In my last pregnancy (loss at 12 weeks – Trisomy 18) I had cramps SO bad between 5 and 6 weeks that it was stop-in-your-tracks and drop whatever you’re pain. And nothing happened at all in relation to them. My suggestion is to lie down and do a nice meditation mp3. Do you have those Circle & Bloom pregnancy meditations? I like them, they are super relaxing when I am having a symptom or lack of symptoms freakout.

    Just you wait, in a few days, you will be upset that you haven’t had cramps in a few days 😉

  9. meggola #
    October 29, 2012

    Cramping is really common in early pregnancy. Your uterus is starting to grow, and it creates cramps that feel very much like AF and can be really freaky. I had them for at least a few weeks after my BFP. Also, if you feel sharper pains when you stand up, that’s usually round ligament pain, also from your growing ute. Often the recommendation when you feel crampy is to drink a glass of water, in case you’re dehydrated.

  10. SRB #
    October 29, 2012

    I had the same thing with both of my successful pregnancies. Your uterus is making room, even though the little one is a few pencil points big right now. I hope that reassures you! 🙂

  11. October 29, 2012

    I don’t know anything to help you, but I think this is a better way to find out real information than Dr. Google.

  12. October 29, 2012

    Yep, I would blame the beans! Cramping’s totally normal, though it feels…totally abnormal. Nothing new to add, really, but I’m so glad you’ve got mad support here!

  13. October 29, 2012

    Nothing to worry about – things are just getting into place. The uterus rises out of the pelvis slowly and that could easily be why the cramping and back pain. I remember have that with Matthew. Do not worry AT ALL.

    • October 29, 2012

      Never mind it’s all been said here. I’m 6 weeks 3 days today and I’ve had lower back cramps since before my first beta. All those beans probably aren’t helping. If there’s no blood lets hope for the best!

  14. October 29, 2012

    LOL fart freely. I had really bad “round ligament” pains around 8 weeks…… moaning and groaning up all night pain………then the next day I realized….I just had to go to the bathroom!!! It was strange because I’ve never felt like that before! It felt like the cramps were in my uterus, not my intestines….and it wasn’t even the right location in my mind to be having gas pains! I hope you feel better soon! Mine was caused from nausea medications, which I never knew until then that the main side effect is constipation! If it’s not one thing, it’s another!

  15. October 29, 2012

    Sending many many hugs and positive vibes to calm your fears. Praying that everything is A. Okay in the uti!

  16. Juno #
    October 29, 2012

    You have business going on in there. Possibly two businesses. Breath. Awesome, fanfreakingtastic betas. Those are great symptoms for so early. Xo

  17. October 29, 2012

    I cramped a LOT in the first few weeks, as long as they’re not accompanied by blood you should be OK. Thinking of you, xoxo

  18. October 29, 2012

    The rule of thumb that I have always been told is: Cramps but no bleeding? Usually okay. Bleeding but no cramps? Also usually okay. It’s the cramping-bleeding combo that signals trouble. In addition to that, I had cramping from the very start with my first pregnancy (which ended well, with a healthy baby) — long before I ever got a BFP and well into my second trimester and yet, everything was okay. And if there are two babies in there, I imagine the cramping would only be doubled. Hang in there. There’s still lots and lots of hope!!!

  19. infertilitycansuckit #
    October 29, 2012

    Just wanted to throw my two cents in 🙂 I had cramping (sometimes similar to period cramps) on and off from 4 weeks and I’m still having them. I even had (YIKES) some pink-tinged Crinone, but when we went to the doc, our little one was doing just great. I tore up the internet looking for answers and it looked like cramping without bleeding was actually a good sign – meant your body was preparing itself for the long haul. When I had my losses, I had cramping that was accompanied by spotting and both got increasing worse over the course of a day. Your cramps don’t sound like that at all. Hang in there, girl! Only a few more days until ultrasound!! Exciting!

  20. Nicki #
    October 29, 2012

    I’m de-lurking to say congratulations and (hopefully) offer some reassurance. I had two miscarriages last year and was a MESS during my first (and, let’s face it, most of my second) trimester of my third pregnancy. I had a lot of cramping, pretty much also throughout the entire pregnancy, and I don’t know how many times I cried and told my husband that I thought it was over again or, later, that I was having pre-term labour. None of which was true and I got to deliver a happy, healthy baby girl in July, just one day before her due date. Pregnancy after loss is so hard. You’re doing a great job and I’m sure your cramping is just the little one is just cozying up and getting comfy in there. Best of luck!

  21. October 29, 2012

    I’ve had mild cramping off and for the past two weeks or so (we’re almost at 7 weeks now), along with intermittent low back pain. I’ve also noticed some strange sensations in my pelvic floor area. All of my betas came back great and today’s ultrasound showed a happy little bean measuring right on track with a strong heartbeat. I think what you’re experiencing is completely normal. 🙂

  22. October 30, 2012

    Move away from the google search bar! I am trying not to myself!! I’m so glad that it appears cramping is completely normal – why does no-one ever tell you about all the weird symptoms of early pregnancy? I had no idea about the wind!!

  23. October 30, 2012

    I’ve had cramping from week 2 right up to right this very minute (friday will be 7 weeks) and everyone I’ve spoken to (in a flat panic) has told me its normal – your uterus is stretching apparently to accommodate baby. The only advice that I’ve been given is NO stretching your arms above your head and to take it easy.After trying for so long, I’m taking that advice to heart and everytime I start getting cramps I either go sit down till they have passed or if they are REALLY bad, then I go and lie down. I’m still waiting to go for my first scan on the 12th Nov and every twinge has me running to the bathroom to check for spotting.

  24. Shelley #
    October 30, 2012

    Just wanted to stop by and echo what everyone else has said – totally normal! Definitely happened for me too. There’s something growing in there and your ute is adjusting! Totally agree with Cassie too – without bleeding, there’s nothing to be concerned about. I know it’s so very hard not to get worked up given what’s happened in the past but this pregnancy is not that pregnancy. That’s something I’ve had to remind myself of often in these tough early weeks.

  25. October 30, 2012

    I felt crampy early on, too. And “lightening crotch”. Which is like lightening shooting up and down my vag. Weirdest feeling ever. Anyway, even if your little one is VERY little, there is still a lot of stretching and rearranging that your uterus is doing. 🙂

  26. karaleen #
    October 30, 2012

    I had lots of this early on in both my pregnancies….this is actually very very normal and healthy. Baby is nestling in and those first few weeks of stretching your ute feels very crampy both near you pubic bone and even in the back for some. Just take it easy, keep drinking your water and enjoy.

  27. October 31, 2012

    OMg the cramping early on in my pregnancy was crazy! A nurse at the clinic told me your body makes all the huge changes right at the start, not really later when you are huge. And I’d have to agree. I second the lightening rod up the vag too, that was awesome fun. The peanut is just settling in. Go with it.

  28. jak #
    October 31, 2012

    without bleeding, i’m pretty sure cramping is fine. i’m having it too, very much like you describe. after all, there is a lot of “remodeling” going on down there…

    i’m having back pain too, but middle back – intense pressure in addition to dull pain. i know you do yoga, and i do pilates, so much overlap there. i dont know about you, but i backed off during ivf and after tfer because i was afraid of squeezing out my space monkey. that was probably a good thing, but pilates is like crack for my back. i need it or else i get back pain. i know back pain is a pregnancy symptom, which i dont doubt, but i feel like for me in large part my pain has been from stopping pilates. this weekend i said f%&$ it and did some light pilates at home and within about 15 minutes of it, i was feeling better. after i was totally done, it was like someone hit re-set for my back. ahhhhhhhhh! hope yoga can bring you some of the same relief:)

  29. November 3, 2012

    My back pain was so severe that I couldn’t feel anything else. Once the back pain went away I had period like cramping. Sounds good to me as long as there is no bleeding!

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