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Kimberly - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 206 moms have responded )

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hey everyone this is my first preganacy im 4months and a half and i have really bad cramps i feel as if i where about to get my period !! anyone have or had this problem ? since this is my first pregnancy everything seems to frighten me !!!

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Vanessa - posted on 12/06/2010

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A tubular pregnancy??!!! (reading post below) what rubbish!
At 4.5mths you are well past the danger stage for that sort of thing! Think about how small your fallopian tubes are - you would have known well and truly by now if that was the case!!! Don't let people scare you unnecessarily!!!

Vanessa - posted on 12/04/2010

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Stretching pains my dear! At 4mths your uterus is growing and expanding heaps and heaps!
Don't forget your body can also still give you similar symptoms to your period once a month too - hormones do that!
Don't worry if you have any bleeding either - only if it's bright red and drenching pads. You can still get a period for a few months - I know I did!

Debbie - posted on 12/16/2010

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Please see the Dr and get yourself checked. If you dont have insurance you can apply for health care through your state. You are at the point you can get an ultra sound and they can check baby for abnormalities, can also check for baby sex (if you wish to know).

Elizabeth - posted on 12/16/2010

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Sorry, but I didn't have time to read all the other replies. I've heard of people having tubal pregnancies which are very painful. I don't mean to worry you & hopefully it's nothing serious; but If you're still in pain, I would recommend seeing a doctor.

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no worries, your ligament and stomach muscals are moving. ask you doctor if they last more than a couple more weeks

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Melinda - posted on 12/16/2010

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I had period like cramps for the first 17 weeks of my pregnancy. I was the same way... paranoid about everything! Make sure you tell your doctor about them but I bet it's just how your body handles being pregnant. By the way, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy even after all the cramps. :)

Chanderlia - posted on 12/16/2010

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most times it may be because your uterus is spreading but just to make sure when you go to your next doctors visit make sure you let him/her kno whats going on better safe than sorry

Yvonne - posted on 12/16/2010

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If its when your were suppose to get your period then your fine but let your doctor

Toni - posted on 12/16/2010

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take all this advice with good intentions see your dr. good intentions are that alone...

Sheralyn - posted on 12/16/2010

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Hey. I know what you mean about being frightened. I am on my second pregnancy and found I have had pain in my abdomen every now and again also, sometime lasting for a few days at a time. I put it down to the growing and stretching of everything in there, making room for bubs and everything she needs. As long as I see no signs of bleeding or spotting I have not worried about it (plus in the "What to expect when you are expecting" book, it says pain in your abdomen is to be expected)... if you are in a lot of pain and continuously worried, see your doctor or midwife. Just so your sanity stays in tact!

Alisa - posted on 12/16/2010

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I have a 3 1/2 year old, and had some occasional cramping too. Have you been exerting yourself or stressed lately? Sometimes those cause minor cramping. as long as you do not have any spotting, I would say it is nothing. If you start spotting or are extremely concerned, I would call the doctor. Otherwise i wouldnt worry too much. Try to put your legs up and rest a bit! (nurses orders!)

Babette - posted on 12/16/2010

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honey most of the time its your uterus growing, and that will cause cramping, just breath untill it passes or relax. i have had 5 children 7 pregnancies. this is what my dr. told me. honey if you have any more problems or questions i'd love to help, my name is babette and i'm 45. i have a 27 ,26, 25 13 aqnd soon to be 11. i also have 4 grandchildren. good luck to you

Caitlin - posted on 12/16/2010

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I did not have any cramps like that but some friends of mine have before. If you are worried, then call your doctor. It is NEVER a silly question to ask your doctor if you feel weird. Hope they go away soon and you can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

Claire - posted on 12/16/2010

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and bed rest is most recommended when you feel like that until you get an ultra sound and they check on your unborn child.

Claire - posted on 12/16/2010

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If it scares you immediately go to the doctor. I did and it turned out that I was about to miscarry. My friend gave birth to a 1lb 4oz baby because she didnt go to the doctor when she felt like that...Very unfortunate. Good luck!

Reanda - posted on 12/16/2010

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There is no way this is a tubelar pregnancy, she's over 16 weeks already, if it were she would have had these symptoms much earlier, and by now she would have had heavy bleeding and severe pain. My guess is that it's only stretching pains, your body is expanding in mind blowing ways. If you are worried go see a doctor, but try to relax and stay calm (easier said than done I know).

Simone - posted on 12/16/2010

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i had that it was baby boy growing so fast! and stretching of the skin. but better save then sorry go see doc!

Vanessa - posted on 12/16/2010

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Yep, some call it stretching pain I called it growing pains!!!! Your in the midst of a beautiful baby stretching that girlish figure and it hurts!! I had it as well. It'll quit around 24 weeks!! ;)

Gwen - posted on 12/16/2010

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I'd propose that the next gynecological indicate that once. Maybe he will prescribe you some magnesium
Best luck :-)

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go and see you midwife about it. But do not stress out. Especially stress and fear can cause you to tighten your pelvic floor muscles and can lead to the pains you are describing. After you have talked to your midwife, and if everything is fine (which it probably is). Have a nice warm bath (not over 100 F though) or do whatever relaxes you best. I can also highly recommend Hypnobirthing courses. They take the fear out of pregnancy and most importantly childbirth. This certainly helped me relax. Now with just 6 weeks to go till my babies birthing time I am totally chilled and actually looking forward to labour and birth. Good luck and enjoy your pregnancy. It is such a very special time!

Rosemary - posted on 12/15/2010

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I don't mean to scare you, but if these cramps are bad--diarrhea bad, you seriously need to get to the doctor fast.

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Kimberly, why are you online asking this type of question? You should have immediately called your doctor or midwife as this could be a problem. You should not be cramping that much. It could be nothing, but why wait to find out? It is too early in the pregnancy for Braxton Hicks so you need to follow up with your doctor right away. It will calm your fears if there are no problems, and if there are, maybe they can do something. Ask your doctor lots of questions or talk with the nurse. They should be educating you about your pregnancy especially since it is your first.

Tia - posted on 12/15/2010

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yes I had that and my baby was perfectly healthy and the pregnancy was smooth. The Dr. told me I was dehydrated.

Pamela - posted on 12/15/2010

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First, dear one, lose the fear. Fear is, after all
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and tends to confuse and mix-up all of our other energies.
Pregnancies are different for each person, even though there are many similarities. If the heavy cramping continues, see your doctor.
However, do know that this is the first experience your body has with this "newness" and the moire you are able to RELAX as your body goes through the changes, the easier it will be. Good luck!!!

Leslie Ann - posted on 12/15/2010

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I didn't have any issues until my 3rd pregnancy and I had pain much like yours. Talk to your doc just to make sure that there aren't any issues. Other than that they should subside. Everyones pregnancies are different and each pregnancy at one person has are different. Good luck.

Jeanne - posted on 12/15/2010

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it is always better to play it safe and call your Ob/Doctor or midwife if you have any questions or feel strange. Trust your instincts. At least you will have reasurance and be able to relax.

Charlene - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hello Kimberly, I had the same problems with my first preganancy and of course I was just as frighten as you are. My suggestion would be that you contact your doctors office if you have not and explain to them what is going on and make in appointment. During my preganacy I actually started bleeding and the cramps were really bad. I made an appointment with my doctor and everything turned out ok. I did have a rough preganancy with my first child and did carry to term. I wish you the best with your preganancy.

Julie - posted on 12/15/2010

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I had cramps on and off all the way through. Things are growing and moving. As long as you are not bleeding I wouldn't worry. Try to get warm with blankets fresh out of the dryer, it eases the discomfort

Tanya - posted on 12/15/2010

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I also went thru the same thing and it was indeed ligament pain. As this point in your pregnancy your uterus is growing rapidly. As long as you are not having any bleeding or severe lower back pain I would not be concerned, Good luck and hope all is ok. I am due in 10 weeks with my 2nd child.

Lori - posted on 12/15/2010

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I know you have gotten a TON of responses, but around this time you get what around "round ligament" pains. If your pains are mainly around your bikini area, I would bet that's what these are. Most people seem really quick to want to scare you into it being something more serious and of course, if you are at all concerned, absolutely call your OB/GYN. But there is so much growth at this point and so much stretching, that would be my first guess. If your cramping is not in that area, or it is coming with bleeding, absolutely do something.

Andrea - posted on 12/15/2010

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It really depends...I actually found out I was pregnant with my first 6 days after conception. I was having some cramping, went into the doc, and they said I was pregnant. The reason for the pain was the formation of a benign cist that forms on your ovaries when you get pregnant. Always check with a doctor though, it could be something else, more serious.

Rebecca - posted on 12/15/2010

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1. call dr's office - that is what they are there for.
2. it could be a variety of things mentioned - stretching uterus, dehydration, etc.
3. at this point in time, I am going to guess you have had an ultrasound of SOME kind, which would have already ruled out a tubal pregnancy.

*****when in doubt, listen to your intuition and don't be afraid to call dr's office!!!

Lori - posted on 12/15/2010

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Severe cramping at that stage of pregnancy is not a good sign. How long has it lasted? I was paranoid through both of my entire pregnancies aswell, but the only time I had cramping (prior to delivery that is) is at the very beginning before I even knew I was pregnant, as the egg implanted itself. I think it would be wise to see your doctor, and explain what is going on. It is always best to err on the side of caution, and if there is a reasonable explanation, than at least you can put your fears aside for the next five months. Also, if there happens to be a problem, if caught early, everything will be fine. Hope this helps, good luck.

Bonnie - posted on 12/15/2010

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you should contact you ob if you think there might be a problem. they do not mind answering your questions if they can help you alleviate your fears the will but if there is a problem they need to catch it early.

Brittney - posted on 12/15/2010

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I had my first child in my teens and I can remember horrible cramping and TERRIBLE shooting pains in my hips down through my legs. My mom (a doctor) told me that its my whole body going through huge changes to make room for this life your growing. It's an incredible change and your body is just thrown into it. She also told me that the pains will be caused by all your organs shifting to make room for your ever growing womb and the shooting pains in my hips are caused by my hips spreading apart to allow the womb to rest and make room for when the baby is arriving. But like everyone else here, I also suggest talking to your doctor or midwife. It's never a bad idea and don't worry about asking strange questions, it's never a bad idea to ask if you're truly concerned.

Bekisu - posted on 12/15/2010

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Gal dats nt normal, please c ur doctor and make u don't over work your self. give ur self lots of rest.

Amy - posted on 12/14/2010

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I had this problem with my pregnancy, i rushed to the hospital seriously thinking i was miscarrying but it turned out just to be ligaments stretching. I found that taking an easy putting up my feet relaxing and drinking water helped with the cramps or taking a nice bath, If your really worried id see your doctor, and make sure to watch for bleeding, i think its a little to early for braxton hicks so id assume it would be ligaments stretching, but im no doctor, I had these cramps throughout my pregnancy but went on to deliver a healthy baby girl. good luck with everything =)

Stacy - posted on 12/14/2010

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to Allison Williams... it's not too early for Braxton Hicks, that can start in the second trimester, if not sooner. As Kimberly is halfway through the second trimester, B-H is a possibility. Just saying.

ANAADIA - posted on 12/14/2010

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Yes, and get use to it ur uterus will be expanding a lot now as long as ur not bleeding u r fine.... wen I was pregnant I would eat those were da dayz

Judie - posted on 12/14/2010

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iv got 3 and 55 years hon are you spoting and when was last time you been dr my email is judkeley@yahoo.com

Christina - posted on 12/14/2010

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Talk to your doctor/midwife in case it is something more serious, but I had horrible cramps my first pregnancy as well. I was told it was probably adhesion in my uterus breaking up, not unusual I guess. I just put a heating pad on my tummy and they usually went away. No problems with this the 2nd time around.

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I'd call your dr, I see a lot of people saying that lol. which is good! At that point in my pregnancy I started having cramps and they into pre-term labour which was brought on by a urinary track infection which is common, I was told that if I was ever worried about anything, to just call the dr!

Amanda - posted on 12/14/2010

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I would call the doctor..I just had my second child and during my first month or so and my doctor took me off work just to be safe..he said it could be normal just the uterus growing...but just to be safe he took me off work and told me to take it easy... they did go away after a couple of months but then my last month of pregnancy I started to get the period cramps again and then doctor said that it was my body getting ready for child birth (I did not have any of this with my first child) so it could be nothing but I would go to the doctor if I were you just to be on the safe side.

Angela - posted on 12/14/2010

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Hi, Kimberly. I had cramps and my doctor wanted to see me right away. I was doubled over with pain. My advice, don't wait. Call him and see if he wants you in his office pronto. Best of luck to you!

Christine - posted on 12/14/2010

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hi my baby girl is 9 weeks young now.. i also had cramps and tightness too. up to the half way make.. doctors said just ur womb tightening up..so dont worry..:) all should be ok , but just go to doctors anyway for a check up to reasure you. enjoy the rest of your pregnancy..

Krista - posted on 12/14/2010

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I'm currently 4 and a half months pregnant, with my second child. I get really bad cramps too, I got them with my first pregnancy also. Chances are, they're just your Uterus stretching and shifting. But if you really feel they aren't easing up at all, go to your doctor or midwife. Just remember, you don't have to stress, there is always help :)

Toni - posted on 12/14/2010

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Please call your dr. It is probably nothing, but rather safe than sorry. My friend just had her first baby in July. She started having terrible cramps and went to the dr and had him later that week. He wasn't due until October. They are both doing very well, but it is not an ideal thing. Please take care.

Lydia - posted on 12/13/2010

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Oh to add to my past respond walking ,swimming are also good you know your private is going to open upto 10 decimeters so exercise it, swimming was my fave and it also makes the labor easier, the baby is only adding like27 pounds the rest of the added weight is what you have to loose after,lol, Have fun its a gift of joy, so enjoy it,lol

Lydia - posted on 12/13/2010

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When in doubt and its continuous seek medical attention, but if they are on the dates you usually have your monthly it is average, if you had cramps during that month some still do, Treat it like you would without the meds unless a doctor approves, you know Drink plenty water ,avoid spicy foods during these times and remember enjoy the pregnacy as much as possible,I will tell you the 1st one is special but if you decide to have more, they are all special in their own unique way, Best wishes momma,lol

Tameka - posted on 12/12/2010

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You need to take it easy and call your Dr, I had that when i was pregnant and my sister is going through that right now, I think its you bodies way of saying you need to relax more, but anytime you are worried always call your Dr

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