Still here. Still pregnant as far as I know. Still trying to hang on to the edges of my sanity and just be in the moment, here in the uncertainty of very early pregnancy.
I wanted to ask about your experiences of cramping in pregnancy, because I'm not sure what to make of it. I am so, so crampy. Not ALL the time, but pretty much (1) whenever I have to move around much, like walk around my med school campus or stand to give a lecture, or (2) whenever I feel stressed (which unfortunately is much of the time at work lately), or (3) just at random other times.
Usually, it's a little uterine-y. Sort of like menstrual cramps, but not exactly. Last week it was often left-sided and not in my uterus, which I thought meant I was having an ectopic, but tried to tell myself was probably the corpus luteum forming. Other times, I have to admit, though, I thought it was because I am carrying the 2012 version of Rosemary's Baby, and it was the sharpened Satan claws of this baby digging into my flesh (I try not to dwell on that image). But that was last week.
This week, it's more straight-up uterine-ish. But it is happening A Lot. And it scares me that when I have to walk 10 blocks to a meeting or rush between work events or stand to give a lecture that I start cramping, sometimes heavily. Is this normal? Is it dangerous? If I start cramping does that mean I need to stop what I'm doing and cancel the lecture I'm giving or the meeting I'm heading to? Or can I just ignore it? I'm trying to cut back, really I am, but this is really hard to do when I'm in charge of certain projects and no one knows I'm pregnant yet.
Maybe I just need to embrace my uterus and become better friends with it?
Seeking your thoughts and experiences on early pregnancy cramping and how worrisome a sign this. No spotting since that one time, btw. Which is a really good thing. That would have me going bonkers. As it is, I'm luckily only half-bonkers.
So please chime in and let me know - did you cramp a lot during your early first trimester? What did your Drs say about it? Any advice on how to make it stop...or maybe I don't want it to stop? Gah! Help!
Some of you have also asked about what's coming up in terms of betas and ultrasound. And the answer is...we aren't sure. I think the Denver clinic wants an ultrasound around 6w3d or 6w5d or something like that, but it is unlikely we will hold out that long. We are talking about maybe having at least one more beta drawn soonish (maybe tomorrow?) but are thinking we will try to wait to do an ultrasound until we can expect to at least see a yolk sac, if not more (toward the end of next week, I think). It's tricky. I'd love to check on things daily, on the one hand, but on the other, I know that the more betas we draw, the more we check things in general, the more likely we'll eventually see the number bobble or see something inconclusive on the u/s and have to go through that mindfuck, which might or might not mean anything. Also, when I really think about it, I don't think another good beta or an u/s of the gestational sac sans yolk sac will make me feel super reassured for very long. The reality of the matter is, it is so early. We know from hard experience that things can look great and then go all to hell in a matter of days. So riding the wave here a bit and trying to let time pass.
But the cramping. The Cramping! Any thoughts?
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