Cramps, Spotting, Stabbing Pain

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Cramps, Spotting, Stabbing Pain
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Tue, 06-15-2010 - 10:28am

So I've had AF like cramps for about 3 weeks now, to the point where they wake me up at night. I understand some cramps are normal, and they they usually go away by week 6. I understand that sometimes they get really painful and that's OK as well.

I know spotting is normal, I had some about 2 weeks ago, and some yesterday.

What I don't know is this stabbing pain right in the middle of my stomach. How normal is that. It feels like a sharp twisting stabbing pain right in the middle of my stomach.

Thoughts?

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Registered: 08-05-2008
Tue, 06-15-2010 - 10:43am

Hi, I'm a lurker from waiting-to-try.


Spotting can be normal but you should always ask your OB/GYN about it. I had it one evening early in my pregnancy with my son and my doctor had me lie on my back with my feet elevated until it stopped, then come in for an ultrasound the next morning. Everything turned out fine and bleeding is common during pregnancy, but it's also something you should always tell your doctor about.


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Registered: 05-11-2010
Tue, 06-15-2010 - 11:10am

Kate--If it would make you feel better to call your doctor, you definitely should.

But I would say on my EC we've pretty much decided that all cramps, stabbing pains, pulling sensations, etc, can all be broadly considered "round ligament pain" and are not something to worry about.

Personally my worst bout of cramping was around week 12/13--I guess because my uterus was popping out from behind my pubic bone--but it was constant and daily. So I wouldn't count on everything being gone by week 6. Honestly it seems like someone posts, on my EC, at least once a week since the beginning about cramping or stabbing pains--I think it is probably safe to say that they could last throughout the whole pregnancy as your uterus grows and stretches.

But again, especially with the spotting, if you are concerned, call your doctor!

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Tue, 06-15-2010 - 11:35am
Not to scare you, but call your doctor to get an ultrasound. While this could all be normal. With the pain an ectopic pregnancy needs to be ruled out, and the earlier it is found the better.
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Registered: 05-11-2010
Tue, 06-15-2010 - 12:07pm
Good point, Heather! I totally forgot about that!
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Registered: 07-14-2008
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 3:30pm

I would go in and have it checked out.

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Wed, 06-16-2010 - 7:28pm

Kate - I agree with the others that say that, although cramping and spotting might be normal, to go get it checked out. There's no harm in going to see the doctor, especially if it will ease your mind a bit.

Please keep us posted!





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