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September 9th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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Okay - so I have been a littel crazy & stressed & overly tired as my niece has been in the hospital a couple hours away from home & I have been spending alot of time there & not getting adequate sleep, etc....but yesterday I cramped. I cramped enough it worried me & I had some vaginal pain & pressure that felt similar to when I mc'd before...at least it did in my mind. It went away by bedtime & hasn't been back...and I never spotted at all - is this at all normal possibly? Could there be any chance it was just all the walking (the hospital is HUGE & I had to walk long distances there a # of times for various reasons....and the walking definitely seemed to make it worse.


Ontp my second thing - the Dr's office wants me to come in for a pap. IS a pa normal to have done in pg even if you aren't due for another pap? I had to reschedule it (was originally Monday - but that doesn't work now, so they tried Oct 2nd - but the nurse said that was too long to wait???). She wasn't very helpful in explaining what I need a pap for now...and I was wondering if any of you have had to have one while pg & if you might be able to tell me why. I am sure they could tell me at my next appt - but I have been so ornery lately - I didn't feel like getting the run around from them again - they kept me on hold too long & then I got grumpy & didn't want to ask any other questions & just hung up.
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September 9th, 2006, 02:41 PM
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Hi Beckie,

I cramped quite a bit too in the first trimester with this pregnancy (always imagining the worst). Try not to worry too much if you are not bleeding or spotting but mention it to your doctor next visit. The cramps I had were always on one side (usually right) and never in middle. I also had sharp but not painful twinges in what seemed like my cervix and lots of sharp and painful round ligament pain on the sides which would last 30 seconds or so. I aslo had some lower backache which would start suddently and go away suddenly. Lots of other woment in my DDC experienced the same things.

My doctor did do a pap test on my second visit even though I wasn't due for one yet. I had a lot of cramping after. More recently I had another internal exam to check if I wasn't leaking any amniotic fluid and again I had the cramps. I would try to avoid the pap if you can especially if you are worried about cramping.

Take care and enjoy your weekend. Oh and congrats, you are getting very close to the end of the first trimester.

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September 9th, 2006, 03:34 PM
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This might be a dumb question but did you have a bm after that? (sorry) I get cramps sometimes right before I have a bm..
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September 9th, 2006, 05:24 PM
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The cramps are normal. They could be growing pains from everything stretching, or it could just be your body telling you to take it easier. It's also normal to get cramps before a bm.

A pap smear is normal during pregnancy because then if anything is wrong the dr can take care of it early on. Also HPV usually first shows up during pregnancy.
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September 9th, 2006, 06:48 PM
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It sounds like the cramps may be due to the walking, especially since they've gone away and weren't accompanying by bleeding. I would agree that you should check with your doctor just to reassure yourself.

As far as the pap, my understanding is that it's totally normal procedure to have a pap done at your IOB appointment, regardless of whether or not you're due - my doctor did one at my IOB (6w4d)...and I did spot a little afterward, but she had warned me it would happen, so although I was mildly alarmed, at least I didn't totally freak out...but I've heard that some doctors will hold off (if you specifically request it) on both the pap and the internal exam until the 2nd trimester just b/c so many women do freak out during the 1st trimester...it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor...

Good luck and try to relax (easier said than done, I know)...
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September 9th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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First off, I have to say that I just noticed that you are 11 weeks already! I am so excited and happy that everything is going just as it should be for you.

Secondly, cramps are not necessarily a bad sign when it comes to pregnancy. There are so many aches and pains for so many reasons-- you're going to hurt in places you didn't know existed. Alot of the crampiness is associated with your uterus growing so it's actually a positive thing even though I know it's still scary for you to feel it.

Thirdly, pap smears are totally the normal procedure with prenatal care--even if it hasn't been a year. My OB didn't even ask if I was due for one or not. She automatically gave me one during my initial internal exam at my first appt. I didn't spot afterwards and I don't recall having any cramping from it either. Even though they don't want you to wait too long to get one, I'm sure it has nothing to do with you specifically. They just like to catch stuff early when you're pregnant so it won't impact the pregnancy as much if you get an abnormal result and additional procedures are necessary. And don't be worried about that either-- I just went through that last year and everything was normal again less than a year later.

Again, Congratulations on nearing the end of your first trimester and here's some sticky dust for your second and third...
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September 10th, 2006, 01:39 AM
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The cramps could also be braxton hicks. I started feeling mine very early, and they felt very crampy. As your uterus grows, you will be able to tell the difference better. Just make sure you are very well hydrated. If you are comfortable doing so, you can try pressing on your abdomen when cramping, if it is a braxton, it will be very obvious where your uterus is.

The pap, like the others said, it's normal even if not due. Some things, if you have them, they need to be treated asap... and the nurse? they have this little list of the "things" a pregnant woman needs to have done, and in what time frame, so when you wanted to postpone it, it probably fell outside of her "range" for pap's on her list, and that could very well be what the "too late" comment was about. HTH
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September 10th, 2006, 08:59 AM
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I had cramps a lot off and on my first trimester Beck -- when I asked the dr about it in panic also he said it was all the growing and all from my uterus and you are already almost in your 2nd trimester (yeah!!!) so I think its probably a combo of our uterus growing and all the walking and moving around you had done.

As far as the pap my dr was going to do one at my first prenatal checkup but then saw I had just had one about 2 months before - not even - so he didnt do one but it seems completely routine!!
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September 11th, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Nothing much I can really add other than to drink lots and lots of water. With all the walking and stress, you're probably not staying as hydrated as you should be.
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September 11th, 2006, 07:08 PM
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Beckie,
I cramp all the time, a lot like what Margo described. It seems pretty normal. I hope that's all it is for you, and I'm sure being at the hospital doesn't help.
I hope it goes away soon.
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