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    Hey ladies,
    Recently found out I'm expecting...went to physical therapy, got to have sex again (finally), got knocked up by accident! We're excited now that the shock has worn off. I blame the therapist.
    Anyway, this is my first, and I'm devouring all websites and such to try and find out what to expect. I've got the breast stuff going on, my lower back is bugging me, heartburn...but I also feel a bit crampy in my pelvic area. My doc said this is ok, websites say it's a symptom of early pregnancy, but I guess I can't help but think something is wrong since I've never done this before.

    Anyone else ever feel like this ever so I can quit worrying?

    Diagnosed with IC October 2005

  • #2
    Oh Laura, how exciting!:woohoo:

    Pregnancy does all kinds of strange things to your body. I don't remember the crampy feeling at the very beginning but it was a couple of years ago and I've only been through it once. If your dr says don't worry don't worry. I would quickly go out and by a copy of What to Expect when You're Expecting, it's like the pregnant woman's bible. It will answer just about every question you could ever think to answer and a whole bunch you wouldn't even think of. Congrats, try to relax and enjoy being pregnant.

    I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
    1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
    2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
    I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

    I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

    Proud wifey of Shane, mommy to Griffin, and step-mom to Logan and Gage
    Also proud mom to the best Bullmastiff on earth, Claus


    • #3
      :woohoo: Congrats..
      When I first got pregnant yearssssss I had lots of cramoing in my side I thought it was my appendix.. Well nope it was a 7 pound boy

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      • #4
        Thanks, ladies! i noticed today that the muscles in my sides are pretty sore, so it's interesting to hear that it's a symptom. They do seem to vary, don't they? I wake up every day and something else is different!

        Diagnosed with IC October 2005


        • #5
          The cramping can be caused my the fertilized egg imbedding itself in the uterine wall. You may also experience light spotting. I would call my doctor with any kind of spottig though.

          IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

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          • #6
            I had both cramping and light spotting off and on from the probable time of implantation until about week 8 or 9-ish into the pregnancy.

            Many women spot and cramp during their pregnancy and everything is fine. However... I also experienced a miscarriage in January, and had cramping and spotting with that too (spotted lightly for 2 weeks straight). So it isn't something to take TOO lightly. Things like sex, a pelvic exam, straining during BM, can all cause a bit of spotting (basically anything that can bump the cervix a little). Cramping with no spotting, can be any number of things - uterus growing, implantation, ovarian/luteal cyst... all kinds of stuff that is all normal. With IC on top of it, I think sometimes our signals get crossed and we may feel more going on "down there" than most non-IC women notice.

            Especially with your first it makes sense that you would be anxious to know that everything was fine. You don't know yet how YOUR body handles pregnancy, and there is such a spectrum it's hard to say what is going to be "normal" for you.

            That said, if your doctor says you are fine, you probably are. Keep an eye on it, though. If it's just light cramping, try not to worry. If it gets to be bad - like a period cramps or worse - call the doctor. If you have unexplained spotting, or it is bright red - as opposed to pink or brown - call the doctor.

            For pregancy books, I recommend the "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Health Pregnancy." It has great decision guides which can help with questions regarding symtoms vs when to call/talk to you doctor to let them know.

            Congratulations again, and I hope you have a happy and healthy nine months!
            Dx: 3/05
            Symptoms: Pain, urgency, frequency, insomnia

            Treatments: Neurontin, Ultram, Elmiron, Detrol LA, Ambien/Sonata, Prilosec/Prevacid (for GERD), brisk walks, cold packs, hot pads, meditation.


            • #7
              Very normal for the cramping. If you start to have cramping and cold sweats, pink spotting, the doc. Congratulations!!!!

              Laughed so hard with the "I blame the therapist!"


              • #8
                It can also be the ligaments stretching to support your growing uterus. They have never had to stretch like that before. It may feel like cramping.



                • #9
                  I remember with Ryan I was spotting for two weeks straight, just spotting called my doctor and they said let's run a pregnacy test, and I said ha ha I am not pregnant I am on the pills, sure enough I was. I had the cramping it went away in a month then came back my last trimester as I recall. Oh he did damage when he came and still is he he! He is four now and keeps me on my toes non stop. Congrates enjoy this gift of pregnancy!



                  • #10
                    The first thing I would say is CONGRATS :woohoo: !!! You will have many changes happen to your body during the next 8-9 months or however long you have.

                    First....I would try to not stress if your doc said you are ok at this point. I know that is easier said then done, but you should try ok.

                    I have 2 pieces of advice for you ok.....the most important one I believe your gut on your pregnancy and when you have your child. A mother knows best....better than a doctor even. Stay firm if you believe something ok.

                    The second thing is really just a way to remember, start writing to your child once you feel comfortable enough. If that is now...then start it now.

                    With my first child, I did not start writing to him until he was almost 2yrs old and now I write to him around 6x's or so a year.

                    My daughter, my second child, I started writing to her once she was born.

                    My last child, another son, I started writing to him when I got to the second Tri.

                    So it is really how you want to remember it, but for me it has been a great way to tell them what is going on in their lives and what size they are and they funny things they say or have done.

                    Remember this also.....many people will give you advice and tell you well this happened to me or u know whatever.....but everyone is different and all babies are wonderful!!!

                    You never know what your going to get either....I had good size son's and a tiny daughter. My oldest was 8lbs 15oz 21inches, my daughter was only 6lbs 15oz and 19inches and my baby boy was 8lbs 3oz and 19inches long.

                    AGAIN CONGRATS
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                    • #11


                      First of all CONGRATS!!! I am also pregnant and I am having twins. We just found out that they are a boy and a girl. YAY!! I have had alot of cramping off and on but no spotting. My doctor is really sympathetic to the IC stuff and will usually have me come in to the office to make sure everythinj is well. I was told that cramping is normal but if it gets really painful or spotting then you should be seen. UTIs are more common in pregnancy so they will check more often. I have started to have some bladder spasms and they are sure that it is due to the streching uterus. My stomach recently "popped" out. You may want to try a maternity belt. I got one at Sears that was inexpensive. The doctors in the practice that I go to said that pyridium is fine to use but you may want to ask your doc. Sometimes it is hard to know if the IC is bothering the bladder or just the pregnancy. When in doubt give the doctor a call.


                      • #12
                        Thank you so much for the wonderful advice, ladies! No spotting, haven't "seen red" since my last period, just light cramping...usually in the evenings. It's good to know others have experienced the feeling as well. My husband and I have now decided to call it "cooking." I'm about to hit week six, so I imagine this could go on a bit longer. I just can't believe these changes happen so fast! My boobs feel like they are simply going to burst!

                        I really appreciate the's so hard to know what to expect when you've never done it before! My favorite thing to do is to ask my husband "Guess what I'm doing right now?" And he asks "What?" and I say "Making a person!"

                        Diagnosed with IC October 2005


                        • #13
                          Congrats on the twins, Liselle!

                          Diagnosed with IC October 2005


                          • #14
                            Congratulations on the babies, Ladies.

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                            • #15
                              Congratulations to both of you gals.