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  • shvlnose
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    I am NOT thin, and when I went off the pill, it took 18 months for my cycles to become semi-regular. It can take A WHILE! Of course I had been on it for roughly 15 years at that point (since I was a teenager).

    Doing the charting/temping thing can be very helpful because you could be ovulating, even if it's not regularly, and that will sort of tell you. Even if your not pregnant... watching your temps rise can give you 10-15 days advanced notice that your period should be showing up.

    The problem with the whole "test the day after your missed period" is that it assumes a regular menstrual pattern. Many women aren't regular normally or are skewed due to coming off the pill.

    Good luck!
    Aly

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  • Sunflower2
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    Hey, Laura. thanks for the information. I'll check the website. it's really nerve-racking feeling if it IS or NOT. I hope it IS...

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  • sunspot127
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    I went off the pill in January, I think. The only symptoms I had occurred after missing my period, and they were: nipple pain/sensitivity, light uterine cramping, crabbiness, and heartburn. Other than the heartburn, all of this was indicative of my impending period, so I didn't think to take a test until I was 5 days late. When I did take the test, I got 2 very faint positives (so light I didn't think I could trust them), one faint positive (I'm believing), and finally, when I was over a week late, a definitive line (uh-oh!).

    I really hope that you are pregnant!

    As you can see, however, you can't always count on your hormone levels to be high enough, even after you miss a period.

    In my case, it took me nearly 3 cycles to start ovulating after I went off the pill. From what I have heard from my doctor, people who are very thin often take longer to get the hormones out of their systems. Also, I began charting my cycles right away. mymonthlycycles.com has a free menstrual/ovulation calendar that is amazing at telling you everything you need to know. If you can remember the dates of your last period or two, it will even average them together to calculate your next one. You'll have a better idea of when your period is due for test taking.

    Good luck!

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  • Sunflower2
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    Congrats on your babies!! Lisa & Laura. How exciting:woohoo: I have a question to ask you ladies. I know one of the obvious signs of pregnancy is missing a period, right??? well... my cycle is very irregular, so I cannot really tell if I missed mine or not. I was on BC pill up till March and went off after that. So my cycle is unknown. I'm still waiting my enemy to visit. I have some of the pregnancy signs like strange craving, fatigue, cramping. I took a home pregnancy test a couple of days ago, and test result was negative. However, the instrustion said that it may not be accurate result if it's too soon. I will take another test if I don't get my enemy by the end of this month.

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  • mary124
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    Congratulations to both of you gals.

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  • SharonA
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    Congratulations on the babies, Ladies.

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  • sunspot127
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    Congrats on the twins, Liselle!

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  • sunspot127
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    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 support...it'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!"

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  • Lisell
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    pregnancy

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    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.
    Lisa

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  • stac7_8
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    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 is....trust 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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  • lasrlsrps
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    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!

    Lori

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  • July
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    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.

    Congratulations!

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

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

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  • shvlnose
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    Congratulations!!!
    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!
    Aly

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  • humpieumpumkin
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    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.

    Erika

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