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By September 18, 2009 - 2:21pm
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Okay so Ive been having some cramping on an off since about the 10th of september, period is due on the 24th.. Have been trying to get pregnant and wondering if my boobs hurting is a symptom.. it always seems to hurt the most when i have a bra on.. its starts off tingly then really hurts so if i am home the bra comes off...also my nipple has a darker ring around it now could these be signs or being pregnant or just that my period is comming?????

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SO as of the 29 i had been spotting and was immedietly worried decided to wait it out only because i know there is nothing my doctors can do for me... then on the 30th it began i started bleeding bright red..so i went to the doctors and they tested me and my pregnancy test came back negative and it was my first day of bleeding... is it possible that i got a false positive and was never pregnant... It just seems so strange to me that it already came back negative and i hadnt even been bleeding long.. ususally they would make me come back for repeated blood tests to make sure my levels had gone down.. Was exactly 5 weeks pregnant and i dont know why this keeps happening... do u think there is something wrong with me.. dont know what to do!! dont have the insurance.. the only way i get insurence is thru the state and thats only if im pregnant... Recently was laid off and lost all benfits so would like to possible see a specialist to see if something is wrong of should i just give it one more try... can i be harming my body by doing so before checking.. HELP!!!

October 1, 2009 - 8:56am
(reply to TF20586)

I am so sorry. Since you have experienced a miscarriage before, do you know why your doctors treated this situation different (as you said, usually they would test you again, to make sure your hormone levels are down). Did your doctor perform an exam to look at your cervix? Do your doctors know if there is still tissue left in your uterus? Did your doctor provide any resources to help you with the emotional grieving process, and/or to find a doctor specializing in fertility?

There are many reasons that women have miscarriages, and please do not blame yourself. There is likely nothing you could have done to prevent this miscarriage, and finding out more about the possible reasons/causes for why women have miscarriages may help you answer the question "why?".

I am sure you know this information, so please let us know what specific questions you have. The causes of miscarriage are most often due to fetal development ("more than half of the miscarriages before 13 weeks are due to the fetal chromosome development"), according to ACOG defined below or the woman's health (again...nothing you did caused the miscarriage, but there are factors including infection, diabetes, illness or other conditions that could be a risk factor for miscarriages).

There are no daily activities that you could have done to cause a miscarriage. However, I do need to mention for other women reading this: lifestyle factors that can cause an increased risk for miscarriage include smoking, drug and heavy alcohol use.

I am not sure of your age, lifestyle factors or any medical conditions that you may have, but there are some risk factors that you can read about at the Mayo Clinic site.

You may be interested in reading about Reproductive Medicine, and what health care professionals are able to do, as far as testing and treatment. Since you mentioned that you do not have health insurance, it is important that you know that most health insurance companies do not cover the costs of fertility diagnostic testing and treatment, anyways. It can be costly, and something most women and/or women and their partners must pay out-of-pocket for.

The ASRM (defined below) has a fact sheet for "Recurrent Pregnancy Loss" (opens pdf at the site), and says, "Recurrent pregnancy loss is a disease distinct from infertility, defined by two or more failed pregnancies. When the cause is unknown, each pregnancy loss merits careful review to determine whether specific evaluation may be appropriate". This online brochure offers many possible reasons for multiple miscarriages, and the good news is: "a couple may be comforted to know that the next pregnancy is successful in 60% to 70% of those with unexplained recurrent pregnancy losses." However, it does sound important to have a medical evaluation, and I am not sure if you are financially able to do this, at this time? You can find a doctor at the ASRM site, and call the doctor's business office to inquire about pricing. (Side note: I do not have maternity coverage, and have had to discuss payment options with every doctor, hospital and service, called "self pay", in which I receive a 20% discount on services...similar to what patients with health insurance receive).

Does any of this help?

-American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Early Pregnancy Loss online brochure
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Patient Resource page

October 1, 2009 - 12:39pm

I deffinitly read way to much into the medical stuff.. Almost like im diagnosing myself and freak out... Better for me just to calm down and let my doctor in on every symptom thats worrying me.. Hopefully this goes as smooth as possible.Nothing special really taking my vitamins extra folic acid and eating tons of fiber, fruit and veggies and trying to be as actove with out overdoing it. Walk an hour on my tredmill as well.. Trying my best to have no stress looking forward to your updates

September 28, 2009 - 8:54am

No this will be my second Child.. I have a three year old... Will this be your first? Wish i was 13 weeks so I could stop worrying so much about miscarrying.I know nothing is ever guaranteed but would just make me feel better to make it to that mile marker.... Wish me some luck on this little baby sticking!!

September 27, 2009 - 2:45pm
(reply to TF20586)

I know how you feel. I also have a 3 year old son, and I thought I would be much wiser the second time around! (I'm sure we are; sometimes it doesn't feel like it). I didn't realize how much I was worrying about exercising (or not) and what I was eating (or not) until I hit the "magic 13-week" mark and now looking back at the first 12 weeks, I realize I am feeling more confident. I will be sending good wishes your way for a healthy pregnancy.

Sometimes I think we can read too much medical information, and worry ourselves sick. Does that make sense? I hope you are able to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. Are you doing anything good or special for yourself, in these first weeks?

September 27, 2009 - 7:01pm

Thanks! :-) I am 13 weeks, so will be fun to "check in" with each other's progress.

Is this your first baby?

Since it has only been once that you felt dizzy, it probably is nothing to worry about, as your blood volume has increased (doubled, actually) and can cause symptoms such as dizziness. But, please call your doctor and talk with the nurse, just to be sure.

September 27, 2009 - 10:53am
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Well, I think congratulations is in store for both of you!

September 27, 2009 - 8:58am

My 8 week Check-up is in three weeks ill deffinitly call to see what the say, but so far it has only happend one time so maybe theres nothing to worry about.. Better be safe then sorry... Thanks for the advice.. And congrats on expecting!!! How many weeks are you??

September 27, 2009 - 8:51am

My 8 week Check-up is in three weeks ill deffinitly call to see what the say, but so far it has only happend one time so maybe theres nothing to worry about.. Better be safe then sorry... Thanks for the advice.. And congrats on expecting!!! How many weeks are you??

September 27, 2009 - 8:51am

No i have never had these dizzy spells before... But it was so intense that when i stood up i almost fell over.... I ate something and soon after I did start to feel better.. Im deffinitly not taking any medication only my prenatal vitamins. Ill just make sure and mention it to my doctor at my 8 week check-up..

September 26, 2009 - 5:06pm
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