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Could I be pregnant. Having mild period like symptoms. Normally no symptoms until 2-3 days before period.

By January 26, 2009 - 8:52am
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I have been having mild period like cramps for the past week and half. My period due Feb 2; however, I normally dont have any symptoms or pain until 2-3 days before period, if at all. I am having more cramps, nausea than I would when on my period. I know it may be too soon to tell, but I have been trying to conceive for past 6 months. I am 38 years old and have fibroids; but not troublesome enough to warrant surgery. Help.

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what a great question...when do women know? I looked up the early symptoms of pregnancy (Mayo Clinic), and found a great list.

You won't really know if you are pregnant until you miss a period, and this is the time you can take a home pregnancy test. Early symptoms of pregnancy may begin in the first few weeks after conception, but most women do not notice any symptoms until a few weeks after a missed period. As Diane P mentioned, you've only had 10 days since ovulating (very rough estimate), and we're assuming you had intercourse during this time? (Sperm can live for up to 3 days, if I remember correctly, so if you had intercourse anytime between January 16th-January 21st, there is a chance, perhaps).

Also, implantation happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after fertilization, and this may cause some bleeding or cramping.

Lastly, as Diane P. mentioned, a good measure would be your basal body temperature. Have you been tracking this? The Mayo Clinic says, "Your basal body temperature is your oral temperature when you first wake up in the morning. This temperature increases slightly soon after ovulation and remains at that level until your next period. If you've been charting your basal body temperature to determine when you ovulate, its continued elevation for more than two weeks may mean you're pregnant."

Let us know what you find out!

January 27, 2009 - 1:25pm

Hey, Tsmith. Thanks so much for writing.

There are lots of reasons you might be having cramps, and I hate that you've had them for so long. As a person who used to have very bad menstrual cramps, I can empathize with you.

If your period is due Feb. 2, the most likely time for you to have been ovulating would have been around Jan. 18-19; that's just 10 days ago, about the time you started feeling this way, right? That would mean you started cramping as soon as you ovulated, which seems a little too early if it were pregnancy-related.

Are your cramps in general in the same uterine area they would be for menstrual cramps? Or are they more on one side or the other, more like where your ovaries are? (Do you feel when you are ovulating?)

Have you been charting your basal body temperature? Do you know what day you ovulated?

It's not unreasonable to call your doctor and ask about your symptoms.
Fibroids can, on their own, cause severe cramping. I know you say they haven't been troublesome enough to warrant surgery, but is there a chance this is related to them? Here's the Mayo Clinic page on fibroids:


Please write back with a bit more info, let's see what we can find out for you.

January 26, 2009 - 11:41am
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