Becki Rizzuti has had four natural pregnancies and childbirths. She is an advocate of natural pregnancy and natural birth.
While I am not a doctor myself, I have carried and birthed four children, and I consider myself qualified to provide advice on the subject of being pregnant. I've also done a lot of research and include the advice of OBGYNs, nurses, and midwives here. Though my goal is to reassure mothers (first-time mothers in particular) that those pains are usually natural and normal, the only way to be sure is to consult your doctor.
How Can I Tell the Difference Between "Normal" Pain and Worrisome Pain?
During pregnancy, you become extraordinarily aware of every twinge, cramp, and kick you may feel. It's so hard to know which pain is normal and which is something to worry about. Mary E Fleming, MD, MPH, OBGYN says, "In the first trimester, I usually tell women if they have mild pulling, stretching, cramping pain that resolves with rest or water, then they don't need to worry. If the pain is sharp, severe, constant, getting worse, making her double over or accompanied by abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding, then she needs to contact her doctor and arrange to be seen. If a woman is ever worried, she should always call her doctor's office and they can let you know if you need to be seen emergently or can schedule a regular appointment in 2-3 days."
Which Pregnancy Pains Should I Worry About?
In some ways, the first trimester of pregnancy is the "riskiest." Although it is true that the loss of a pregnancy is most likely during the first three months, I'm here to reassure you that most of the aches and pains you experience are natural and normal.
Before I proceed, however, I want to make it clear that miscarriage is a risk of early pregnancy, and so you should contact your doctor if you are concerned about pain that you feel. Any pain which is sharp or which is accompanied by bleeding should prompt a call to your doctor, and possibly a visit to be examined.
Particularly if you're a first-time mother, you should contact your doctor when you experience pain during your pregnancy. In most cases, your doctor is going to reassure you. However, if you are experiencing the following, you should consider seeing a doctor immediately via an urgent care facility or your local women's hospital.
- Cramping with bleeding
- Severe leg pain
- Inability to keep foods down due to nausea
- Pain during urination
If you have additional symptoms accompanying what may otherwise be a normal pain, contact your doctor immediately. Aside from the obvious risk of miscarriage, or chemical or ectopic pregnancy, another risk you need to be warned of is a urinary tract infection. A simple urine test can confirm a UTI and you will be prescribed a pregnancy-safe antibiotic.
Normal vs. Worrisome Pregnancy Pains in First Trimester
|Normal Pains||Concerning Pains||See Your Doctor|
Severe Abdominal Cramping
Abdominal Cramping + Bleeding
Lower Back Pain
Stabbing Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Cramping + Nausea or Vomiting
Severe or Persistent Headaches
Bleeding With Fever, Pain, or Chills
Breast and Nipple Tenderness
Frequent and Painful Urination
Pain During Urination
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Is Lower Back Pain Normal in Early Pregnancy?
Lower back pain in particular (although upper back pain may also happen) is typical during pregnancy. In fact, it is another possible early indication of pregnancy. Most lower back pain is caused by strain on the back as the uterus expands to accommodate your growing baby, but there may be some other causes. The standard causes are listed below.
- Implantation Bleeding When the embryo first attaches to the wall of the uterus, some women report feeling a brief twinge of pain in their uterus or lower back.
- Poor Posture Your body is working hard to support the added weight of your uterus as it expands (yes, even in early pregnancy!) and this can cause a strain on your lower back until you make adjustments to your posture. Make sure to move about regularly (unless you're on bed rest) and stretch your back whenever possible.
- Constipation In part because of the high iron content in pre-natal vitamins, constipation is a normal part of early pregnancy, and it can cause back pain. Make sure that you are consuming plenty of fluids and that you're eating a diet high in fiber, and you may be able to get some relief.
- Kidney Infection If a urinary tract infection goes untreated for too long, it may spread into your kidneys and cause a kidney infection. This will also cause lower back pain, and so if changing position doesn't help, and your bowels remain "regular," then you should contact your doctor for advice.
Is Breast Pain Normal During Early Pregnancy?
Breast pain may be one of the first signs of pregnancy. During this period, your breasts are beginning to prepare for a big job: Making milk to feed your baby! In addition, the ligaments that support your breasts will begin to relax (along with the ligaments in other parts of your body), and this will account for some of the pain.
In most cases, breast pain is nothing to worry about, but make sure that you contact your doctor if you experience breast pain with a fever, as this may indicate an infection.
Is Hip and Joint Pain Normal During the First Trimester?
As with many pains during pregnancy, these pains are normal.
- Hip pain may be caused by the sciatic nerve, and you may experience this pain throughout your pregnancy, both as a result of sciatica and because your hips are expanding to make room for your uterus and baby. The warm baths and the use of a body pillow may help.
- Joint pain is most common in the second trimester. It generally tapers off during the third trimester (to be replaced by other discomforts), but it may also happen earlier in pregnancy. This pain is generally caused by the ligaments loosening—one of the less desirable effects associated with this remarkable time in your life. Keep up your activity, but go easy on your body. While joint pain is not generally something to contact your doctor about, it may be an indication that it's time for you to slow down a bit and stop pushing your body so far.
- Knees, ankles, and wrists. If you experience pain in your knees or ankles, it's time for you to rest. Pain in your wrists or elbows might mean that it's time to slow down and reduce the amount of time you spend on the computer.
What Kinds of Abdominal Pain Might You Feel in the First Trimester?
Note: Nausea during early pregnancy may be perfectly normal. You may find natural remedies for morning sickness useful for helping to make the first trimester more pleasant. Most nausea ends in the thirteenth week of your pregnancy, but be aware that morning sickness can continue through your pregnancy depending on hormones.
There are two main types of abdominal pain that a woman may experience in her first trimester:
- Cramping It is common to experience cramps that feel like period pain, which are caused by the stretching and relaxing of the ligaments that support the abdomen. One of the biggest concerns that new mothers have is cramping during early pregnancy. While cramping may be an indication of miscarriage, in most cases it is caused by other factors.
- Sharp Pains While sharp pains can mean anything, at any phase of pregnancy, I recommend visiting your doctor for a urinalysis in case you have contracted a urinary tract infection (UTI). This can be dangerous for you and for your baby, and your doctor can prescribe a pregnancy-safe antibiotic.
How can you tell the difference between a "normal" abdominal pain and one that signals a problem?
According to Kara Manglani, a certified nurse and midwife in New York, "You really can't tell the difference. If the pain is severe and continues for hours, it is more likely a sign of a problem, but not necessarily. The only way to be sure is to go to your doctor or midwife."
Abdominal pain becomes more common the further into the pregnancy you get. Strain is unusual during the first trimester because there is less weight gain. If you experience abdominal pain, it is recommended that you visit your doctor for more information.
What If I Have Cramps With Bleeding or Spotting?
- About 20% of women experience some bleeding during the first three months of pregnancy. Light spotting (less than a dime-sized amount) is not usually a cause for concern, but moderate or heavy vaginal bleeding, especially if accompanied by fever, chills, cramping, or pain, are all reasons to call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will want to know what your temperature is when you call.
- Any pain which is sharp or which is accompanied by bleeding should prompt a call to your doctor.
- Occasionally, bleeding and mild cramping (in combination) are normal, but it's best to be cautious.
- I also recommend that you read my article on bleeding in early pregnancy, where I go into detail about things to look for in the blood—what color it is, for example, and how much there is.
Is Leg Pain Normal During Early Pregnancy?
Leg Cramps: Although leg cramps are most common in the third trimester, many newly-pregnant women report that their thighs, calves, and feet might feel cramped. An expanding uterus can put pressure on certain nerves and blood vessels, causing poor circulation, cramps, or spasms of pain.
Sciatic Pain: The growing weight of your uterus might push on the sciatic nerve, sending a jolt of pain down the back of your leg.
Other Causes of Leg Pain: Both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and uterine fibroids also cause leg pain, so it's best to call your doctor or midwife.
Is Pain Normal During the First Trimester of Pregnancy?
The short answer is yes. Mostly, the pain that you may experience during early pregnancy is natural and comes with the territory, although there are certain kinds of pain that may be concerning. The purpose of this article is to address your concerns about any pain you are experiencing and help you know when you need to see a doctor.
This article is a guide to knowing what's normal and what's not, and the best ways to deal with the normal early pregnancy aches and pains. I'll guide you through the most natural types of pain you may experience early on, as well as some which require a doctor's attention.
Are Headaches Normal in the First Trimester?
Headaches are a common complaint during the first trimester, triggered by a surge of hormones and an increase in blood volume. Here's a list of reasons you might have a headache:
- caffeine withdrawal
- low blood sugar
- changes in posture
- lack of sleep
- changes in vision
What medication can I take for a headache if I'm pregnant?
Acetaminophen is safe to take as directed but many other medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, most prescription migraine drugs) aren't, so talk with your doctor first.
Other ways to get relief include making sure you drink lots of water, taking a warm bath, having a nap, and massage.
What If I Experience Pain During Urination?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common when you're pregnant. Your uterus is located right on top of your bladder, so as your uterus grows, the added weight can block or impede the urine, and this can cause an infection.
How do I know if I have a UTI?
- you have to pee (or mistakenly feel like you have to pee) a lot
- you feel pain or burning during urination
- your urine is cloudy or blood-tinged
- your lower back or pelvic area hurts
- you experience fever, nausea, or vomiting
A UTI might resolve itself within a couple of days, but it can usually be quickly and easily treated with pregnancy-safe antibiotics. When you're pregnant, you are advised not to wait, since UTIs are managed more aggressively during pregnancy to avoid complications. It's best to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy Pain Poll
Anxiety During Pregnancy is Normal and Natural!
Especially if this is your first pregnancy or if you have experienced pregnancy loss in the past, the first trimester can be a frightening time. While many aches and pains are natural during this trimester, some new mothers worry about what each one of these pains means.
In most cases, unless you are bleeding, the pain that you're experiencing is probably natural. But it's always a good idea to consult your doctor if you're feeling anxious.
When asked what she tells women who hesitate to call because they don't want to be a bother, Kara Manglani, a certified nurse and midwife, says "You are never a bother. That is our job. It is better for you to come in to be evaluated that for you to sit home and panic." There's usually no reason to stress, and getting relief for your worry and anxiety by talking to someone is just as important as getting relief for pain.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti
Zamrooda on July 02, 2020:
I m feeling abdominal pain
What can I do now
Katie Sanders-Jones on May 06, 2020:
Hey I am 4 weeks I have a real aching in my lower back area your article is really helpful is my symptom normal
Along with a headache ? Thanks
Kim on February 24, 2020:
Hi.. I am 4 weeks and 6 days pregnant now.. I feel lower back pain and tired legs.. Is it normal?
Jessica on November 22, 2019:
This is my first pregnancy and EVERYTHING is making me anxious haha. Your article is very reassuring, thank you.
Jemimah on November 09, 2019:
Am15 weeks pregnant and have pains on my right hip joint lower part of abdomen please help
Laura on March 16, 2019:
I’ve been reading for an hour and this is the first helpful thing I have come across. Thank you for taking yenctome to write this!
Jamie Lee on March 15, 2019:
Found this really helpful. I am 7 weeks pregnant and already had sciatica previously, this is my first pregnancy and i woke up today with hip and leg pain and also a little twinge in my back
AD on December 14, 2018:
The most reassuring, clear and relatable article I’ve read so far!
Amanda on October 23, 2018:
Out of everything I’ve read, this was the most to the point and informative. Thank you!
Kristen on October 19, 2018:
I found this article so helpful in my first trimester after previously having a miscarriage! I find myself worrying about every pain and twinge. But it’s good to know that I’m not alone in this!
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 27, 2018:
You can begin to have symptoms of pregnancy as soon as the embryo has implanted in the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). The symptoms you describe are normal pregnancy symptoms. Breast tenderness and headaches in particular are among the first symptoms to appear following implantation.
Pain in the abdominal area can be frightening. I encourage you to call your doctor or midwife about this for reassurance just to be sure, but it sounds normal to this mother of four!
Chelsie on September 26, 2018:
hi this is my first pregnancy i get headaches at times , my lower abdomen and lower back cramps / aches at times on and off and at times my boobs hurt i’m about 4 or 5 weeks is this normal ?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 16, 2018:
As always, be sure to talk to your doctor!
Four weeks is early to say anything for sure. (I believe it's the earliest a test can detect pregnancy.) At this point, it's hard to say whether there is anything which would be considered normal.
I've never known shoulder pain to be associated with pregnancy, but pressure can cause lower back pain as early as six to eight weeks of pregnancy. It could also be caused by a number of other factors.
If you're having BOTH shoulder and back pain, I'd say odds are it's something to do with the way you're sleeping.
Talk to your doctor or midwife if you're concerned, but at this point in pregnancy you probably won't be experiencing very many symptoms at all.
Ssm on September 16, 2018:
Hi im 4 weeks pregnant and have shoulder pain lower back pain is this normal?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 05, 2018:
Backache and headache are normal, as is nausea. Not being able to breathe is something you need to ask your doctor about because this could be a sign of issues with your lungs or heart. Make sure you're sleeping on your left side and not on your back!
Jane on September 05, 2018:
Hi i'm 7weeks pregnant everyday i have lower back ache.. I can't breathe normally.. Every morning i have an headache and i can't eat cause of always vomiting.. is it normal? Thank you and God Bless..
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 04, 2018:
Brenda, consult with your doctor. I'm not familiar with tubal reversals, and your doctor is the best source of information about your individual pregnancy.
Brenda Martinez on September 03, 2018:
i am 4 weeks pregnant after having a tubal reversal,but have pain,pressure and bloating.Is this normal?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 03, 2018:
Giselda, I have had a similar experience. Low HCG can indicate an ectopic pregnancy, especially if tested via the blood. I would treat this as a sincere concern.
Your intuition DOES matter, but I am not a qualified medical professional and therefore most advise you to consult with your doctor. If you feel strongly that the pregnancy is viable, please consider consulting for a second opinion.
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 03, 2018:
It's possible the gestational age is incorrect. By six weeks there should be a heartbeat, but this could simply mean the follicular phase of your cycle was longer than typical, therefore making the gestational age less than six weeks.
Trust your doctor. They know what they're talking about in this situation, and if they felt the pregnancy wasn't viable, they would have taken some kind of action to avoid the risk of infection.
Good luck to you!
Giselda on September 03, 2018:
Hi belive I am 3 weeks since conception my 1st pregnancy i hab brown discharge bit that has stopped and jusy have adominal pain feels warm some times as well have gone to doctors that was 2 weeks aftee concepriin and did ultra sound nothing was found my blood levels were low they think it might be a etopic. But thwy dont see anytjing and schdules to have a proceger done tomorrow very nervouse cause not sure if i should or wait longer?
Lyddie on September 02, 2018:
Ultra sound showed no blood flow or heart beat in twins at 7 weeks. No bleeding or spotting. Doctor said to continue prenatals an return in two weeks for another ultrasound. What are the chances that the results will change?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 01, 2018:
Carpal Tunnel is common during pregnancy due to swelling. Both could be caused by water retention and swelling, so make sure you're drinking enough water and talk to your doctor or midwife!
2536 on August 31, 2018:
I been have bad leg and wrist pain
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 19, 2018:
SEVERE pain is always a reason to call your doctor.
Imi on August 19, 2018:
hi, am six weeks two days gone, I have very severe pain in my left lower abdomen with spotting only seen when I wipe my vagina after urinating. pls is it normal.
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 18, 2018:
Stabbing pain is definitely a reason to call your doctor! Get in touch with your doctor or midwife for help, please!
Mel on August 18, 2018:
Hi am 3 weeks pregnant and have stabbing pain on my left side down to my hip bone in my lower abdominal area and it goes down my leg is it normal very nerves please help I had an epoic pregnancy before
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 15, 2018:
Mhai, back pain is *very* normal during pregnancy. Your ligaments are changing (loosening) during your pregnancy. Try not to put too much strain on your back and make sure to get up and move around regularly when you're doing a lot of sitting!
If you're concerned, be sure to talk to your doctor and have anything you're worried about checked out by them.
Mhai on August 14, 2018:
Hi I'm 7 weeks pregnant and I'm continuously have a lower back pain, almost every night. And today at office I felt the same pain. Is it really normal? No headache, nausea and any other un-comfortable feeling
vilma on July 11, 2018:
hi im almost 3 months pregnant and i been getting hips pain recently somethimes headache and nauseas almost every day other than that everything is pretty normal
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on June 12, 2018:
During pregnancy, you may experience what is known as "round ligament pains." These pains feel a LOT like when you have menstrual pain.
If this is your first pregnancy, I recommend contacting your doctor for confirmation. If it is NOT your first pregnancy and this seems unusual, contact your doctor.
Mpho on June 10, 2018:
I have a back pain feels like am going to have my periods and its been 3weeks now what should I do coz am six weeks pregnant
khadija on May 07, 2018:
Hi, am three month pregnant and am having body aches, pls is it normal?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on April 21, 2018:
Best wishes to you, Heather!
Heather on April 20, 2018:
My last pregnancy was 2 months ago I was a month and 1 week. I experienced hip and lower back pain real bad as if I was in labor. I took a pregnancy test it was a line and a faded line so I knew I was loosing my baby. Long story short I am now pregnant again and very nervous but all is well. Having hip and back pain along with very sore breast. I took another test to ease my mind and had a doctor's visit I'm a month and 3 days but I'm high risk but doing great so far. On bed rest and my mind is at ease.
Kate on April 09, 2018:
Back pain at 7weeks pregnant
Jo on March 20, 2018:
I’m 7 weeks pregnant and since today I have upper back and shoulder pain is it normal?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on February 15, 2018:
This is a question to consult your doctor! They are the one that can tell you whether there's a problem if you've not heard or seen a heartbeat yet.
The heart begins to beat around six weeks gestation.
trinimom on February 15, 2018:
I have been experiencing a lot of lower back pain as well as pelvic pains I do worry about the fact that I have done a U/S and still no heart beat from my baby should I be worried?
mee on July 30, 2017:
Hi,im having lower and upper and also belly pain.. is it probably because im pregnant.. as i have not done a pregnancy test yet?
Im also getting a severe headache everytime and nausea and i have taken some weight..
Plz help me ..
Kelsey on July 21, 2017:
Hello I'm 9 weeks pregnant today and I've been getting these really bad pains in my ribs and my back they just keep coming and going
Reshay on January 29, 2017:
I am about 9 weeks and I'm having BAD hip pains....I feel like I'm 6 months pregnant...Is this normal??
Shannon on April 22, 2015:
Hi, I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have been randomly getting a quick sharp pain in my upper back ribs... It goes away quickly but scares me, I've never felt it before. Is this normal? Or has anyone felt this before?
kaylyn on April 04, 2015:
Im 3 weeks pregnant is it normal for my level to be 92 and my lower back aches but it isn't a sharp pain is this normal?
Shantae on January 18, 2015:
Hi I have an irregular cycle and I missed my period last month .. I am now using the bathroom often, get really hungry, sore boobs on and off, horrible headaches, fatigue just to name a few irregular things that has been happening since however at about 2am on Friday I noticed when I wiped I saw a pink col on the tissue then it started to get heavier during the day where a pad was needed but on Saturday it stopped like I saw some old blood like wen a period is about to finish I am really confuse because I am New to this .. I am now haviNg hip pains and neck and upper back pain I am really concern because I don't know if I might be pregnant .. Last month I tested twice and both home test were negative .. I am 18 and as I said before I av an irregular cycle so I dint really keep track of it .. What ur opinion?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 15, 2014:
@destini: In all honesty, I'm not entirely sure.
A woman is born with all of the eggs her body will ever produce, with roughly half of them in each of the ovaries. Every cycle, some eggs die, with the rate of ovum death increasing with age.
I would *guess,* based on what I know of women's health, that your chances are as good now as they were before.
Your doctor has better answers than I can give you. A phone call will get you the answer that you need, but I think your chances of getting pregnant are still high.
I'm terribly sorry for your loss.
destini on September 15, 2014:
So my pregnancy turned put to be ectopic friday september 12 at 9 i had to have surgury to remove my right tube the mass was the size of a golfball they gave me 2 days till it rupsured so it was emergancy surgury now i only have a left tube are my chances of getting pregnant decresed
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on September 08, 2014:
Probably not, but you should contact your doctor about ANY non-standard pains that you have. He or she is the best person to diagnose.
Ericaharden on September 07, 2014:
I'm 8 weeks and when I move a certain way I get a quick sharp pain in my lower left abdominal. It doesn't last but a second and does not happen very often. Should I be concerned?
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 31, 2014:
@destini: I'm here for support, so don't ever be sorry for commenting and asking for support. That's the whole reason I'm here.
Bedrest is scary and it's not a happy thing to have happen, but it may mean that your doctor believes there's hope of the pregnancy "sticking." Try to take it easy and not to worry too much. I bled heavily during my fourth pregnancy and my youngest daughter is six years old now, so unless I'm mistaken, there's still hope.
destini on August 31, 2014:
Well I'm sorry for bumbarding u with questions i called my doctor and she put me on bed rest I'm still having bleeding now it mostly havey brown bleeding heavyer than before
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 30, 2014:
@destini: If you're bleeding, call your doctor to be absolutely sure.
Brown blood is usually "old blood" which is on the cervix. It may be from past periods, but to be on the safe side, I'd call my doctor if I was bleeding.
destini on August 29, 2014:
Im almost 6 weeks pregnant and i experience for the last 2 day a change from pink blood to brown blood is this normal??
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 22, 2014:
@ebere: I'm not sure what you want me to tell you. I have no way of diagnosing the source of the bleeding. It could be that you're pregnant and bleeding, or it could be a normal period. The only way to know for sure is to have your doctor do a blood test, which are more reliable than home pregnancy tests.
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 03, 2014:
No. Brown discharge is generally old blood on the cervix from a previous period and can be the result of sexual activities. See here: https://wehavekids.com/having-baby/bleeding-during...
gayu on August 03, 2014:
I am 11weeks 4 days pregnant i mastubated and started brown discharge please tell me am i going to miscarry i am really scared pls any one experienced this.
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 02, 2014:
I have an article on natural remedies for acid indigestion during pregnancy that you might want to check out. It's not a problem in early pregnancy as much as it is in later pregnancy, but if you start preventative measures now, you'll get the best results as time goes on throughout your pregnancy. It also gives a general idea of foods to avoid in order to avoid getting heartburn in the first place, and some of these may be helpful for overall nutrition in pregnancy.
Wynter Gale on August 01, 2014:
Thank you! I don't have a Tumblr account at this time. I'm a little slack on social media, but I'm trying new things. I see you have an article on natural remedies for morning sickness. I think it would be great to have an article on natural remedies for other pregnancy ailments, as well, if you don't already. Perhaps even safe exercises. I'm trying to get as healthy as possible (something I've been a little lax in lately).
Becki Rizzuti (author) from Central Indiana on August 01, 2014:
It sounds perfectly normal. If you're bleeding but not cramping, you're *probably* okay and if you're cramping but not bleeding, it's most likely round ligament pains, so you should be just fine. Implantation can also cause some mild cramping, if you're that early in your pregnancy.
Best of luck to you in your pregnancy! I'd love it if you're on Tumblr and wanted to keep in touch (pregnancynow.tumblr.com). I love watching women grow with their pregnancies. And welcome to Hubpages, too!
Wynter Gale on August 01, 2014:
I recently found out I am pregnant, and I have been extremely paranoid about the menstrual-like cramps I have been having off and on. Part of the reason for that is I have lost two pregnancies in the past two years (one ectopic that had to be terminated). This is my third pregnancy, and I hope everything goes well. I have not been spotting any, and with both of my other pregnancies I was spotting since before my missed menstrual cycle. I will be going to the doctor soon, so maybe that will give me a little more peace of mind. It's comforting to know that other mothers experience cramping and that it's usually a normal sign of pregnancy. My husband and I are ready to be parents!