A few questions for those who have been through pregnancy before..
Hi, I was just wondering if any of you who have experience of pregnancy could give me a little help and answer a few questions? I don't have anybody close who has had children as I am the first out of all my close friends to ask.
1) As a first timer when things are all new and you worry a bit more not knowing what's normal and what's not, etc, at what stage in your pregnancy did you find it easier to start relaxing a little?
2) Did you ever experience cramps or pains so severe you thought something was wrong and turned out to be nothing?
(a) If so, what did they feel like?
(b) What turned out to be the cause?
3) Did you experience regular stinging shooting pains in your cervical area? (Just wondering if this is normal)
4) Finally, what did you feel was the fastest part of the pregnancy?
Hi im on baby no3 now lol
1: I think you kinda worry all the way through be it for one reason or another. You will worry about pains, about the birth and about what you will do when you are left alone with a newborn baby! BUT it is very true that it DOES all come to you from no where!! I had never even changed a nappy before i had my first and she is now 7 years old so i must have managed ok lol, i know its easy people saying it will come to you but it really does so dont panic!!!
2: I did have cramps and pains and didnt know what they were and even went to hospital to be checked over with both kids, it turned out to be nothing, just growing pains and both babies were fine and healthy, the hospitals must see hundreds of women who are "just wanting to make sure" so dont worry if you have to call in as they are used to it and thats what they are there for.
3: ive had the sharp shooting pains with all 3 pregnancies and it does get worse (well it did for me) the further on i got, im sure its just the baby hitting nerves and later on its the baby pushing down on the cervix as running out of space and getting into position for birth. Very normal.
4: at the time every pregnancy seemed to drag in, especially the last few weeks as your soo close yet so far lol but looking back after its all over and done with you realise it did infact fly by and you should enjoy it while you can! It only seems like yesterday i had my 2 girls and they are already 7 and nearly 2
hope this helps and feel free to ask anything else thats on your mind xx
I have sharp shooting pains all the time, sometimes very painful, have been assured by midwife they are just growing pains. This is my first pregnancy but I think I'll relax when I begin to feel kicks!
I wasn't particularly worried about anything the first time, any pains etc I wasn't concerned because there was no bleeding involved. I had severe stomach cramps both times, like menstrual cramps, which would usually lead to diarrhoea, I don't know if these are just my stomach being sensitive or something else, but they come and go. They are just cramping, achy pain and don't feel like contractions. I also get round ligament pain, caused by the expanding uterus stretching out the ligaments holding it (achy, burning pain round underside of bump and hips, usually worse later on in the day) and later on, probably sciatica as well (severe pain in back, left me almost unable to walk last time)
I don't remember the stabbing shooting pains from last time but I have them this time, and don't know why, but have seen lots of others talking about them here - so that leads me to believe it's nothing to worry about. If you search the board and find 10 ladies all posted about the same thing in the last fortnight, chances are it's normal!
When the baby starts kicking regularly it's definitely easier to become more relaxed as you have physical proof that they're alive in there!
The fastest part for me both times has been first trimester - I was so in shock both times (first time that it actually happened, second that it happened so fast after the struggle first time to get pregnant) and so tired and feeling ill that everything just blurred into one and I spent a lot of time sleeping. 2nd tri did and is dragging by so slowly, and I liked weeks 24+ the best even though that's when it hurt the most because I could see Joe kicking and had a big belly and just loved that bit. I cried for weeks afterwards because I missed it so much and hadn't wanted it to end yet (he was over a week overdue)
I think you never stop worrying and even when they are here the worry continues!
I always get dull lower back ache and sharp pinching pains where the baby is laying on a nerve.
The shooting pains in cervix is also uncomfortable. They get progressively worse too. I do believe it's baby getting into position. It happened just before I had an appt and they told me baby was head down. In my last pregnancy when they were getting worse, appts confirmed that she was engaged.
The first tri and third tri seemed to pass quickly for me apart from the last couple of weeks of third tri xx
I am on baby number four and I think I might quit worrying here in about 19 years or so, when they have all graduated high school and moved out on their own. Maybe.
I never had any cramps until this pregnancy, and they freaked me out since I had a couple of miscarriages in between my youngest and this one.
The stinging pains were never regular, but they freaked me out at first. It also seemed like they started earlier with each pregnancy.
The first trimester always seemed to be the one that went the fastest, mainly because I didn't know I was pregnant for the whole thing, so it was actually the shortest for me. (if that makes sense) The third trimester was always the longest, especially the last month or so. Actually, my pregnancies always seemed to go so fast all the way through until that last month, then time just started dragging.
I had cramps (bad ones this time) but figured they're normal as scans were fine etc. if you're ever in doubt speak to your midwife :-)
Shooting pains - yes. Again figured this was normal but if in doubt speak to midwife.
Worries - eased when I started feeling movement - but also increased on occasions where I didn't feel days lol!!! Again never be afraid to check, I went to hospital a few times and it's best to get peace of mind! But I think from conception you never stop worrying about kids, even when they're grown up ;-)
For me pregnancy number two is heap more relaxed an going quicker x
Popped over from first tri but on baby #2. the worring for me went away slightlyonce i saw our little bean for the frst time. But completly went away around 32 weeks when i knew if he was born he would have a good chance.
I remember having a few cases of such bad shooting pains that lasted a few minuted then would lessen and come back again. I thought they were contractions so i thought to myself if this lasts a few hrs i will wake oh and go to the hospital. It went away after a few hours so i coughed them up to being severe gas pains.
The fastest part of pregnancy for me was labor ( pushed for 3 contractions). Im saying it was all the walking i did i would walk for hours a day. And i also went to a chiropractor the last 2 months of pregnancy. Will be doing this this pregnancy too.
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