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    First Pregnancy... just wanting some info
    bmh_ssu posted:
    Hi this is my first pregnancy and I would just like some reassurance that what I'm feeling is normal. First off I believe that I am 6 weeks and my first dr's appt is not for another 4 weeks. Should I go to the er and get tested or will I be fine? Secondly, my last period (August 27) only lasted a day and half, but I didn't think anything about it. Could I be farther along and that could have been implanation bleeding? My normal period is about 4 to 5 days. Thirldy, I have been cramping off and on. It is like a period cramp, but nothing terrible. Just want to make sure this is normal. And lastly, I have had some back pain, again nothing terrible, but haven't seen this as a normal thing. I do work as a bank teller so I am on my feet all day, so this may be part of it. BUt my mom seems to think something may be wrong. Any help or info wouold be greatly appreciated.
    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    1. You'll be fine. Home pregnancy tests are so accurate now that many doctors take that and don't even do an in-office test. Also, not being seen until you're 10-12 weeks along is common. There really isn't anything to see before then and if, heaven forbid, you're going to miscarry, it will usually happen before then and there really isn't anything that can be done to stop it.

    2. It could have been implantation bleeding since it was much shorter than your usual period. Your doctor will probably do an ultrasound to determine how far along you are.

    3. Period-like cramping is normal; I had it with both pregnancies. It's when it's severe and/or accompanied by bleeding that it's a concern.

    4. Back pain is common throughout pregnancy and being on your feet all day isn't helping.
    bmh_ssu replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
    Thank you so much for your reply. This eases my mind.
    Sarah McMoyler, RN responded:

    While I concur with tlkittycat's reply, as an RN in labor and delivery, I encourage you not to ignore your "instincts" on something that is bothering/worrying you. A simple call into your OB/Midwife's office (perhaps to the advice nurse) can ease your mind and confirm that you do not need a sooner appt. to be evaluated.

    Best of luck,
    Sarah RN

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