Stretching and Tugging

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Stretching and Tugging

So yesterday and today I have started to feel some stretching and tugging in my uterus. Horray for pregnancy signs! I know I'm later than most of you, are you still feeling this? When did you start feeling it?

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I think I have been feeling that for at least a week or so now. At first I was worried because it felt like cramping, but then I read that it's normal to have some cramping as the muscles stretch to accomodate a growing uterus.

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I felt it a LOT right after I got my BFP, when I was just shy of 4 weeks. Then it got more sporadic, and I'd only feel the "stretching" feeling every so often. Then at about 8 weeks I started feeling it a lot again. I'm 8w4d now. I read somewhere that its not uncommon to feel more stretching and pulling from 8-12 weeks.

I've also noticed that I almost have to "brace myself" when I sneeze these days....I'm guessing that's because the muscles are stretching too?

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Katie....YES!!!! me too! I woke up and tried to stretch and OWWWW it hurt! And the other day I coughed at work and the pain was crazy. It's really sporadic.

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Definitely...it really got going for me around 7 weeks. I had it quite low, in the groin area almost. Then up more on my abdomen on the sides...and then general pulling, almost like AF cramps. I got a break from it awhile ago, but now it's back and a little more intense!

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I definitely have had cramping and stretching feelings in my lower abdomen. That's actually when I first thought about taking a pregnancy test (and the fact that I was a week late lol). When I would cough or sneeze, or stretch in a weird way it would be painful. Not so much anymore, as I'm 9 weeks along and this is my fourth baby (so I'm sure my uterus is used to babies by now lol) but definitely for a month or so. Hang in there!

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I find that I can't stretch in the mornings either without the pain. Boy that sure does hurt!!

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YES to bracing yourself when you sneeze. Oh man. That hurts, plus rolling over quickly in bed and having a big cramp where things are stretching. Yeesh. lol

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I thought maybe my body was weird. LOL I am a side sleeper which has proven difficult even this early in the pregnancy because my stomach tugs and causes that stretching pain.