Cramping in Very Early Pregnancy?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My period was due on Feb 18th. On Feb 18th, I started getting cramps, that made me believe my period was coming. Days went by with the cramping, but no period. I took a HPT today, and it came back positive, but I'm still having the cramping. It feels like my period is about to start any minute. Is this normal? Could it have been a false positive on my HPT, and my period really is on it's way?

ANSWER

Nope, you conceived and it sounds like you are having normal "growing pains." If you see bright red blood, then it is possible that you have miscarried. I'd suggest prenatal care asap, and if you are not already taking prenatal vitamins, stopping caffeine, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise, now would be the time :-).

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.