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#1 SusieBlue

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

For the last week or so I have felt like my period is coming. Bloating, cramping etc. Some days (today in particular!) it feels so imminent that I expect to see blood when I go to the toilet, but nothing!

I am breastfeeding my 7 month old daughter. When I Googled this, lots of results came back for phantom periods while breastfeeding - basically feeling like it was coming and it didn't.

I was wondering if this happened to anyone in EBland? With DS, my period returned when he was 8.5 months and I only knew when I went to the toilet and found blood - no prior warning.

And I've checked, I'm not pregnant (that was pretty unlikely given how little action there has been!!  biggrin.gif )

#2 lactasticmama

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

The one time I remember it happening is last year when my period was due (it would have been my 2nd or 3rd period postpartum). I was certain it was about to appear, had mild period cramps too, but it didn't come.

2 weeks later, & still no sign of my period I took yet another pregnancy test (a whole year ago last week), and wallah, a BFP! So I was actually ovulating that weekend I was expecting my period. DD2 was 9 months, and still breastfeeding as well.

Not sure how much of a help I've been, hope your period appears for you soon (or not and stops throwing annoying symptoms at you).

#3 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

Yes, My DS2 is 15 months and still no period - I had some light spotting at 4 months PP and 8 months PP but nothing else. Not pregnant but have several times felt like I was going to get a period and never did.

I am travelling o/s soon - I assume my body will wait until I touch down in foreign land and I shall then have a heavy nauseating period for the entire holiday biggrin.gif

#4 bluedragon

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

Happened to me too. In fact I actually had half a day of sever cramps and nausea once (I have terrible periods!). So bad I was in bed with a hot water bottle and then like a switch nothing. No more symptoms and no blood.

I didn't get a real one for another 6 months. I had bloating and other symptoms at other times too.

#5 BlueUnicorn

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

Yes! I'm going through that at the moment.. I even went emergency pad shopping last week. But nothing! Its over 3 months after the birth and Ive had two lots of moods/bloating/cramping and expecting to see my period.

With both of my previous births I bf as well, and both times my period was back by the second month.  Im not pregnant.

#6 tibs

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

Yep it happened to me a few times, so much so I went out and bought pads.  One time I'm sure I had period pain  wacko.gif  My kids were 15-16 months when I finally got my period back.

#7 MintyBiscuit

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:53 PM

Yep, I had that pre period feeling a few months ago. Was at Costco that week so bought one of the big packets of pads - it's still sitting unopened in the bathroom.

I'm not complaining though, the longer it stays away the better!

#8 SusieBlue

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

Hi everyone - thanks for the comments! Its nice to know that I'm not strange!!! Even though I like the absence of AF, all this bogus period pain makes me wish that AF would arrive, just so this pain would go away! Grr!!

PippityRue - one of the first things I did when this started was take a preg test to check. With both of my successful pregnancies, my first symptom was period pain without bleeding so I was instantly suspicious. Thankfully I'm not PG!! Although now I'm tempted to use an OPK to see if I'm Oing...




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