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#1 Fillyjonk

Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

This is not strictly a TTC question, but I figured what better place than this for women who acutely analyse their cycles. Besides I *am* TTC and the question is motivated by that, but also curiosity.

Ok, so my cycles change each pregnancy. Before my first pregnancy I used to get aching breasts and bad, sometimes debilitating, cramps but no mood changes.

Now (after my fourth pregnancy), I get a heavy feeling in my nether regions but not actual pain, quite a bit of gas with a distinctive smell (sorry, gross) and a foul mood. Most months I also get the beginning symptoms of a head cold which sometimes fizzles out by the end of the first day of my period but sometimes develops into a full-on cold. Last month I spread it to the rest of the family.

But the thing that troubles me is that I start getting these symptoms 5-7 days before my period arrives. Is this normal? It used to be only 2ish days beforehand. Is there something weird happening with my hormones too early and could this potentially mess with conception?

So what are your premenstrual symptoms like and how long beforehand do they start?



#2 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:56 AM

Hey OP, I don't really belong in this section, as I am not TTC now...but I had a horrible time TTC my second child.....I didn't have exactly the same symptoms as you, but after my first pregnancy my cycle did change, I had a lot of mid cycle spotting, terrible PMS about a week leading up to my period, fluid retention etc......I went to see an FS (primarily to explore why I couldn't conceive) and my hormones were all over the shop....progesterone was out, oestrogen was out, bloods were showing some insulin resistance .....I was diagnosed with PCOS which was messing with my chances of conceiving .....so I reckon definitely get it checked out...I think mood swings, and physical symptoms such as you have described could definitely be indicative of something going on....hopefully something which can be fixed relatively easily ...good luck!

#3 sleepyerin

Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

Before I had DD, I would have cramps for the week before AF (and during and sometimes after), but I had borderline endo, so that was why. Since I probably have PM symptoms for about 3-5 days before, so to my mind what you are experiencing is normal. But given it is different for you, maybe you should see someone. Hormones are crazy things!



#4 murraysmissus

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

QUOTE (with the goo goose @ 02/01/2013, 11:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Before my first pregnancy I used to get aching breasts and bad, sometimes debilitating, cramps but no mood changes.

Now (after my fourth pregnancy), I get a heavy feeling in my nether regions but not actual pain, quite a bit of gas with a distinctive smell (sorry, gross) and a foul mood. Most months I also get the beginning symptoms of a head cold which sometimes fizzles out by the end of the first day of my period but sometimes develops into a full-on cold. Last month I spread it to the rest of the family.

But the thing that troubles me is that I start getting these symptoms 5-7 days before my period arrives.

blink.gif I could have written most of that WORD FOR WORD (omitting the cold like symptoms)! haha. I started taking mega B and vitamin C daily a few months ago and also Swisse' " Mood" tablets original.gif it has helped with my moods a lot... I swear I was going to take hubby's head off !!!
I was truly unapproachable and I HATED it about myself!
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seriously cranky crackers I was!!


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