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#1 aimeeym

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

I am interested to hear from people who have been preggers before what differences there are between EPS and signs that AF is on the way if any.

#2 MummyLyss

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

In the early days of pregnancy with my daughter I wasn't particularly paying attention. The 2 things I noticed was 1) the morning sickness - I dont usually get nauseous and 2) I put a shirt on one day (I wore this shirt in one of 2 colours once a week) and looked down and was like "wow! Where did they come from!?" Then reached forward to get my cardigan. My arm brushed against the side of my boob Sooo gently and it was AGONY! I do sometimes get sore boobs around AF but this was... ouch! Really full on compared to normal. Within a day or 2 of symptoms I went to the drs and got a blood test confirming pregnancy and a couple of days after that I had the ultrasound showing that I was about 7 weeks, so I didn't have noticeable (to me). Symptoms for a while!

#3 Mootmoot

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:20 PM

I mistook EPS for AF - I wasn't even due yet, just thought it had come early, so that would have been about a week after conception I reckon.  Really sore breasts - much more than normal AF in hindsight - and feeling a little bit generally emotionally yergh.  I didn't get the strong backache I usually get with AF or quite so grumpy.

#4 greenthumbs

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

We were 'trying' and I had cramps which never eventuated into period. I usually had cramps only the day before getting period, but that time, after about 2-3 days of cramping I tested, and voila! It was very very early, but definitely pregnant biggrin.gif

No other symptoms for ages.

#5 Spring Chickadee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

with my pregnancies I always felt exhausted out of the blue around 10DPO, like could barely make it off the lounge! I also got my BFPs around 9/10DPO. I wouldnt get and cramping etc for another few weeks so not like AF at all for me.

#6 babyinabackpack

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

My breasts were ridiculously sore and huge, and I felt like my period was going to arrive at any second. I don't think I stopped checking the toilet paper for weeks, even after my BFP because I just felt like AF was imminent.

#7 bettymm

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

Yes, for me both times, Early pregnancy felt exactly like premenstrual symptoms.  Perhaps my boobs were a tad more sensitive than usual? but otherwise i really felt like my period was coming.  Running to the toilet to check constantly .  Nausea and other pregnancy  symptoms didnt start for me til I was about 7 weeks pregnant.

#8 123Babies4Me

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

It feels very similar to AF for me i.e. the cramps (in fact with DD I was so upset because I thought AF was coming and I had miscarried not long beforehand....) Instead of bleeding though, I get lots of discharge (EWCM like). This discharge continues right through pregnancy for me.

The time that I miscarried, I didn't have either of these symptoms. All that happened was that I missed a period.

However I don't get the normal pg symptoms e.g. morning sickness, tiredness etc. so I'm not a good person to use as a reference!!!

#9 honeylulu

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

Yes, for my first pregnancy I almost delayed taking a pregnancy test because it felt exactly like I was getting my period - dull, low back pain, a little bloated, generally a bit blargh.
It was only at 5-6 weeks pregnant that morning sickness started and by 8 weeks my breasts deserved their own orbiting moons.
My second pregnancy started the same but at least I knew not to delay the pregnancy test.

#10 Nepheline

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Mine felt exactly like my period arriving, only thing that made me take a test was drying off after a shower, I brushed my nipple with the towel and nearly cried! So sore.

Otherwise, just like a pp it felt like AF was going to arrive every second.

#11 janie1105

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:32 PM

Mine did.  I had cramps and though for sure that it was AF.  

It makes it very nerve wracking if you are in the 2ww.

#12 aimeeym

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

Ladies, you are amazing really! Thank you.
Ok so next question, what is implantation bleeding like? We were BD last night and DH noticed some blood.....I thought grrr the 2ww is over and popped a tampon in. Vola this morning no AF and no further bleeding.
Would normally POAS pronto but I am in Japan in a ski village!
Any help appreciated.

#13 MummyLyss

Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

I had implantation bleeding (part of the reason that I wasn't paying attention. I mistook it for a small AF. At the time I was very underweight to a point that I'm surprised I could even have a cycle at all! So the small bleed that I had I figured that was the best my body could do. If I had cramping it was that mild that I didn't notice. For me it was a very light bleed for only a day or 2.

Good luck!

If I were you, though, I would go to the pharmacy and just look at the packaging til I see something that looks like a HPT. Then to make sure, I would find a staff member, point at the box, point at myself and do that gesture like "is there a balloon under my top?" Hai means yes original.gif

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