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Alicia - September 13th, 2005 11:38 AM

Can anyone tell me the signs of being pregnant while you're exclusively b/f? My son is 4 mos. old and I haven't gotten a period yet, but feel a lot like I did when I was first pregnant with him...

anne - September 13th, 2005 2:15 PM

you can test and it will accurate. testing the first 8 weeks can show false positives, after that it will show neg if you're not and pos only if you are preg. test and see. let me know

Katie - September 14th, 2005 10:25 AM

I thought the same thing for me. I'm not sure if it is just from being a new mom or what. My son is also 4 months old. I did take a test and it came out negative. I'm not sure why I feel the way I do. When I went to my doctor for my six week check up, he told me I should be starting my period (I both bottle and breastfeed), but I havn't had anything yet. I guess it could be a possibility because We've only been using condoms off and on. My cousin found out that she was five months pregnant while breastfeeding her baby. It is possible. Keep us posted.

anne - September 14th, 2005 11:23 AM

i forgot to mention that we tested with ept recently too. mine was 100% neg and i gave birth 6 weeks ago. it says in the box that it may show pos up to 8 weeks after delivery, stillbirth, abortion or miscarriage. my hCG dropped off before that i guess. i thought i was pregnant again, i was freaking out so we had to test. i will be testing again nextweek to be sure. not sure what birth control we can use, i can use the pill and condoms smell like crap to me.. what are you using or planning to use?

Em - September 14th, 2005 11:46 AM

I'm in the same boat - I feel tired, irritable and depressed. My son is also 4 months old and no period - I've been thinking of taking the test but dont' feel like spending the $.

Ravien - September 19th, 2005 12:09 AM

I am planning one getting an IUD the copper one with no harmones if and when I do recieve my period. I stopped bfing my 9 1/2 month old son a few weeks ago during the hurricane. (But they say that the IUD's are safe for breastfeeding moms as long as they are the copper ones).

Alicia - September 19th, 2005 11:05 AM

well, I tested and it came back negative....thanx for responding to me, it's really nice to have people in the same boat

C - September 19th, 2005 1:40 PM

I read it can take up to 3 months after you stop breastfeeding to get your period back. Even if you are supplementing you might not get it. Yes you can use an IUD while breastfeeding. I debated it but I read about possibly having a harder time getting pregnant after it's removed. I decided to take the mini pill instead. I will get an IUD after I have a second child.

EM - September 19th, 2005 1:57 PM

My baby is 4 months today and I still have no period. I am exclusively pumping. I've decided not to worry about it. If my boobs start to feel tender I will definitely take a test.

Gin - September 22nd, 2005 7:00 AM

my period came back last month even though i am still breastfeeding. But till now.. no signs of it coming. it 3 weeks late. took the test last week. it was negative. Do you think i could be pregnant? milk supply becoming very low, feeling very tired most of the time also..

Alicia - September 25th, 2005 10:54 AM

Gin, my milk supply is low too, and even though i tested and it came back neg, i'm still a little suspicious..had extremely bad nausea last night, and just kind of "feel" pregnant...

Lisa*9 - September 26th, 2005 1:58 AM

When I was still bf my 15 month old became pg amd started to fill full in the breasts ,the same pg symptoms as my first .. Sorry can't help anymore.then this

emma - September 27th, 2005 11:53 AM

i am exclusively bf my four month old and have had what appear to be cramps, tired, dizzyetc. i have taken 5 tests and all have come back neg thus far. can you really be preg if the tests show otherwise??? no period yet
i am really concerned

mel - September 27th, 2005 2:33 PM

I was worried about pregnancy while I was breastfeeding too, with both of my kids. I had no period for 11 months even after my son started eating solids. As soon as he weaned at a year I started then got pregnant 3 cycles in. Now my youngest is 6 months and I have had one period and all of the symptoms....again. With all neg tests. I got so tired of wondering that I said, forget this! I'll either have my period or the baby will kick! My theory is that the hormones from pregnancy and breastfeeding ar so similar that alot of times they can be mistaken for each other.

emma - September 27th, 2005 4:42 PM

in response to ME....are you telling me that i should not worry because i am making myself sick here. you know when you in your mind create some symtoms. sounds crazy!!!. are your breasts suppose to hurt while you are nursing just like you were pregnant. i remember having cramps but a little more sever and really sore breasts at about 25 days or so pregnant. now i am really really tired (could it be that i am getting up all the time and running around like a fool) and feel dizzy bewcuase of this. i have read previous posts and they say that a negative test could still be positive. Even after 5 tests and a month of testing? does nursing affect the test? every time i get a negative test i feel relieved for the moment but then a week later i feel like crap agian. help

lee - October 3rd, 2005 2:00 AM

i was nursing my son exclusivelyfor 8 months. then, suddenly, my milk supply pretty much diminished itself. i tried and tried to build it back up with no success, then 2 months later i found out i was 5 months pregnant. so for me, my milk supply diminished, but for others that doesn't happen. as far as breasts being tender, mine are always tender when breastfeeding, they feel the same as if i was pregnant, so you really can't go by that.

Jenn - October 5th, 2005 4:14 AM

i am in the same position as most of you here. i have a 22 month old, and a 4 months old. i was b/f my oldest til she was 1. i started to feel sick and preg like when she was 7 months old, was taking test after test after test, and they were all neg. until 3 months later when my dr took a test an it was pos. so i was really freaked out. i was getting slight cramps while nursing, milk was coming in heavier, when i would nurse her, i had to have a pad on the other side becasue the leaking was heavy! an now i am in the same position again, took 1 test - neg. but the only difference this time, is my milk supply is very low, my 4 month old isnt getting enough. so i will wait another month an see... i know i wasnt much help, but sometimes you feel preg before you are when you are nursing. because from the time i started feeling sick til the time they said i conceived was about a month an a half. so unless they totally messed up my dates, it is just very confusing...


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