Shortened Period And Pregnancy

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Justin - September 30

Can someone please help me out here? My girlfriend has preg symptoms such as OBVIOUS swollen br___t. Had cramps approx. 10-12 dpo (she thought AF was coming early), fatigue and cramps prior to AF (where she swore it was always coming early) which she says is all unusual. Her AF came about 4-5 days late. She normally has a 5-7 day AF flow but this month was only about 3.5 days. She charts her period every month and this is the first time this ever happened like this. On all these internet sites they say a "lighter or shortened period" is a sign of pregnancy. Okay, lighter period is self explanatory, the say lighter pink or brown in color, but what does a shortened period mean? Is that normal flow and color for a shortened time? So would it be light a normal period only shortened? Has anyone been positive with a period that appeared normal other than the fact is was shortened in half? This is driving me crazy. My GF just saw her sister have a baby 5 days ago and it scared and freaked her out. Now she is afraid to take a HPT now. In the meantime I'm left clueless.

 

ubmp - September 30

I wonder the same thing so I'm bumping this up for both of us

 

Justin - September 30

Can someome PLEASE, PLEASE explain this???

 

bumb - September 30

bump

 

Kim - September 30

Justin, I bumped this for you earlier because I want to know the answer too.

 

to justin - September 30

Most likely she had a normal period. A short one doesn't mean she is pregnant, but many women do bleed in early pregnancy, like a short and light period. Some women even have normal periods and find out they are several months pregnant. so you can never really tell with the length or flow of your period as a sign of pregnancy, you just realize it after the fact. Your only way to really find out is a test, and I would test as early as possible so you can work through all your options. Did her swolen b___sts go away? If it was a normal period her b___sts would go back to normal after her period started.

 

to justin - September 30

just to add...a women's cycle changes all the time, so following "like it always does" may just drive you crazy. Especially when it comes to getting pregnant!!!!

 

Justin - September 30

Her b___st remains swollen. That's the crazy thing. Her b___st never swelled like this. This is the most obvious sign. This started around 10-12 dpo. Everytime I ask her if her period was normal, she answers "I don't know, I don't pay attention." How could you not know if there is a difference? But the fact remains her b___st are still swollen and her period was cut in half.

 

Justin - September 30

Another thing I forgot to add is her BBT, it's all over the charts. Up one day, down the next. I've read bbt's are only reliable when a girl has a regular cycle. Is this true?

 

to justin - September 30

She is charting??? Sounds like you guys are trying to get pregnant?? But swollen b___sts are usually a sure sign. Your b___st usually get sore before you period, but pregnancy is usually the only thing that makes them bigger, as long as she is not on the pill or gaining weight. From all I have read, taking BBT is very sensitive. You have to use the proper thermometer and you have to take it right when you wake up before you get out of bed and as long as you have more than 4 hours of sleep. If not your temps would be al over the place.. Charting is usually to determine when you ovulate so you can time having s_x at the right time to conceive!!!

 

Justin - September 30

Well, not exactly charting. We kind of just started when we noticed her b___st swelling about 16 days ago. So I know it's not too reliable. I wish she did chart then it would be easier to tell. I'm just going to have to talk her into taking a HPT.

 

to justin - September 30

good luck to you guys!!! if she is, I wish you guys all the best!!!

 

Justin - September 30

Thank You for all your posts. I guess none of us would need these boards if medical/pregnancy websites were not so vague. Like "lighter or shortened period." It's just so hard to tie symtoms with words I guess. Thats why the knowledge and experience of others is so much more helpful then medical websites when it comes to this. Thank You all!!!!

 

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