A friend of mine described early pregnancy as "feeling like your period is coming and it just doesn't come." The problem with period-like cramps is that they are equally indicative of a period actually coming as they are of an early pregnancy LOL but at least having them doesn't rule out pregnancy, until AF actually appears.
There are a variety of "normal" aches and pains that accompany successful pregnancies. Lower abdominal cramping as long as there is no bleeding present is completely normal, aching as your pregnancy progresses is commonly caused by round ligament stretching and continues throughout the pregnancy.
I have had two miscarriages. I am currently on my third pregnancy and at 19 weeks so far so good. I have many aches and pains but try not to worry because I know it's not good. I have just learned to understand that I will have aches and pains because another person is growing in me!!
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