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Suspect of being pregnant, periods not returned, have breastfeeding baby. Have symptoms of pregnancy. Home pregnancy test negative. Is body preparing to mensurate after pregnancy or Am I pregnant?

I am currently breastfeeding my 5 month old and began feeding her baby food last month. I suspect I am pregnant again but my periods have not returned. I have all the textbook symptoms of pregnancy, bloating , mild cramps, cravings, smell aversions, headaches, dizzyness, nausea, dark blue veins. I also have had egg white cervical mucus for at least a week. I have taken 4 home preg tests and all were negative. Is this what happens when your body is preparing to menstrate for the first time after pregnancy? Or does it sound to you like I am pregnant? I feel like I m going crazy!
Tue, 26 Jun 2012
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first thing you need to do is relax.. any women after giving birth will have a certain period of time usually up to six months when she does not undergo her usual menstrual cycles.. this is because of the hormone known as prolactin that is responsible for milk production.. so when the baby has been fed properly then the hormone levels will be maintained at a high level which will prevent ovulation and there by pregnancy.. this is natures way of protecting the mother from stress of another immediate pregnancy..
once the hormone prolactin starts to decrease the body prepares for its regular menses.. so most probably it looks like this is the same process happening in you..
about the other symptoms that you are mentioning those will occur intermittently as long as the pregnancy related hormone present in the body gets depleted.. that is all..
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