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strange scanty periods since trying to get pregnant?

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Why did I have a couple of strange scanty periods since I have been trying to get pregnant?
I have been trying for the last two months but prior to trying I had normal cycles that lasted 25 days, and periods that lasted 5-7 days. However the last couple of periods have lasted 2 days with one day of spotting, also with dull aching cramps in lower center of my uterus; my cycles now last 27-28.
Are there any women that have experienced the same things after ttc? I have been trying for the last 5 years but I took a 2 year break, but when I when I tried before I do not remember experiencing anything like this.I have also gained 5 pounds since I have started TTC in May. I have done the hpt each time (2 months in a row) and they were both negative, also I've done hormone test prior to TTC, so I know it is not menopause. Help?

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replied July 19th, 2011
Am I Pregnant Answer A25232
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Shorter and lighter periods along with weight gain and spotting could be suggestive of possibility of pregnancy. The urine pregnancy test (UPT) kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. They can also show false negative results during early pregnancy. Blood/serum HCG level estimation is accurate. UPT should always be done on early morning first urine sample as the concentration of pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be highest in this sample. You can consider repeating UPT on early morning sample to see if it turns positive. Look out for development of any other new symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy if you suspect to be pregnant. If pregnancy is suspected, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). If pregnancy gets confirmed, get ultrasound scan done to confirm the gestational age. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
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