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32 weeks and dull menstrual cramps???

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6/1/06 7:36 P

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Remember gals, our uterus's haven't done this in quite some time, so practice makes perfect. It's just warm up for the big day. As long as you aren't bleeding or loose water, you're good to go. I'm so glad when I feel them--I know it's only a matter of time!

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6/1/06 7:13 P

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I'm 33 1/2 weeks and have gotten that feeling off and on for the past couple weeks. Today I had cramps ALL DAY though. I don't know about other people's, but I'm almost positive mine aren't contractions. It's persistent pain not intermittent, and my uterus isn't getting tight during them. I have an appointment tomorrow and will ask my midwife.

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6/1/06 2:41 P

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I've gotten that feeling a few times. I've tried to explain to to my DH.. It's like your gonna get your period and is like the pre-cramps.. where it isn't really cramping, just an uncomfortable feeling. The baby still kicks me in the ribs.. and there is no bleeding or anything so I didn't think it as anything major.

I am 32 weeks and 3 days today.. and it only happens like once a week if that for the last 3 weeks... I have a doc appointment next week and that was on my list of things to talk about.

Everyone in here keeps saying they are "false contractions"... oo geez.. I was worried I wouldn't know what they would feel lik

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6/1/06 1:28 P

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It's probably false labor/contractions. This is what I've been having. Feels like your period is going to start any moment. As long as they aren't consistent and don't get worse, you're probably okay. Rest and hydrate would be my advice.

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6/1/06 10:48 A

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Just to let you ladies know that those "menstrual cramps" (the feeling like you are going to start your period) are actual contractions. That is what I felt when I went into labor with dd they were really light cramps that came in somewhat of a pattern for about a day then they kept getting a little stronger and closer together. So the pains that you are having are contractions, but nothing to be worried about if they are not coming in a pattern. And if they do start coming in a pattern try changing what you are doing. (If you're walking around, sit down or take a bath etc) Just try to do something different to stop them. I have been having them every now and again with this pregnancy but I remember from last time that is what my contractions felt like in the beggining of labor.

Edited by: MEGHANJUSTICE at: 6/1/2006 (10:49)

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6/1/06 10:01 A

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I had the same thing over the weekend. I went in to the doctor and he said that everything is fine. The baby has changed position and he said that the movements could have caused the cramping and discomfort that I felt.

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6/1/06 9:58 A

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I had this last night. It started in the late evening and lasted into the night. It was so uncomfortable and I had trouble sleeping. It was a constant discomfort and didn't let up at all, so I figured it wasn't contractions.


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6/1/06 9:22 A

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I thought that this info was helpful...

Prelabor contractions (also called "false" contractions):

Are irregular, following no discernable pattern for more than a few hours.
Are non-progressive: don't become stronger, longer, or more frequent.
Are felt most in front, in the lower abdomen.
Vary from painless to mildly uncomfortable; feel more like pressure than pain.
Become less intense and less uncomfortable if you change position or walk, lie down, or take a hot bath or shower.
Make your uterus feel like a hard ball.

Labor contractions (also called "real" or "true" contractions):

Follow a regular pattern. (Timing is seldom precise to the minute.)
Are progressive: become stronger, longer, and more frequent. The contractions get longer and the intervals between them shorter.
Are felt most in the lower abdomen and radiate around to the lower back.
Vary from uncomfortable pressure to a grabbing, pulling pain, which can usually be managed, even lessened, by conscious release of tension in the rest of your muscles.
Don't change if you lie down or change position; may be intensified by walking.
Are usually accompanied by a "bloody show."

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6/1/06 9:01 A

I have been having cramps along with contractions. They kept me awake all last night and I am at work and so tired......My doctor told me there is nothing to worry about as long as I don't get 8 contractions in one hour.

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6/1/06 8:44 A

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Baby is still high. So as long as I feel movement up high, I know that I am not in labor.

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6/1/06 8:43 A

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When I woke up this morning I had the same feeling. I will be 34 weeks tomorrow. It does not feel like cramps, just like the onset of my period. That is the exact thought that ran through my head. I have a doctor's appointment in a week. I will try to hold out until then and not panic.

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6/1/06 8:27 A

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Hi guys I am 34 weeks and had cramps the other night that kept me awake. I asked my Dr. at my appt. yesterday and she told me those were contractions! The main thing is if you lay on your side and drink water and they don't go away in an hour or so then it might be early labor. She had to tell me because I never had them with my first pregnancy I had terrible back labor/pains instead.

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6/1/06 7:15 A

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I've been having dull menstral cramps as well. They remind me of how I used to know when my period was coming before I was pregnant...I don't even know if I would call them cramps. They started about a week and a half ago and they don't happen daily just on and off. I'm not having contractions either. I'm now 33 weeks. I don't have an answer for you as to what they mean but hopefully someone else does...


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6/1/06 7:06 A

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hey girls,

I am having dull cramps....could it be stretching? No contractions to go along with these cramps.......

So confused, gonna call OB

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