Feels Like Menstrual Cramps

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C - August 9

I have been getting pains off and on that feel like what would be menstrual cramps. They don't last very long but they can definately hurt. Is this Braxton Hicks constractions, my ligaments stretching, am i starting to dialate, what is it? I have an appointment with my doc next thursday. I am 34 weeks 6 days.

 

miranda - August 9

BH contractions can hurt, especially toward the end. You don't need to be concerned unless you see true signs of labor - regular contractions coming every five minutes lasting at least one minute for over an hour. I am also 34 1/2 weeks and I've got lots of weird little cramping pains in my pack and pelvis. It may be that we are starting to dilate, some women do their early labor work over several weeks. That's what I did with my first pregnancy.

 

Kristen - August 10

I just read an article that said that cramping like that can be caused by the full blood vessels in the pelvis. Just another thought.

 

KrisD - August 10

Hi C - I was just mentioning this in another thread... I went to the hospital this morning b/c I had been having cramps for 3 days and had a little blood this a.m. - they hooked me up to the fetal monitor and told me that they were actually contractions. Every time I felt a little crampy, I was having a small contraction. Just very mild - in fact, they said not a big deal until they start to change the cervix. So there is another scenario, I suppose!

 

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