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cramping?

I am almost 37wks prego now and woke up to some cramping in lower abdomen. Feels like period cramps. it has been coming and going off and on all morning/afternoon now. What could this be?

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Tara04

Asked by Tara04 at 2:13 PM on Jul. 21, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Labor! or braxton hicks contractions...
    firethearson

    Answer by firethearson at 2:15 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • u need to time when u start cramping and how long they last, it could be labor or just braxton hicks
    dilemma1

    Answer by dilemma1 at 2:18 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • I think its all irregular contractions than. some hours i have more cramping than others.
    Tara04

    Answer by Tara04 at 2:24 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • sounds like braxton hicks then
    dilemma1

    Answer by dilemma1 at 2:25 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Do you think that they will lead to labor soon than? I am so ready to have baby. I have so much pressure down there, cant sleep, and losing my plug like no other.
    Tara04

    Answer by Tara04 at 2:36 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • it just varies from pregnancy to pregnancy, ive been having painful braxton hicks from 20 wks, they are so painful that i double over sometimes...but still no baby...im 36 wks now and have so much pressure down there that my pelvis bones are sore and it hurts to move but still no baby, so u could have a week or so or it could come today just whenever the baby comes
    dilemma1

    Answer by dilemma1 at 2:41 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • I had the same situation. Around 37 weeks I started cramping. Nothing serious just felt like a period. It was always irregular never consistant. I am now 39 weeks and 4 days. I am not progressed at all. This is my first pregnancy. My doctor wasn't worried about the cramping. Its probably Braxton Hicks. If yours start to get more painful and closer together then I would say its labor. But if your just uncomfortable and having period like cramps then your fine. Its just your body getting ready.
    Ames826

    Answer by Ames826 at 2:48 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Wish he would come out today. I been so miserable and crabby. My first pregnancy was nothing like this one.
    Tara04

    Answer by Tara04 at 2:49 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Thanks for all your guys answers. I guess ill really know its time to go in. Ill just wait till the pain is close and regular and painful. dont want any false trips too the hospital.
    Tara04

    Answer by Tara04 at 2:52 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • Braxton hicks are what you want to have at this point. That's what helps to soften your cervix getting you dilated and effaced. I had them for a solid week before I went into real labor with my son. I started timing contractions two days before he came. They were regularly spaced, but then they'd just quit. Finally on Saturday I had strong contractions all day about 10 mins apart. Didn't go in until Sunday morning around 9. Every pregnancy is different, and every body is different, but don't discount the Braxton Hicks!! They're helpful!
    ACL2007

    Answer by ACL2007 at 2:58 PM on Jul. 21, 2009

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