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37 weeks preg and 17 yrs old... confused on what this

I am cramping like a period cramp. no bleeding, water hasnt broke, im dilated 1 and 30% effaced the last time i went to doc which was thursday. But the cramping will happen quite a few times a day. is this anything i should be concerned about or what is it? and why (if u know) does this happen?


Asked by Anonymous at 8:10 PM on Jan. 2, 2010 in Pregnancy

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Answers (5)
  • It's just your body's way of preparing for the BIG day. Just monitor them closely and if they become more severe, and closer together, then you should call your dr, and of course do so if your water breaks. I too was 17 when I had my first child and was scared too death! But everything will be fine =) Proud mommy of a 4 year old lil' boy && 25 weeks pregnant with a baby girl! Good Luck!!!

    Answer by landensmommy2 at 9:28 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • It is most likely braxton hick contractions also known as practice contractions. You are very effaced or dilated. If it starts happening at regular intervals and doesn't go away if you drink a bunch of water and lay down then it is real contractions and you just have to wait it out. Don't go to the hospital until they are 3 mins apart consistently and lasting about 45 seconds. Just hang in there.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 8:14 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • These could be Braxton-Hicks contractions- they are contractions that do NOT dialate the cervix but are kind of like practice for the real thing. Write down what time you feel the cramping and how long it lasts. If there becomes a pattern, it may be early labor; but if not, it's probably nothing to worry about. Ask your doctor- you should be seeing them once a week by now anyway

    Answer by musichollie at 8:14 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • Make sure you are drinking plenty of water because dehydration will do this to you. They could be Braxton Hicks contractions. If they lessen or go away completely when you change position it's most likely BH.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:07 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • prob braxton hicks, but if it is getting worse call your doc to get checked out

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 9:09 PM on Jan. 2, 2010