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35 weeks pregnant- real contractions??

I've been having these cramps that feel like period cramps for the last 2 days. I just sat down and finally started timing them. I've timed them for about an hour now and they are 5 minutes apart, lasting about 1.5 mins each. Are these contractions??

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ARast

Asked by ARast at 8:46 PM on Mar. 21, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • there's a good chance of that. could just be BH contractions though
    febmom007

    Answer by febmom007 at 8:48 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Could be. Very few babies actually come on their due date. Two of mine were born at 32 weeks. Anything before 37 weeks is considered premature, but not necessarily problematic. At 35 weeks, if you deliver today, your baby will be fine. Might be a little on the small side, but his/her lungs should be mature enough to breathe without help and the sucking reflex is well established by now. Sounds like you're gonna be a mommy in a few hours! Congratulations!!
    judimary

    Answer by judimary at 8:50 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • BH contractions are irregular. Yours are 5 min apart, lasting a consistent 1.5 min, that sounds like labor to me. (I've had six kids)
    judimary

    Answer by judimary at 8:52 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • I'm not sure because a week ago I had braxton hicks contractions and they were consistantly 5 mins apart for 30 seconds for an hour. They then spread apart but they were consistant at first. Good luck!
    worriedmommy600

    Answer by worriedmommy600 at 8:57 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Typically contractions get not only closer together but more painful. True full on contractions, for most women, are hard to talk though, they take your breath away.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:03 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • If you cannot talk through them, they are real. I would get checked to see if you are dilating.

    dancinintherain

    Answer by dancinintherain at 9:04 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • Lasting a full minute and a half is a good indication that they're true contractions. Do they seem to be getting stronger in intensity?

    At 35 weeks I'd be trying to stop labor. Yes, some babies are born that early and are fine but premature babies often have more obstacles to overcome.

    Somethings to help slow the contractions...make sure you're staying well hydrated and eating plenty of protein, take a warm bath and try to relax, a calcium magnesium supplement would be helpful as well. Premature labor is the one time that I'd recommend alcohol during pregnancy, it's known to help slow contractions, half a glass of wine or half a beer would be plenty.

    If they continue to get stronger, longer and closer together then it's time to give your care provider a call.
    jupiter84

    Answer by jupiter84 at 9:05 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • call your dr.
    lay down drink some water and see if they may stop.
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 9:09 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • It is very possible they are "braxton hicks contractions" which are considered practice contractions.
    AmandaV.

    Answer by AmandaV. at 9:09 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

  • I'm drinking a lot of water right now to see what happens. I was going to try a bath next. They are definitely getting stronger, but I feel like they're getting more irregular, like too close together too fast? My husband is still at work and is being less than helpful, of course. Thankfully my 3 year old is asleep. They're not so bad I can't talk through them, but they're getting more painful. I am able to walk, talk, and breath normally, its just like a deep cramping.
    ARast

    Comment by ARast (original poster) at 9:10 PM on Mar. 21, 2011

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