3rd Trimester

menstrual like cramps without belly hardening?

Hi ladies,

Has anyone experienced this?

I'm thinking that I'll just see if they are regular...and rest a bit.

 

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Re: menstrual like cramps without belly hardening?

  • Usually menstrual like cramps=contractions=labor.  Maybe call doctor?  Or drink water and lay down for an hour first to see if they go away?  But thats what labor felt like with my first.  Keep on eye on them and good luck!

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  • I've been having menstrual like cramps too, for the past week. Sometimes, they go to my lower back, but nothing regular. I also been feeling pressure in my pelvis and bottom too. I'm putting myself on bed rest and not getting up for anything except to use the restroom and eat cause my hubby will be out of town from tomorrow till Tuesday night. I really don't want to go into labor while he's gone.
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  • I have the exact same thing most of the time.  My midwife said they are definitely practice contractions but they're most likely so mild that I don't feel or experience the tightening. 

    I started noticing them around week 33 and now I'm starting week 36 and I do get some tightening.  I wouldn't worry about it unless you've lost your mucous plug, have bleeding or other strange discharge as well as the ability to time them.  Your body is gearing up, lady! 

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    I have the exact same thing most of the time.  My midwife said they are definitely practice contractions but they're most likely so mild that I don't feel or experience the tightening. 

    This is correct.  I wouldn't really worry about them unless they increase in intensity or start becoming timeable (which would probably also come with tightening).  Maybe just drink some water and rest and they'll probably go away.  Of course if your care provider has told you to call with something like this you should, but typically mild cramping is normal and nothing to worry about.  You might bring it up at your next appointment just so your provider can tell you specifically what to watch for/when to worry.

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  • I'm 394 experiencing menstrual cramping also since last evening when I passed the mucous plug. I've been experiencing the cramping and more spotting also. I think it's a good indication our bodies are getting ready for the ld! Practice practice ;
  • I have those too had them since about 30w. Dr said they're just BH and not to worry about it unless they increase in intensity and timing.
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  • Drink plenty of water and lay down. It could be BH or the baby could be moving!
  • I've had them and they are normally one of two things. A practice contractions or BH or a sign that I need to have a BM. I would only be concerned if the cramps/contractions were accompanied by bleeding or spotting, then I'd call.
  • when i was pregnant i went into labor feeling cramp like pains. w/o belly hardening. they got worse after i was induced bc of being young but keep track of them and how constantly they are.
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  • Thanks so much ladies. So far so goodnone for a while now. The rest really makes a difference.
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  • I had that on Thurs/Fri along with lower back pain. I was sent to L&D andt hey were contractions, though they were mild and not doing anything. I'm not full term though, so I was given a shot to stop them. 

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  • I've been feeling a little crampy as well, but they haven't increased to contractions or anything. Whenever they come around, I just rest it out and drink some water. If they don't go away, I like to walk around a little to get my body moving. By then, they tend to go away.
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