Cramping??

Alexandria - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies,

i am 23 weeks pregnant and am having ALOT of cramping today and was wondering if this is normal? Like i am really uncomfortable at the moment. I have had the flu the last few days and have not been able to each much would this be causing the cramping. It almost feels like how i would the few days before i would get my period. I am confused and live fairly far away from my doctor so i am just looking for some advice please and thanks!!

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Stephanie - posted on 08/27/2013

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I am 22 weeks pregnant and i have a 18 month old and weighs 30 lbs. I was setting down and he came over and plopped down on top of my stomach. After that i have been having cramps, lower back pain, and feel weak. I do have ibs and also have a gas pocket around my stomach. So i do not know what to do, if that is my ibs or something else. Any advice i would love to hear about it. Thank you

Rachel - posted on 08/28/2013

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Yes I still get cramping that feels the same, like I'm going to start my period and I am 21 weeks pregnant. It comes and goes, some days I have it and others I dont. I think it is just part of being pregnant and having the baby growing and getting bigger inside of you. Also since you just had the flu that probably could cause some cramping as well.

Brandy - posted on 01/06/2010

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If it feels like menstrual cramps and is in your lower abdominal and pelvic area (some women get it in their inner thighs too) then you are probably having your first Braxton Hicks contractions. They can start any time around 20 weeks and usually start earlier and are stronger if you have had kids before because your body know what is going to happen this time and knows it needs to prepare for it. If it stops or lessens when you get up and move around, then they are BH and you don't need to worry. If they seem to come in regular intervals starting at the top of your uterus, up near your ribs and moving downwards, lasting for consistent periods of time (usually 30 seconds or more), then I would see a doctor. Also, see your doctor if you have any signs of labor along with the cramping like if you are spotting. Drink alot of water too because sometimes dehydration can cause early labor symptoms and if you are just getting over the flu, you are likely a bit dehydrated. It's alot easier to get dehydrated when you are pregnant.

Christian - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am 23 weeks also and just got out of the hospital for the same thing. I found out they were labor contractions and my baby was down in the birth canal ready to come out. my cervic was thinning out also. now im on meds every four hrs and strict bed rest! soo its good to go and check if everything is alright! good luck!

Alexandria - posted on 02/07/2013

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From what i have been told cramping is normal - have experienced it in all of my pregnancies. Am currently almost 18 weeks pregnant with twins and seem to have alot of cramping this time around as well. As long as bleeding doesnt follow the cramping you should be fine, i know it is worrying but try to relax and im sure everything will be ok. Good luck!

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Catherine - posted on 07/09/2014

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Hi Alexandria.Cramping during pregnancy often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. Cramps can generally be described as pulling sensations on one or both sides of your abdomen. Although not considered a symptom for detection of early pregnancy, it is a symptom that accompanies many pregnancies. For most cases, cramping will be a normal part of pregnancy. However, there are some instances when cramping can be a concern. Find out more specific information about it here http://aboutgettingpregnant.com .

Vladica - posted on 05/24/2014

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Same here with me. I am 18 weeks pregnant and i have been having menstrual like cramps for two days now throughout my hole stomach! Even my legs are all cramped up and i just have that feeling.. i guess that's the way it goes...

Jillian - posted on 01/31/2014

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Was it diarrhea cramps? I had them when I was pregnant. Congrats on your baby since it was born 2 yrs ago.

User - posted on 01/29/2014

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Im 6 months pregnant and sometimes i feel a deep push from the inside as if the baby ia stretching and sometimes its so hard to move and breath. I have some spots at times doctor says i need rest. Ive been off from work for 4 daya now and doing nothing but blood spots come and go. Im worried what does this mean =(

Stephanie - posted on 09/02/2013

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thank you i do appreciate everything that i get back... i have a doctors appointment next week and we are going to talk about the procedures that follow with the gas pocket. with having ibs-c and a gas pocket and being pregnant is very difficult, especially with having a 18 month old baby boy. They are going to run tests for diverticulitis, so everyone please cross your fingers that i dont cause if so surgery is on the way fun fun....

Hina - posted on 02/05/2013

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Im 12 weeks. had my nt test all ok. ive started to have sharp period pain type cramping and im worried :(

Panterawomen - posted on 10/27/2012

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hello every one am getting period cramps every morining am concern its been almost 3 months i havent got my period and during the night i feel something move inside me and went it dont move i feel my tummy and it starts to moves could it be a hernia do hernis move or gas every moment or i could be pregant am afarid my husband is young am a little older then him we have sex every day and my tubes are tied coudl i gotting pregant ?

Alexandria - posted on 01/08/2010

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Thanks so much laides for all of your comments. i did contact my doctor ( got to talk to a nurse) and she said that it sounded like braxton hicks and that i was not to worry to much but to maybe monitor them and tell my doctor about it at my next appointment. I am not sure how i am supposed to monitor something that is continous but i guess thats what i will tell my doctor. I have experienced no bleeding so guess i dont have to worry, but have been experiencing some discharged, which i have to go to teh bathroom and check that i am not bleeding cause it feels like that sometimes. Is that normal??

Anyways thanks again and just thought i would tell you all that everything seems ok at the moment!

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Check with your doc. But in my opinion it is norm. I am 17 weeks preg. with #5 and had cramping on and off with all of mine. I was always told it is just growth of baby and uterus. As long as u dnt have bleeding I wouldn't worry too much. I know it's easier said than done but put your feet up and drink lots of water.

Kat - posted on 01/08/2010

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Call the doctor for sure. I thought I was having BH & I was actually having contractions with my 1st at 33 weeks. Don't assume anything, put your mind at rest.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2010

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ive never had period pain so cant relate to that but im currently 35 weeks with my second and had cramping from bout 20 weeks threw to 28 with both pregnancys i found mine was usually starte if i was lying or siting in different possitions . i was at the time working in the health and fitness profession and after discusssing it with collegues etc we put it down to ligments and muscles contracting and relaxing due to the rise in hormones in body it may not be this but it could be similar .

Darla - posted on 01/06/2010

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well if it persists i would go in to the doctor just to be sure but it could also be the braxton hickss contractions i am 21 weeks and i get some cramping somtime as long as your not bleeding im sure your fine but if it persists for a long time i would go in just to be safe

Teresa - posted on 01/06/2010

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I'm 22 weeks and have been having cramping for the last month or so. When I mentioned it to my Ob, he said it's most likely just from the baby growing and everything stretching out and moving around. He said it's possible to be having some Braxton Hick's contractions already, too.

I agree with Stephanie though. I would definitely call your doctor's office and at least speak to a nurse...especially with you being so sick lately. I hope you get better and that everything's okay! :)

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Call your doctor first and see what they say. If you've been sick, it could just be that you haven't been eating. It could also be something very wrong, and it's better to know sooner rather than later. My best friend, who's about as far along as you, was having cramping and just had to have surgery done or she most likely wasn't going to live through her pregnancy. Her and baby are healthy now, but the last thing you want is to wait too long and find out it's something serious.



I ran to the ER around 25 weeks along for cramping and just found out my uterus had grown to the point that I was having ligament issues, and that was all. But I'm glad I took that step instead of waiting to see if it would pass on its own. It's always better to be a little overly cautious when you're pregnant, I think. So give your doctor or the nearest hospital's maternity ward a call and ask them what would be best. They may tell you to eat and see if it passes, or they may tell you to come in. Either way, your mind can be a little more at ease after you talk to them.

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