Is this early labor?

Sabrina - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I am 37 weeks. I have been having stomach cramps for 2 days. loose bowels and back pain. Last night I was up every 2 hours having to go to the bathroom and after I went I had strong cramping in my hips and pelvis. I have felt nausated all day and have a migrane... and all I want to do is SLEEP!!! Along with all that everytime the baby moves I get this odd and uncomfortable "pinching" sensation "down there? What is going on? so confused.

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User - posted on 10/25/2012

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Hey I'm 18 and pregnant with my first child I have 35weeks and due November 29th. With in the last day or so I started getting bad back pain head aches gas and I feel nauseous. I'm not in labor am I?

Jeni - posted on 01/03/2010

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I am 40 weeks and 3 days and I have been having all of those symptoms except the migraine for a month now and I have not dilated at all. If fact I set an appointment tomorrow for induction. My doctor doesn't seem to be concerned about anything. But she did tell me that if I have a migraine that wont go away to go into labor and delivery immediately. Oh and that pinching yeah have had that since I was 36 weeks and it is because the baby has dropped already. I am used to it now. LOL But it could also be a sign of a bladder infection which is really common at this point. So your best bet if you haven't already is to talk to your OB. Can never be to careful when it comes to the baby. That is my rule anyway!

Juantay - posted on 12/28/2009

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ojk hi how are you doin? fine i hope well my name is juantay a mother of 5 boys. i can tell u dis much labor is near bcuz just two mths ago i was in da same boat but i delivered the nxt day so b careful

Danielle - posted on 12/28/2009

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Quoting Dawn:

Hmmm....some of those could be signs of early labor, some of them don't sound like it. The migraine is of particular concern to me. If you have taken Tylenol and your headache is not going away you NEED to contact your doctor. Please don't be too concerned as headaches, nausea and abdominal pain can be just a part of being pregnant, HOWEVER, you need to take it seriously as they can also be signs of pre-eclampsia and only you doctor can determine whether it is or not. If it is pre-eclampsia you need to know as soon as possible so that your health and your baby's health is not put at risk. This is the kind of situation that a doctor EXPECTS you to call them and let them know what is going on. Better safe than sorry!

Good luck!



I just noticed you said you have a migraine.



Listen to Dawn. I had pre-eclampsia and my doctor induced me for that reason.

Carolyn - posted on 01/04/2010

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I am glad you got checked and you'll be fine once the baby decides to be born. I am glad you are ready and the baby will be soon too. Hang in there and God Bless you and the baby.

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Kath - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi Jeni, You probably have tried everything by now but have you considered acupuncture? Women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy usually have less painful births and go into labor closer to their due date. I think it might help with your migraine as well. It could be a good thing to try before doing full on induction. Acupuncture is used for pregnancy discomforts as well as for inducing labor. Sometimes if the baby is in an awkward position early labor can take a long time. I would suggest gong to spinning babies.com website to research this as well. Hire a doula who can give you more ideas; go to dona.org to find one.

C. - posted on 01/03/2010

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Oh wow, Sabrina!! That's awful! I hope you are feeling much better by now. Take care!!!

Sabrina - posted on 01/03/2010

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did end up calling the doc... had me come in and do some blood test and put me on a fetal monitor for a while... baby is fine I am fine. Turns out I was dehydrated from the flu my whole family got for christmas... NOT FUN!!! and the migrine was cause by the dehydration. other than that they said I was fine and that everything looked good... have a doc appt tomorrow so I am sure I will have to have all the tests run again just in case... I am SOOOOO ready to be not pregnant ne more.

Kevlyn - posted on 01/03/2010

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I am hoping that you have already seen your OB... Please let us know how you are doing?

Kari - posted on 01/03/2010

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I went into the hospital for similar reasons, mostly discomfort and was told that I was having a contraction then and there and didn't know it. At the time I was 35 weeks along. I had phoned them and they told me to come in. In the very least call the nurse station at the hospital and let them know what is going on. The will tell you what to do.

Julie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Sure sounds like it to me! If you havent already gone to your OB go now!

Kath - posted on 12/29/2009

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Yes! I would call your doctor or midwife and your doula right away! You may be able to get a sleep aid from your doctor if you're not too far along.

C. - posted on 12/29/2009

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Your baby is probably just moving so it's head is down and ready to be delivered. That can happen several seeks before the due date. The pinching and cramps are probably just your ligaments stretching and your pelvis widening to prepare for delivering your baby. I wouldn't worry too much. However, if you start getting contractions, which will resound throughout and all around your stomach, and they come closer together and stronger each time.. Call your doctor, you're probably in labor. Congratulations, by the way, on your new addition!

Kellie - posted on 12/28/2009

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You should definatly call your doctor or go into the hospital, its better to be safe than sorry

Danielle - posted on 12/28/2009

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I dealt with that for weeks before I was induced. If the cramping starts to come on regularly you should probably go to the hospital to get examined. Get your hubby to time them. Good luck.

Jordan - posted on 12/28/2009

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LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE! Maybe they are right maybe they are wrong you will never know til you go in

Carly - posted on 12/28/2009

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I felt exactly the same from 36 weeks right up until 42! This can happen frequently, your body needs to take the time to prepare for birth. I used to think, oh is this it? But let me tell you, you will bloody no when it starts because you cannot speak through the pain!

Jennie - posted on 12/28/2009

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37 weeks is classed as term hun...call your midwife she may ask u to call ut labour ward to explain things n they may want u in to monitor u and baby. good luck x

Colleen - posted on 12/28/2009

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My second baby was like that and the docs who scanned me didnt even tell me I was in labour!!!By the time they examined me I was six centimetres and moving about and rocking my back was the only relief until I got into the bath....in the end, my son was born 20 mins later, my hubby just made it......just a couple of puffs of gas and air....Taylor weighed 8lbs 3oz and I had no stitches...Do get checked out though....good luck....

Carolyn - posted on 12/28/2009

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I just finished Bradley Child Birth Classes with my daughter-in-law. Her instructor tells us that true labor, when you are ready for delivery is contractions lasting 1 full minute, at set intervals of about 10 minutes a part. We were told that she did not have to go to hospital till they were about 3 minutes a part. Now if they last longer than 1 minute you could be delivering quickly and may want to go before they are 3 minutes a part. We only live like 10 minutes from hospital. So please take that in to account. Natural is very painful, but worth every minute after it's all over. Hope this helps and best of luck!

Carole Anne - posted on 12/28/2009

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well... every pregnancy is different, but it almost sounds like back labor. you should probably go see your doctor, they will monitor the baby and you, probably check to see if you are dilated at all. this sounds like it could be false labor and with all mine as soon as i got to the hospital it would stop and i would rest. YAY!!!! an easy way to hurry it along and make the labor and delivery easier...keep walking. it will work all those muscles up and prepare them better for that big day. good luck and congrats!!!!

S - posted on 12/28/2009

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Call your doctor. It could be labor but it's better to be sure than not. I had a lot of those symptoms and by the time I got to the doctor it was too late to stop my labor.

September - posted on 12/28/2009

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Maybe you should call your Doctor. I think that would be a good place to start. Good luck and best wishes!

Louise - posted on 12/28/2009

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i had my daughter at 37 weeks and she weighed 9lb and was healthy but you should always consult your midwife for concerns

Tyarria - posted on 12/28/2009

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well it sounds like you need you to go to the hospital. i felt like that 1 week before i went into labor.but the headache part i think i had that problem but nothing was wron wit my blood pressure

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2009

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I would call your dr. if you haven't already. It might be labor or the baby is situated weird.

Dawn - posted on 12/28/2009

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Hmmm....some of those could be signs of early labor, some of them don't sound like it. The migraine is of particular concern to me. If you have taken Tylenol and your headache is not going away you NEED to contact your doctor. Please don't be too concerned as headaches, nausea and abdominal pain can be just a part of being pregnant, HOWEVER, you need to take it seriously as they can also be signs of pre-eclampsia and only you doctor can determine whether it is or not. If it is pre-eclampsia you need to know as soon as possible so that your health and your baby's health is not put at risk. This is the kind of situation that a doctor EXPECTS you to call them and let them know what is going on. Better safe than sorry!



Good luck!

Cori - posted on 12/28/2009

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call your doctor... the least they will do is have you come into the hospital and check to see whats going on monitor you and baby for bit... 37 weeks isnt to early to go into labor! i think anything after 37 weeks is considered full term so it may be your time! good luck!

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