36 weeks pregnant, having period like cramps!

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012 ( 45 moms have responded )

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I am 36 weeks and 4 days pregnant, with my second child. In the past couple days I have been experiencing period like cramps in my lower pelvis area and sometimes in my lower back. I was in the hospital yesterday bc I was having some contractions and the period like cramps. All did was give me a shot for pain but even with the shot I felt pain in my pelvis area. I have tried setting in different postions, laying down and even a hot bath but nothing is helping me. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what else can I do for relief? The pain is horrible!

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Jemma - posted on 10/25/2013

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hi there sorry to botha you am 36 weeks and 1 day ive had quite bad cramps in my back but i dont really want to go up to the hopsital if its nothing as its quite far and i also have spd do you know or anyone if i could be that also its muy 4th child but i thought contractions are bad pains ive been perscribed codine with my spd as its that bad can anyone help me and i was very hot last night defo didnt get compy

Julie - posted on 10/31/2012

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GO TO THE ER AGAIN NOW AND REPORT THE STAFF AT YOUR PREVIOUS VISIT ... YOU ARE DELIVERING!!!

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Gloria - posted on 09/20/2013

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Im 39 weeks and 3 days and no sign of labor but just cramps here and there should i be concerned

Gloria - posted on 08/31/2013

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I am 36 weeks and 4 days and having bad cramps what does that mean can anybody help me please

Scottilee - posted on 10/29/2012

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Go back to the hospital and tell them you are not leaving until they do test and find out why you are having cramps. Doctors are wrong all the time. Your body is telling you some thing is wrong. Alarm bells and flashing lights.

Pamela - posted on 10/29/2012

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Hi there,



The joys of motherhood! As u approach confinement ur baby pushes more on that area and the pain can get excruciating. I used to lie on the bed with pillows under my knee thigh area. This way th baby's full force does push so heavy on those ligaments.



Good news is that your body is preparing well and baby will pop out soon! Lying on the side too helps. Get one of those pregnancy pillows if u don't have one already. I don't even bother with injections coz it does nothing!



Best of luck

Crystal - posted on 10/28/2012

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Congratulations! Now relax and heal as much as possible, and enjoy your new born baby girl!!

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/28/2012

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Thank you everyone! Yes the whole reason I haven't been on is because it turned out to be active labor. Delivered a healthy baby girl on October 26th at 12:01am by c-section. She is doing great even tho she was born at 36 weeks! Thank you for all the support and advice!

Beth - posted on 10/28/2012

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I had these toward the end of my second pregnancy, and I was told it was just my uterus getting ready for labor. I had that, and also a lot of tightening that wasn't painful at all, and then at 40 weeks I went in for an exam and was already at 5 cm! If the doctor did not seem concerned, then you need not be. Also, I used a heating pad for relief.

Pamela - posted on 10/27/2012

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You may be having what is called Braxton-Hicks cramps. They are preparing your womb for the eventual labor. Don't worry!



Also be vary AWARE of anything you put into your body in terms of "medicine". YOUR BABY ABSORBS all of this as well. Do you really want to give your baby pain medicine because of your own discomfort? Think twice my dear. The children being born today are far more sensitive than those being born when you came through. PLEASE consider dealing with the pain instead of giving your baby pain medicine while it is sill developing. The same goes for any medication giving during labor. THE BABY RECEIVES IT TOO! I, for one, have always opted for NO MEDICATION during pregnancy or birth!



Good luck to you and stop panicking!!!

Sonya - posted on 10/27/2012

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I think ur n labor too. I had my daughter very fast. I stayed n labor for about 5 mins then I had her that was 29 yrs ago.

Julia - posted on 10/27/2012

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I had 7 days of labor, starting with back labor. I had a C-section planned, but they said they would not do it more than a week before the due date. So I had to wait for 7 days & when I came back in, they said I was diatated to 6 already. So they finally let me have the C-section, four days before it was scheduled. Hopefully, you don't have to be in labor for a week, but I did alot of walking. Warm baths & intercourse can also speed up delivery. My dualla mentioned that to me on day 7. I did the bath, as hubby still at work, and it did speed things up just a little. Good luck. :)

Meryl - posted on 10/27/2012

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I would contact my doctor again and make it clear about all these happenings and that you are really concerned. You say your breasts are leaking, that is such a sure sign that you are in labor. You are 9 mos. along, what is he waiting for. Bless you and the best of luck hon.

Crystal - posted on 10/27/2012

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I would personally head straight back to the hospital demand blood work, an ultrasound to check for the babies health and don't stop asking questions until you are good an satisfied! This is you and your babies health, do not give in!



If they are contractions, well this is your second you said, does it feel like contractions or even false labour or like something else. No one knows your body like you!



I hope and wish all is well with you and yours. Keep us updated.

Kelly - posted on 10/27/2012

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They probably are not keeping you because at 36wks you are considered premature. So you would have to have really proven yourself as being in active labor for them to admit you. Ethically & according to ACOG your doctor can not do a c/s prior to 39wks unless ur in active labor, there is something medically wrong with u or baby, or they perform an amniocentesis to check for lung maturity. Hang in there it sounds like ur body is getting ready.

Amber - posted on 10/27/2012

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I was 35w2d when I woke up with period like cramps and finally 2 days later I called the dr went in and I was 4-5cm in active labor with my twins 3 hours later I was enjoying there cute lil fingers n toes... Call your dr it may be your turn...

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2012

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I was at home with regular (every 7 minutes) contractions for over 2 days before I went to the hospital. I went when the pain got too unbearable. Wishing you all the best and if you want more from the hospital, fight for it. I know it feels hard but you can. It's your body and your baby x

Jenneil - posted on 10/27/2012

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This happened to me with my now 6 month old. I was in labor for days and didn't know it. Honey girl I think you are in labor. Congrats

Sonya - posted on 10/26/2012

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That is a gud answer. My first and only child is now 29 yrs old. I had that same problem. When I got to the hospital. Stayed n labor for about 5 mins throwing up and all and finally had her. It took 5 mins. I feel sorry for most of u women who has to wait so long n the delivery room to have babies... It was painful for me but very quick....

Kerry - posted on 10/25/2012

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Tis the time girl. At this date you might be having contractions. Your body is preparing itself for delivery and contractions are what changes your cervix. Your cervix must change from long and thick to short and thin. The thinner it is when you go into labor the faster your labor may progress. However, you need to be sure and stay hydrated--well hydrated. Lots of water will probably calm these contractions as dehydration can cause those pesky low intensity (mild) contractions. At 37 weeks though you should be having contractions and you do want them. Believe me, you will know when you start real labor. Those low intensity high frequency contractions will change to higher intensity (stronger) regular contractions. If you have a bladder infection this can precipitate these frequent, mild contractions as will intercourse.

Stay hydrated and have a happy uneventful labor and enjoy your new baby.

Kerry, labor and delivery RN

Wendy - posted on 10/25/2012

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Hopefully the reason you haven't been on here for 8 hrs is because u have had ur little one, I agree that you were in labour!

Kristi - posted on 10/25/2012

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It sounds like uou are in lahor and if you have a planned c section they should move it up because you could go into unplanned active labor and risk complications...

Donna - posted on 10/25/2012

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I think maybe you are going to have the baby really fast -- I think you are in labor already

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012

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Hopefully I can get threw tonight and make it till in the morning to the doctors office. I'm hoping that they will tell me I have progressed and just send me on to the hospital. If not I'm probley going to cry. Lol.

Holly - posted on 10/25/2012

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i'd like to hear updates, but i really suggest you going to the hospital!

Shelley - posted on 10/25/2012

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Sounds like labor to me. I'd call the OB/GYN's office. With all my daughters, it took forever to get to 4, then I went right to 10. If you're in so much pain that can't be alleviated, you need to get checked out so you don't have to have an emergency C-Section. Please keep us posted.

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012

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Not at all. Just noticed my breast are leaking. Hopefully actual labor will start soon.

Holly - posted on 10/25/2012

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oh, well that makes since... i was just wondering if it was because you had narrow hips. because if that is the case, that mkes since too.... ALSO perhaps the pain you are having MAY have something to do with the scar tissue from the C section before... I didn't mean to insinuate anything negative by asking, but it might have come across as negative and i am sorry

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012

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Bc I had one with my son. And I don't want to risk my life, by having a VBAC.

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012

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I have ask to be induced so many time but they won't bc there isn't anything medically wrong with me or her. I have a doctors app in the morning. The plan is for them to check my cervix and possibly schedule my c-section sooner. Hopefully I can make it till then.

Holly - posted on 10/25/2012

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well it took a few hospital trips for my first baby, the first one they sent me home, but as soon as i got home i headed back, and they actually kept me, and i had my baby, 13 hrs later.... >.< UGH! 13 hrs of painful contractions and pushing... i would go back if you are in severe pain... perhaps they can induce you...

Bobbie Jo - posted on 10/25/2012

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Yes, I'm drinking plenty of water. The doctors say that her head is really low, but she has been low for awhile now. It might be from her lowering more bc I am 3cm dilated and 80% thinned out. But it's like everytime I go to the hospital or doctors that my cervix have changed but yet I'm not in active labor. When will they actually keep me at the hospital, bc I'm progressing just slowly.

Holly - posted on 10/25/2012

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are you drinking enough water? could it just be that the baby is in a very uncomfortable position? I remember when my babies would get up under my ribs, or some how they would get into my hip area and push there... then at night they would do somersaults

Holly - posted on 10/25/2012

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i would think that the period like cramps were contractions.... from what i remember, thats what my contractions felt like.

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