I am 20 weeks and having cramping! Is this normal?

Jennifer - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My tummy cramps sometimes and it makes me wonder if it's normal?? I think it is what they refer to as "round ligament pain", ARGH!

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Jazzie - posted on 11/29/2013

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I am 20 weeks pregnant & my stomach cramps a lot during night :( is this okay ?

April - posted on 09/16/2013

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I am 20 weeks pregnant and the baby is moving a lot. I am not cramping or bleeding. Sometimes it feels normal and then other times it hurts. is this normal???

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September - posted on 07/15/2009

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Totally normal! I had the same thing! Think about it..Normally your uterus is the size of your fist and it’s going to get to the size of a basketball. So the stretching and growing of your uterus will definitely cause cramping. Hang in there and good luck!

Libby - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would not wait until the next visit. If it is cramping that doesn't sound like ligament pain. The ligament pain is like when you move too fast or the wrong way and you feel lik e you pulled a muscle for about 20 seconds. If your abdomen is cramping it could be contractions, possibly braxton hicks. I wouldn't let it go though. Every pregnancy is different. I had a complicated one and had the cramping and when I delivered her early I realized it had been contractions.

Emma - posted on 07/15/2009

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yea cramping at any stage of pregnancy is normal as the uterus is stretching with the daily growth of your little baby. If the cramping is with a really bad bleed then you should consult your doctor asap. Good luck

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Charlie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Braxton hicks perhaps ?? but it is best to get it checked out you can go straight to the hospital , i hope thats all it is , good luck : )

Traci - posted on 07/15/2009

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Like i said earlier, i had the cramping and i went into early labor. i was just entering my 4th month of pregnancy. I didnt have any bleeding or discharge so there was nothing abnormal about it except cramping. Im glad that i didnt wait until my next appt and i went to my ob dr a couple days after it started. If i would have waited i would have delivered a baby at 4 months pregnant... So even if its normal cramping, if it bothers you i would get checked to make sure and to set your mind at ease. Yes cramping is normal i have 2 kids but still there is always that chance like with my second. After i was put on bedrest and spend a month in the hospital i ended up with the normal cramping.

Carrie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Sounds about right...That's about the time I started having that pain. With my first anyway...don't remember it too much with my 2nd. If you're really concerned though, its always worth it to call your OB!

Alba - posted on 07/15/2009

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A little cramping is normal, but if there is discharge or the cramping is too painful, then you need to see your doc. Best of luck!

Juliet - posted on 07/15/2009

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I had the same thing at about 28weeks and want into early labor my placenta detached,and it was horrible so be careful and go see your doctor.

September - posted on 07/15/2009

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Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won't be able to feel them that early. You probably won't start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (Some women don't.) They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.



As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they'll probably remain infrequent, irregular, and essentially painless.



Just wanted to ease your worries if you're having any in regards to Braxton Hicks :)

Traci - posted on 07/15/2009

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i had the same thing happen to me when i was just entering my 4th month and i ended up going into labor. They stopped it before it was to late and i was in the hospital for a month and then i was on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. I wasnt even considered high risk until then. They said it was due to the job i was working. I was doing to much stuff and under to much stress. I thought they were just braxton hicks too because it was my second pregnancy. Im glad i went to the dr in time. I would just ask your dr your concerns and they will check you and monitor you a little. Better safe than have anything happen.

Jennifer - posted on 07/15/2009

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Thanks!:) I do a LOT of reading and I have read up on it since I've been experiencing this discomfort! I have an appt. next Monday so I will definately ask to be sure!

Thanks again! :]

Maxine - posted on 07/15/2009

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Probably, I had a lot of cramping around 5 months, they said "It's your ligaments stretching to make more room for the baby." If they get really bad ask your doctor.

Jacki - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would definitely ask your doc! Another thing it could be is Braxton Hicks contractions, which are supposed to happen and feel like your uterus is getting really tight. If it helps when you change positions, I bet it's Braxton Hicks.

Crystal Aka Niki - posted on 07/15/2009

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you are right I am a mommy of three and your ligaments will start to stretch and it is not fun. But, if you are real worried ask your doctor on the next visit.

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