Lower backpain and period like cramps, but no contractions...could this be labor?

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




Ive been having a terrible bachache for 2 1/2 days now, it feels like my lower back gets really tight for a few seconds then releases and the pain is gone. Then today its been doing the same thing except im feeling it in my very low abdomen too like a period cramp and back tightening at the same time. But im not noticing my stomach "harden" like they say contractions are. What could this be?


Ashley - posted on 08/12/2010




Everybody's different, but I had those same feelings while I was in labor in the hospital. I kept asking the nurses, and they all said it was back labor. However, my stomach hardened, I just felt the most uncomfortable in my lower back. Could be labor starting up! Good luck!

Tiree - posted on 08/12/2010




It is probably what they call Bracks and Hicks contractions like a false contraction that prepares your body for labour. Goodluck with your birth!

Carly - posted on 08/12/2010




It's likely your body preparing for labour. Alot of women actually are partly dilated before the water breaks/contractions start what have you. I've had the same for the past 3 or so days, it's frustrating. I'm begging my body, please just start it up already!!! But last time I was pregnant I had those symptoms for nearly a month so I'm not too hopeful, lol.

Katherine - posted on 08/12/2010




It certainly could be labor getting ready to start up! Are you due soon? Is the pain regular...like every 10 or 15 mins? Or is it happening closer together? When I was having labor pains I called the hospital when they were about 6-7 minutes apart, they suggested I go for a nice long walk and they figured they would see me soon. I went for a walk, went to the hospital just to get checked and my water broke 10 minutes later. The more active you are the more gravity is on your side...and trust me, you want gravity on your side! Good luck!!

Katie - posted on 08/12/2010




I had constant period and lower back cramps the whole 2 weeks up until I had him, Good luck!! Babies are the most amazing thing :)

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Wynter - posted on 08/12/2010




Yes it could very well be labor!! Try to see if your tummy is tight!! If it is then yes you are more than likely in labor. I had all the same things you are describing with my daughter for 3 days, and then the fourth night my water broke but I didn't get any contractions until 45 minutes after my water broke!!

Ashley - posted on 08/12/2010




It could be labor. I had some of the worst back labor ever! I thought someone was stabbing a knife in my back at times. I could feel my stomache getting hard alot but never hurt in the front, just all in my lower back. And come to find out it was because she was face up not face down. Good luck for labor!

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