Are these normal pains or should I go to the hospital?

Sauria - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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For the last couple of days I have been having sharp pain in my back mostly but sometimes in my sides and stomach as well. There is no timing them cause sometimes they last a few minutes others a few seconds and they can have a few seconds, minutes, or even hours between them. This is my first time being pregnant so I'm unsure if they are contractions or not.

BTW- I am 31 weeks and 5 days

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Ehernandez - posted on 03/24/2013

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I am 6 weeks pregnant and im having severe stomach pain and like pinching is this normal? This is my third pregnancy and ive never experience something like this.

Kate - posted on 06/16/2010

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I just went through the same thing at 33 weeks! I was having sharp pains in my sides, belly and back and my doctor advised me to go to the hospital. It's better to be safe then sorry and your doctor can advise you accordingly. There is nothing wrong with being a concerned mama.This is my first pregnancy too so I call my doctor for everything that concerns me and they are very supportive of that. It's no worth the risk of not calling : ) Best of luck

Shannon - posted on 10/24/2015

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have severe pains in my tummy .. I also have bad nausea and vomiting . I was just seen in the er 2 days ago and was put on dicelectin so I could keep food and liquids down , but nothing has changed .. I'm still so sick and in so much pain .. This is my 4th baby and I had nothing like this with previous pregnancy.. I feel like I'm loosing it here!! As I'm not sleeping is this normal or should I be concerned..???

Sarah - posted on 06/13/2010

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Hi Sauria,

I would agree with Haley. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pregnancy. If anything bothers you or worries you at all then speak to your doctor/midwife or hospital.
It could be Braxton Hicks (your body's practice run for labour) but this is normally uncomfortable rather than painful so i would speak to someone in the medical profession just to put your mind at ease.

Let us know how you get on xx

Christina - posted on 06/14/2010

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I understand exactly what you're going through! I'm 32 weeks and 5 days and I had this EXACT conversation with my doctor today. It's a lot of stretching plus about this time in our pregnancies we start releasing the relaxin hormone so our hips start to widen and our posture has really changed a lot over the past couple of weeks causing the back pain. My back pain has been so bad in the past couple of months of my pregnancy that my doctor actually sent me to a chiropractor! Believe it or not, it's actually helped me a lot and they say it can actually help prepare my body even more for labor. It maybe something to ask about at your next appointment if you find that nothing really helps the back pain. Just being readjusted has really helped ease mine.

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Ciera - posted on 06/15/2010

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is there a tightening? with contractions you will feel tightening in your back, sides and/or stomach. Somtimes though it may be slight compared to the cramps. maybe check with your doctor just to make sure. if they are irregular, then you have no problems but if they become regular (consistent AND close) it is definitely beneficial to know for sure. It could be the cause of an infection. When I had my twins last year, I had 2 infection-induced labors and that is how they were. EXTREMELY severe and sharp pains in my back and sides. (not so much in my stomach) but they admitted me due to the risks of preterm labor that having twins already comes with. They gave me antibiotics and the contractions almost immediately subsided. I was able to keep them in for another 2 weeks. Infections are dangerous because they cause preterm labor. It's always best to check with your doctor rather than risk it. GL!

Tina - posted on 06/14/2010

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we have tons of aches and pains especially during the last weeks of our pregnancy, what you are describing sounds like it could be the normal stretching and growing pains. Definitely call your doctor if you are concerned, its their job to put you at ease when need be. When I went into labor with my first two kids it was very distinctive pains and I knew right away... my contractions were very steady and easily timed. Braxton hicks usually aren't terribly painful, but they can be still.

Everyone is different though. So like I said, if you are concerned don't hesitate to call your doc, that's why he/she is your doc.

good luck

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