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tummy cramps

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




I swear I haven't had this problem before. I don't know if it is eating foods that are spicy and/or salty or something I am doing but I have started getting these somewhat dull painful cramps. I don't know if it is baby not liking food, not enough water, or doing too much activity, Anyone else with the same problem? What works?


Michelle - posted on 06/11/2010




I found this article that might help. I do know that dehidration can bring on pre-term labor but not much more (1st time pregnant).


Causes of Cramping During Late Pregnancy

1. Round ligament pain - The infamous round ligament pain strikes pregnant women often in their second and third trimester. As in early pregnancy the uterus continues to stretch and grow. As the uterus expands the ligaments stretch to support it. Mild cramping may occur.

2. Preterm labor - Cramping, mild or severe, diarrhea, and back pain can all be indicators of preterm labor.

3. Braxton Hicks contractions - In the second and third trimester pregnant women will often have Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular intermittent contractions that occur during pregnancy.

4. Labor - During early labor cramping and back pain are common symptoms.

Because normal pregnancy cramps can be hard to differentiate from a sign of danger, we recommend discussing any cramping with your doctor.

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Brenna - posted on 06/27/2010




I am 28 wks and have been having slight cramps on the lower right side.. i have noticed that they only come on after I have been moving & stretching all day. This is my first lil one. I have been hospitalized for dehydration once already and never had any cramps at the time.
I was told that cramping on the right side is normal but cramping on the left is when you need to worry bout possible labor or miscarriage. I havent talked to my doctor about this yet as it just started. Also notice it more when she is really active so thinking it is more from stretching the ligaments then any real problem. the only thing i have tried to relieve them is to lay flat and gently massage the area. As an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) we were taught that massaging the outside of the uterus will relieve some labor pains for the patient so took that into account when this started.. seems to help relieve the pain faster then not doing anything at all. good luck.


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Hazel - posted on 06/29/2010




Well there is one food that I simply cannot eat, and thats chinese! I don't know why as I can eat Indian food fine but if I have so much as a mouthful of chinese food I'm doubled up in agony and in tears.

Other than that I do get the occasional pains, not too sure what they are.... braxton hicks? mmm I don't know as it's my first, I may discuss this with my midwife today. The worst thing I'm suffering with at the moment is back pain (and also pain in my behind - the muscles)... it's absolute agony and just this morning I moved out of bed and pain shot through me leaving me crying and frustrated again!

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2010




Dont know for sure, but maybe its the braxton hicks contractions? I never had them with my first, and haven't had any cramping with this one at all, so I have no idea other than that

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