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Kayla - posted on 05/07/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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this is my third pregnancy and I can't decide if I'm in early labor or not. with my first two I had perfect pregnancies with no problems and contractions started about 2 days before they were born with both, not bad ones, but where I knew they were there. this time I have had to go to the er because of pelvic pain and I had bleeding in my uterus that they said would go away and as far as I know it did. i'm only 31 weeks and I have started having those early contractions where I know they are there, they feel crampy. could I be in early labor or is it probably just Braxton hicks? I never had those with my other two pregnancies so i'm not sure I know the difference.

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Kayla - posted on 05/14/2013

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Thanks, I called my dr. and they sent me to labor and delivery to be checked. I was still closed and was showing some activity on the contraction monitor but said it was just irritation, not BH and not labor, but an irritated uterus...how does that make any sense at all.

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2013

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I wouldn't always take that advice Jordan. When I had my daughter, my contractions never reached 5 minutes apart until the last 20 minutes of labour......if I'd waited for those rules, my daughter would have been born on the way to the hospital.

Kayla, if you are just feeling crampy, and there is no regularity in it, I would say it is just Braxton Hicks. However, having said that, if you are concerned, you should contact your doctor and get a check up.

Jordan - posted on 05/08/2013

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Also the cramping your feeling could just be your uterus stretching and practicing labor!

Jordan - posted on 05/08/2013

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Hi Kayla,
Although I'm not a mommy yet, and my husband and I are trying, I have done a lot of research and this is what I've found out: Timing your contractions can help you determine if your in early labor. Remember the 511 rule!! Contractions should be strong, consistent and approximately five minutes apart, lasting one minute, for at least one hour. I found this web page that I've been reading and studying for when I finally have little ones. I hope this helps and I hope your little once will wait a little longer!

http://www.fitpregnancy.com/labor-delive...

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