Crampiness

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BokkieNYC's picture
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Crampiness

Is anyone else getting a crampy feeling in the lower section of their belly? Kinda like menstrual cramps?

It doesn't seem to coincide with any of the contractions I've been having but I've had these cramps almost continuously today. I'm trying to figure out if maybe I've been bending down too much today and yesterday and therefore is something I can just mention to the doc on Friday, or if it's something I should call him about today. It's not "OMG" painful but it's there and noticeable and new.

I don't want to call him if I'm just wishing any symptom to be more than it is.

Maddz's picture
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I get crampy all the time. Buy they says it's a sign of labor.

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Those type of cramps were my first contractions with DD. Her birth was a whirl wind but without going into the whole story, I will say that they registered as actual contractions when I was being monitored. They never coincided with the tightening ones I had. I'm having them now too...several times a day for at least an hour. I'd say your body is gearing up even more for labor!! If you notice them forming a pattern, which they can do, I would call the doc even if there isn't tightening. Especially if they increase in pain level.

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Interesting.... I haven't noticed a pattern, they just seem to be there all the time.

I had to take the dog out for an extra long walk today (because she's been ill) and I am now having an increase pressure and rather sharp pains between my legs every time I stand up or walk....

I'm trying so hard not to get excited!

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I find I have the crampiness especially in the middle of the night and in the morning until about lunch time. Also have the sharp pains between the legs once in a while, those just plain suck.

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Have progressed to quite intense (while still not OMG sore) contractions..... Had a warm bath and am lying down now to try and get a time line on them. When I took the dog around the block for her bedtime wee it felt like I was having one huge contraction for 15 min...

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i would try to drink a lot of water and see if you feel better! two or three glasses at least. and rest. you want your little one to stay in there as long as possible!!!

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It's a fine line for me between enough and too much water, and a full bladder brings on contractions.

I did have some water tho and got about an hour's sleep before squishy woke me up, feels like she's having a tantrum in there...

It's 2am here now. Still having intense contractions but nothing regular. Will call the doc later and find out what to do.

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Got back to sleep around 5am, for a couple hours, then had to tale the dog out because DH had some early morning work to oversee. Can't tell if I'm still contracting because the belly just feels permanently bruised. Going back to sleep for a couple more hours and will then see. If nothing changes will just keep an eye on thongs and chat to doc on Fri.

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I feel like I'm having round ligament pains again. I'm thinking it could just be from all the weight of the baby on those muscles. But yours could be ctx. It's hard to say for sure. I hope they calmed down so that you could sleep!

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Def not round ligament pains. I have those every now and then too, but I've been having ctx since at least 27 weeks. Been to L&D twice already because of them. They calmed down after I chose to reduce my activities like taking the dog to the park and doing less walking than I used to.

I eventually got some sleep but still contracting and cramping. Waiting for the doc to call me back.

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I'm glad you decided to call the doc. KUP!

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So the doc sent me to L&D to get checked out.

The cab ride there made the contractions so much worse, in fact while I was waiting to get triaged I couldn't just sit, I had to bend and stretch and move around to make it feel a little better. But then after they got me into a room the monitor only picked up 4 small contractions in the 90 min I was hooked up. I'm sure I felt more than that in that time, although they weren't as strong as previously. I think they put the monitor in the wrong spot, the nurse put it on my belly button this time; previously it was placed above the belly button closer to the fundus and slightly to the right.

They did an internal exam and said that my cervix has softened and is a finger-tip dilated but is still fairly long so they sent me home. Have an appt with the doc on Friday and he'll probably check me again and we'll take it from there.

I have decided not to write my exams on tomorrow & Thurs. I just do not have the emotional reserves left to deal with all of this and I am nowhere near prepared.

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I completely understand where you are coming from! Trying to do school has been extremely challenging. I think I'm going to be taking off next semester.

Well you are definitely getting closer I suppose. But dilation/effacement can change so quickly... some women stay dilated for a long time and other just from nothing to all the way in no time.

I'm so sick of contractions.

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"Maddz" wrote:

I'm so sick of contractions.

I'm right there with you!