pain

When Does Baby Engage

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi I'm 33 weeks this Sunday and this is my first baby so exciting, but this week I have been having pain in my pelvis especially on the left hand side like hes pushing down and the occasional pain which feels like a knife stab pain which can make me stop for a little while but only lasts a few minutes then gone.

Please can you tell me what this is and if its all normal.

Thanks

Single Severe Contraction-like Pain

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
This is my second pregnancy. Last night around 5:30 I had this wicked pain. It was such a bad pain that I was over my chair swaying back and forth waiting for husband to walk in the door and bring me to the hospital. It felt like a contraction but it lasted way to long for it to be a contraction. I thought contractions only last 1-7 minutes, but I guess I can be wrong.

Estrogen Helps Fight Pain

by Colette Bouchez

A woman's tolerance of pain may have more to do with the power of her reproductive hormones than the strength of her muscles.

That's the theory a group of Michigan researchers presented Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.

"Our studies have shown that although pain is influenced by both genetics and brain chemistry, it is clear that gender and hormones also play a role in our individual response to pain," says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, lead researcher and a University of Michigan neuroscientist.

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