Post # 1
So I’ve been feeling cramps all day today. It’s nothing serious; it just feels like PMS or period cramps. I thought maybe I am really feeling Braxton Hicks contractions, but everything I’ve read said those just feel like stomach tightening/hardening, not cramps. I also thought it might be round ligament pain, but my baby books say that goes away by the second trimester (and I haven’t felt it at all until today @ 24 weeks).
My husband is seriously freaking out, though! At my last appointment, the doctor made a point about asking several times whether I had been experiencing cramps/bleeding/leaking fluids, so I think that is on his mind. I told my husband I would ask the doctor when she calls with our ultrasound results tomorrow, but he is still worried. 🙂 Help ease my husband’s worried mind, hive!
Post # 3
I did a couple searches and everything that I am reading says that you should call your doctor.
The way I understand it cramping early on can be normal from your uterus growing but I’m not sure at exactly what point that should be over.
If it was me I would just call. They should have someone available to answer your questions.
Post # 4
I just saw my physician a few weeks ago and he told me that I might be feeling cramps from round ligament pain. I was 22 weeks at that time. I was just told to drink lots of water. I would try that, and if they still don’t go away, call in and ask. It never hurts to be cautious.
Post # 5
I recently talked to my midwife about the signs of preterm labor and she did mention cramps, but usually it is combined with braxton hicks, (which I get all the time… so annoying) weird pressure, leaking etc. It might not be a bad idea to call the doc, just to put you and your hubby’s minds at ease. It might also help to take a warm bath, drink tons of water and lay down as well.
Post # 6
It could be normal cramping, but I think it would be wise to call your doctor, or whoever is on-call in their practice and ask about it. They might want to do a quick physical exam just to be careful.
Post # 7
I don’t know anything about this but I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 8
Sorry in advance for this, but are you sure you aren’t constipated? Gas pains are easily mistaken for cramps. Try taking some Gas-X. You should also take a stool softener and try to make a Bridesmaid or Best Man (not bridesmaid, hint hint). You may feel better after that. Often as you get farther along your baby will pinch off your intestines and make it VERY uncomfortable for you. Your best bet is to try to stay regular.
My other thought would be that BH contractions are painless and your belly gets REALLY rigid. You can actually feel your uterus, it’s a hard tight ball. If it’s not BH, then your belly will be squishy.
If you don’t want to go see a doctor, you could also try drinking two 16oz glasses of warm water and laying all the way down on your left side. It will decrease your pulse and increase blood flow. It may help.
Lastly, yes cramping can be a sign of preterm labor. If your doctor wants you to come in, go ahead in. Although usually you’d have other symptoms too, not just cramps (pain, unusual discharge, decreasing contractions, etc).
Post # 9
Thanks, guys! I called my doctor last night, and she said basically the same things you did (i.e. it was good to call in, drink some water, lay down for a while, and if it doesn’t get better over the weekend, to come in on Monday morning). I haven’t felt anything this morning, though, so I think I’m doing ok!
Post # 10
I had some cramping too in my pregnancy around that time. If its enough cramping to make you want to take tylonal then YES CALL YOUR DOCTOR! If its just mild, almost like your period is getting ready to start then you are fine. Mild cramping is very noraml. And yes contractions feel NOTHING like period cramps. I have no idea why anyone thinks that. If its braxton hicks then your stomach, all around will get as hard as your forehead.
If your really worried go ahead and call your doctor. Your not a doctor and they get paid to tell you exactly whats going on with your body!
Post # 11
Glad that everything is ok Mrs Spring! Isn’t pregnancy great?
Post # 12
@Mrs. Spring – I am glad you called your doctor to get some clarification. Many are glad to help and calm the nerves.
While I was following this thread, I was thinking the same thing MightySapphire had posted because I went through a period of major cramps and on top of that back pain. Here it was all due to constipation. I did as my doctor mentioned (eat 2 prunes a day or eat fibrous foods like apples/plums/pears) and it went away. All of the pain disappeared.
I also second the drinking water. You may not realize it but you could be dehydrated and it is very easy to be while preggie. Drinking more water helps to relieve cramping and I hear it works great with Braxton Hicks cramping as well.
Good luck and keep us posted!