Contractions vs period cramps

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She said everything seemed fine so I was content. I woke up this morning with cramps. Period cramps so it's consistent pain. Everyone says contractions are on and off so I assume it's not preterm labor or anything. I don't want to be a hypochondriac and call the dr over normal cramps. I just haven't had cramps at all this pregnancy and then I get them after yesterday. :( I'm still feeling baby kick like normal so I don't know!
Can you feel contractions in your back????
Before I got pregnant my period cramps were really intense. They were to the point I am in a fetal position in tears. And my bh contractions are almost to that point. They are in my lower back and my lower stomach. They stop me in my tracks. My tummy gets hard. And it lasts like 3 min. Where as actual contractions I was told that they are more frequent then that and they hurt worse. But there are those people who don't get the painful ones.
Was anyone crampy before they started full on contractions? They are very low cramps and feel like my period is about to start. They only thing I have to go on is the m/c I had last year. I did cramp with that very very badly which turned into contractions. I don't know if this is different though...?
Ya, if ur having real contractions ur in labor. And there's many different things people believe make u dilate...some people say its the pressure of the babies head and some say it's Oxitocin being released that causes u 2 dilate or nothing rlly causes it except ur body preparing 4 birth.
the early cramps you get like at 34+ weeks feel like menstrual cramps but last time i checked you dont generally have a hard time focusing on breathing when you experience menstrual cramps.. the thing with labor contractions is that you get a break in between.. which really helps to get through them.. of course some people are not as lucky and have contractions that last 1 min 30 seconds and come every 2 minutes a part so really there break is 30 seconds.
In my experience, bh are a tightening, and are uncomfortable but not necessarily painful. Contractions are more like bad period cramps. But im a ftm and have only had contractions a few times, they started at 37 weeks im now almost 39.
Ive never felt braxton hicks before but I'm having really uncomfortable pains, I'm 31wks+6d, its like strong period cramps in my back then travels to the front. I can't tell if my stomach gets harder but my boyfriend says it does. Ive been having them for a little longer than 20mins now nd they come every 2-5 mins. Does this sound like braxton hicks, or should I be worried?
Its not excruciating pain so im not that worried its just bothersome...ive had worse period cramps then this. the tightening just makes my cheeks flush and i dont feel so good. also, i was wondering...if the baby is breech would i be feeling some kicks really down low ..like below underwear line low? (idk if he is breech ive just been getting some low blows....
I didn't know what the contractions felt like until I actually had them the day I went into labor. Some women describe them as period like cramps that get stronger and worse. I've never had period cramps so that didn't help. It started out feeling like pressure in my vagina - I honestly kept feeling like I had to pee but you can only pee so much! It progressed into feeling like someone was pushing outwards from the inside of my vagina. Then the contractions got longer and actually painful.
I have had three kids I'm pregnant with my fourth I had all three of my kids with no epidural With my first they gave me a shot of demeral in my butt haha it's supposed to take the edge off it didn't really do anything it lasted about 30 mins And with my others to I had no drugs at all the labours were painful of coarse but all my labours were very quick!
I agree with jrd325 - feels more like contractions than menstral cramps. At 40 my options for birth control are getting fewer, I sure hope these cramps go away. Anyone had bad cramps for several weeks after???
SO I MADE 35 WEEKS YESTERDAY AND I ALSO WENT TO MY WEEKLY ULTRASOUND VIST/TESTING AND THEY TOLD ME I HAD THREE CONTRACTIONS.. TODAY I HAVVE BEEN HAVVING LIGHT CRAMPS LIKE MY PERIOD IS ABOUT TO START & I HAVVE NOTICED MY STOMACH HARDING FOR LIKE A MIN THEN REALXING EVVERY OTHER 30 MINS... SHOULD I BE WORRIED??
The pills give you severe pain(so I was told) they work by making you have cramps or contractions. This option is sometimes chosen over the d and c due to the risks involved with the procedure. Only you can make the choice in the end though.
I have a question about BH vs cramping and when to call the ob. I'm trying to make it one whole month without having to go in between appointments. I know it's silly, but seriously I feel like such a nerd calling and going in all the time. So here is the deal. Friday I had BH all day then they let up Saturday morning. Since then I've been really crampy. Like period crampy off and on, but not having the BH. Question is should I call or not?
well 28 days from my last bleed on Thursday the 3rd August 2006 i had another bleed again with period cramps and am still passing dark blood today (7th August) again I went back to my doctor and was told that he couldn't explain it either and said oh well don't worry about it.. I went bonkers at him and told him that I was worried about it and I had a hysterectomy so I wouldn't bleed anymore. Asked him to examine me, He tried, but was unable to do so properly because of the amount of bleeding.
my first IVF attemp failed and I am now on day 11 of FET. Ihace had the cramps and felt like period coming...Praise God no period yet. This is like the longest two weeks wait of my life. Will test on Tuesday Sept. 23. CANT WAIT! Praying for everyone. It will surely be a miracle.
Lots of baby dust to you all. Cramps don't mean yes or No. I had cramps and mine did not work while my aunt had no cramps and hers worked...Goodluck to you all.. Bajan Girl how was the ultrasound?
This post is heaven sent. I am dealing with the same thing. I miscarried at 8 weeks; 6 weeks ago our first pregnancy. My period is really kicking my ***. I feel like it is the miscarriage all over again, clots, pain, extremely heavy flow. This first period almost feels like closure for us. The waiting truly is the hardest part. I feel all your pain, and send all my love and good thoughts for strong recovery. Bless you all!
I was just reading about endometriosis the other day and I found that it is known to cause painful periods, digestive problems including gas (if it is intestinal endometriosis, where cells of the uteran lining begin to migrate to areas of the GI tract), dizziness and clumsiness around the time of your period, severe cramps, bloating, etc. and roughly 10 percent of women have it! That's a lot... Here are some links: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289 http://www.
A lot of women describe real contractions as starting like mild period cramps.... during this period of time your whole uterus tightens up. I've heard from some women that they couldn't tell when their uterus tightened up, they just had pain. I however have had contractions and to me it feels like my whole stomach hardens and gets tight. If it's a BH contraction you won't feel any pain with it. Although sometimes you will have pain with it and it's still not active labor.
Pelvic pressure, period like cramps below my tailbone and my front pelvic. Plus swelling up pretty bad n my feet area.
How do you know when your having braxton hick contractions vs real contractions
I ended up bleeding for six weeks after my c-section with Elijah, I don't know if having a c-section vs vaginal birth causes PP bleeding to be any different, but I have read women stopping and starting and it lasting 4-6 weeks on and off. That is a really good question, I have no clue if you can ovulate so soon after birth...I know they say you're highly fertile...it would kinda make sense, DH and his sister are 11 months apart...
Contractions, BH or otherwise, are often felt in the back. Your abdomen will still harden if you are having any kind of contraction, even if you only feel the pain in the back. That's one way to tell if it is just back pain, vs contraction pain that is felt in the back. Palpate your abdomen during the back pain to see if your uterus is contracting. If it's just plain back pain, you won't notice a hardening of the uterus.
Before this present pregnancy I thought for sure that I was pregnant a couple months prior. I was really emotional and I was getting mild mestrual cramps with no period which was my first pregnancy symptom this time around. I am a very active person and was exercising almost everyday. One day I had these cramps and just thought that my period was finally coming (days late) and so since being active helps these cramps I started to skip rope and do crunchies and stuff like that at home.
I was planning on cutting down heavily but started getting wicked withdrawal headaches so I had to quit completely. My bigger concern was about cramps/contractions. I couldn't have caffeine at all during my period or I'll be crying in pain from the cramps!
As far as cramping, I've had mild cramps off and on, occasionally a twinge that actually catches my attention but it's generally short lived and not worth taking painkillers for (not that I have a problem with them, Ibuprofen is my friend, lol). I do tend to have more in the way of back pain vs cramps in my normal period. There's been back aches off and on since about 6 weeks or so (when they first told me the baby wasn't growing properly). Some days they're worse, some days nothing.
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