A 19-year-old female asked:
36 weeks having contractions. some are painful some aren't that bad &' im having back pain &' period like cramps? is this braxton hicks or real labor?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Leanswered
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly: Back pain and contractions are signs of pregnancy but it depends. If you use a watch and time the contractions and if they seem more consistent and closer in time apart then that could be a true sign of labor. I would call your OB/GYN and discuss and other specific symptoms. These symptoms include and vaginal discharge, water, etc.
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Dr. David Krulakanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Contractions: At 36 weeks it is important to follow your doctor's preterm labor precautions. These might include: more than four contractions in one hour (BH or otherwise), vaginal bleeding, an increase or a change in the type of vaginal discharge — if it becomes watery, mucusy, or blood-tinged, more pressure in the pelvic area (a feeling that your baby's pushing down), low back pain, etc. If so, see doctor.
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Last updated Jun 22, 2015
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