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8 months pregnant with menstrual like cramping in lower back every 3-5 minutes.. Very painful and uncomfortable. ?

8 months pregnant with menstrual like cramping in lower back every 3-5 minutes.. Very painful and uncomfortable. ?

Labor contractions?: Pregnant women who get regular cramps in the lower abdomen may be having contractions that need to be stopped, unless it is close enough to full-term that the baby can come out (usually 37 weeks or later). So, if cramps come frequently, one must call her doctor and/or go to the Labor and Delivery ward at the hospital to get checked out. This scenario can happen more than once in a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I have been having some dull menstrual like cramps for the past three hours...no blood, but worried - 11 weeks pregnant today...

I have been having some dull menstrual like cramps for the past three hours...no blood, but worried - 11 weeks pregnant today...

OB_GYN: I would suggest calling your OB-GYN. It seems too soon for benign Braxton Hicks contractions; however cramping at 11 weeks requires further evaluation. ...Read more

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I would like to know if it is normal to feel pain about where my ovaries are similar to menstrual cramps during my sixth week of pregnancy?

I would like to know if it is normal to feel pain about where my ovaries are similar to menstrual cramps during my sixth week of pregnancy?

Can be normal: Many women will experience pelvic cramping early in the first trimester. It is important to have an ultrasound confirming the pregnancy is developing in the uterus and not in the fallopian tubes. ...Read more

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I'm 32weeks pregnant and i'm gettin cramps like menstrual cramps and it kinda hurts is that normal.....

I'm 32weeks pregnant and i'm gettin cramps like menstrual cramps and it kinda hurts is that normal.....

No. Get seen. : Having cramps "like menstrual cramps" can mean preterm labor. It can be braxton hicks contractions, which are normal, but shouldn't hurt so much. Call your OB now to discuss if u need to go to ed. Take care. ...Read more

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14 weeks pregnant. Having bad menstrual like cramps. Is that normal?

14 weeks pregnant. Having bad menstrual like cramps. Is that normal?

Can be: So long as you're not having bleeding, likely everything is okay. If you're worried, however, you can make appt with your doctor, maybe have an ultrasound to make sure baby is doing well. Cramping, however, is common in pregnancy. Talk to doctor for definitive answers. ...Read more

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I'm 8weeks pregnant having cramps like my menstrual cycle is going to come what's going on?

I'm 8weeks pregnant having cramps like my menstrual cycle is going to come what's going on?

Can be normal: Cramping in early pregnancy can definitely be normal. If not accompanied by bleeding will likely go away on it's own and it not a threat to the pregnancy. You might try a warm bath or something relaxing. If you're worried you can see your doctor and he/she may perform an ultrasound to check on the baby. Hang in there! ...Read more

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In my 37th week of pregnancy. Last week check up I was 50% effaced, 1 CM dilated. I've been having menstrual like cramping am I going to be early?

Not necessarily: You may be having the cramping as a result of the recent pelvic exam. Some women have a lot of cramping before they actually go into labor and others feel little until they really go into labor. ...Read more

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Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more