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Hi, im 17 weeks pregnant and getting cramp and twinges just above my pelvic bone, is that normal? Thanks

Hi, im 17 weeks pregnant and getting cramp and twinges just above my pelvic bone, is that normal? Thanks

It depends: This can be a normal feeling in pregnancy as long as you do not have any other symptoms and it is minor in intensity. However, if your symptoms become more intense or are associated with any vaginal discharge or bleeding, you need to see your OB/GYN doc ASAP. ...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


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Im 17 weeks pregnant and keep getting little cramps is that not normal or is it just the baby growing?

Im 17 weeks pregnant and keep getting little cramps is that not normal or is it just the baby growing?

Don't know: "cramping can have multiple causes. It can signal premature contractions of the uterus and threatened premature labor and may need immediate attention. It can signal vascular (blood flow) changes and need monitoringor treatment. It can just be normal changes during pregnancy. It is something to discuss with your OB doctor. ...Read more

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
Once
Rate your pain
Once
Tell your gyn what works for your pain
Once
Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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17 weeks pregnant. bright red blood from vagina after straining to have a bowel movement. stopped after a couple wipes. No cramps. Should I go to er?

17 weeks pregnant. bright red blood from vagina after straining to have a bowel movement. stopped after a couple wipes. No cramps. Should I go to er?

See your doc!: If you're sure the bleeding came from the vagina (and not the rectum from a hemorrhoid/fissure) then you should see your doctor, especially if it happens again and/or you develop cramping with it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
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17 weeks pregnant, a lot of cramps and back pain in the lower left, very dizzy and nauseated as well as very weak, i had an UTI and took pills at 12 wks?

17 weeks pregnant, a lot of cramps and back pain in the lower left, very dizzy and nauseated as well as very weak, i had an UTI and took pills at 12 wks?

Go back to doctor: You may have recurrence of UTI or it may have become chronic. Or something else may be going on. In any event the best thing to do is to allow a doctor who knows you well to examine you and test you to insure your health and the welfare of your future great baby. Be well. ...Read more

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I'm 29 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing cramping for the last few hours like menstrual cramps. Is this something to worry about?

I'm 29 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing cramping for the last few hours like menstrual cramps. Is this something to worry about?

Be vigilant: Please Count how frequently these cramps are happening. If these are not slowing down please call your OB, and ask your husband to take you to the ER. ...Read more

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Getting Pregnant with IVF (Checklist)

Get moderate exercise
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I am 38 weeks pregnant. I have been having constant menstrual like cramping for more than 10 hours. I am lying down and drinking water but pain seems to be getting worse. What should I do?

I am 38 weeks pregnant. I have been having constant menstrual like cramping for more than 10 hours. I am lying down and drinking water but pain seems to be getting worse. What should I do?

I would CALL L&D, OB: I am a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Therefore, my patients are high-risk, and i want them to be in touch with their OB or my group in case of questions or to go to labor and delivery if problems. Having cramping for >10 hours could be labor, and monitoring during labor is recommended. Worsening of pain is also a concern, and only evaluation by OB provider can determine what is happening. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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