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What are the causes of period like cramps in late pregnancy?

What are the causes of period like cramps in late pregnancy?

Uterine contractions: Contractions occur infrequently in pregnancy, but get more frequent and stronger as pregnancy goes on. They are a "practice" for labor, when the contractions become regular (every 5 minutes or so) and increasingly strong. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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37 weeks pregnant and having period like cramping and loose stools. This is my 3rd pregnancy?

37 weeks pregnant and having period like cramping and loose stools.  This is my 3rd pregnancy?

Go to Hospital: When you are having loose stools and cramping in pregnancy, it is important to make sure that your baby is Ok and that you are not dilating. Watch for baby movements and go right away to the hospital birthing center. All will be well. It is better to be safe. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea common in late pregnancy?

Is diarrhea common in late pregnancy?

NO: No more common than for non-preganant. However, late in pregnancy, if carrying low, stools may need to be excessively soft to get past the babies head and this may be interpreted as diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can a lack of sleep in late pregnancy cause nausea and diarrhea?

Yes: Definitely stress can cause nausea and even diarrhea. If you aren't getting any sleep than likely your body is under stress. Best is to try and figure out what you can do in order to relax and get a good nights sleep. A warm bath in the evening can help. Massage and other relaxation techniques. Good luck pregnancy is hard sometimes. ...Read more

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Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Mucous plug?: Many patients will describe their mucous plug as jelly like. Many times you will loose your before contractions start, but you can't predict labor based on it. ...Read more

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Is it alright to watch/ listen to fireworks during late pregnancy ?

Yes: Imagine if you were in a swimming pool and there were fireworks in the sky above you. The decibel level wouldn't harmful in the least :-) have fun and hope you have a great delivery! ...Read more

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How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

Rest: Slow and steady wins the race. Muscle strain related to mechanical adjustments of the pregnancy can be exacerbated by activities such as heavy lifting, quick movements, etc... ...Read more

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Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy? How about mid and late pregnancy?

Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy?  How about mid and late pregnancy?

Yes: There's no medical evidence to suggest that sex during pregnancy does any harm to the baby. Your baby is well cushioned by a sac of fluid well beyond the neck of the womb (cervix). A loving physical relationship is important for your wellbeing, and your partner's as well, during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is evening primrose oil safe to use during late pregnancy to soften the cervix?

Is evening primrose oil safe to use during late pregnancy to soften the cervix?

With caution: Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandin-6 and linoleum acid and other prostaglandin derivatives. It can interfere with the action of several drugs and is found in breast milk. You should check with your OB before using. ...Read more

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Is severely itchy skin, especially hands and feet during the night with no rash a normal sign in late pregnancy?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Period 7days late, stomach cramps, diarrhea and negative pregnancy test, what is going on?

Period 7days late, stomach cramps, diarrhea and negative pregnancy test, what is going on?

Menses irregular: Menstrual irregularities can occur due to numerous things that alter hormonal balances, such as GI infection for one. If your period is only 7 days late you may want to recheck the home pregnancy test 2 weeks after the late period. ...Read more

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I am experiencing diarrhea, abdominal cramps and am 7 days late for my period. I have had 2 negative pregnancy tests. What's going on?

I am experiencing diarrhea, abdominal cramps and am 7 days late for my period. I have had 2 negative pregnancy tests. What's going on?

Not sure: Reasons for missed /late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight gain or loss, over-exercise such as in endurance athletes, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, medications (i.e., birth control) or med problem (polycystic ovary syndrome or Asherman’s syndrome. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is dull back pain, slight abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea and brown speckled, but chunky discharge during early pregnancy normal?

No: These are symptoms that should prompt an er visit or an emergency call to your ob-gyn. Taken indivudually, they can be considered part of the discomforts of pregnancy, but when they happen together as it sounds like it is going on now, they may be symptoms of possible miscarriage. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more