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Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?
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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Yes
There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin.
Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration.

In brief: Yes
There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin.
Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration.
Dr. Amy Herold
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
Episodic uterine cramps and contractions are normal in the third trimester. If you are contracting more than 3 or 4 times an hour for more than one hour before 34 weeks, you should go to l&d.
After 34 weeks you can wait until contractions are closer (10 minutes or less) for a couple hours.

In brief: Yes
Episodic uterine cramps and contractions are normal in the third trimester. If you are contracting more than 3 or 4 times an hour for more than one hour before 34 weeks, you should go to l&d.
After 34 weeks you can wait until contractions are closer (10 minutes or less) for a couple hours.
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