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Old 02-16-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

Has anyone experienced constant menstrual type cramps right before labor starts? For the last 3 hours or so I've had constant cramps. I am 38 weeks today, 1cm dilated and 75% effaced as of my appointment this afternoon with my midwife.

Just curious if any of you been there done that Mommas has experienced this right before your labor started!

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

What was your last labor like mama? I always had cramping after an internal.

But then again...the cramping you feel may mean you are in labor now
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:40 PM   #3
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

My last labor, I don't remember having these cramps beforehand. I had the cramps about an hour before my appointment. I told her I had them, she said it may be a sign of things to come but did not know for sure.
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

With my last, I had mentrual type cramps for about 3 hours, then BAM! was on the floor. She was born 1 hour 20 minutes later. I had had the cramps 2 times before in the previous weeks and each time I had dialated more.
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

Late lastnight they finally stopped but not before getting even more uncomfortable. I'll be keeping a close eye on this.

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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

with my ds, thats actually how I would describe my contractions "menstrual cramps"! You could be having contractions!
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

After the 5th month with my daughter I had zero cramps until I went unto labor. Now with my son, I had contractions every day almost from 30 weeks until my scheduled c-section at 39 weeks 2 days. At 30 weeks they did give me a muscle relaxer to ease them but the contractions weren't causing changes in my cervix so they weren't too worried. I think it was just his position and the fact that he was 9 lbs 4 oz, and my placenta was 5 lbs...so alot of baby related stuff jammed in there LOL

I wouldn't describe my contracts as menstrual cramps, for me they were like diarrhea cramps LOL
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

I had menstrual type cramps the entire day before I went into labour with ds. They weren't super bad, just mild cramping.
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

The early part of my very short (4.5hr) labor felt like menstrual cramps. It felt that way up until my water broke.
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Re: Constant menstrual type cramps before labor?

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I had menstrual type cramps the entire day before I went into labour with ds. They weren't super bad, just mild cramping.
Yep me too!!
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