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Old 08-20-08, 08:36 PM
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Default Constant cramping at 40.5 weeks pregnant??

I am 40.5 weeks pregnant and occasionally had some cramping in my mid/ lower abdomen. Today I have had pretty painful cramping and it is going on 5 hours now. Sometimes it gets more intense, but mainly the pain is just a constant feeling. It is not unbearable. At times my belly gets really hard, and other times it feels normal (but the pain is still there).

What is this? It is my first pregnancy and I am not sure if the cramps are braxton-hicks, irritable uterus, or something else?

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Old 08-20-08, 09:51 PM
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They're contractions.

I know it's not what your dr, or your books, or the Internet describes as contractions, but I have a pretty good source.... myself!

I was walking around up to 5cm dialated with my 1st pg and 4cm dialated with my second because I wasn't having the "contractions" where I couldn't walk every so many minutes etc.
I was also put on bedrest with my first because of the constant cramping.
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If it keeps up overnight, go in to the hospital to be checked. (Or wherever you're having the baby)
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My mom was cramping all day and she was actually in labor with me. Good Luck!
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sounds like the start of labor to me.
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