Question by  HippieAshley (58)

What could be the cause of menstrual cramps when you are 33 weeks pregnant?

Could I be in labor if I have menstrual cramps at 33 weeks?


Answer by  phoenix27 (75)

If the cramps are not regular, then no, you're probably not in labour. Your body is practicing for the real thing. These practice contractions are called Braxton-Hicks contractions and usually go away after a short period of time. You'll feel a tightening of the stomache similar to a menstrual cramp. Check with your doctor to be safe.


Answer by  BirdOnAWire (171)

At about this time, the uterus starts 'exercising' so to speak by performing what are known as Braxton-Hicks contractions. They're not as intense as actual labour contractions and do feel like hard menstrual cramps. The round ligaments are also stretching and Baby is turning into position and beginning to drop which can feel like menstrual type back pain.


Answer by  beenthere13 (197)

Cramping while pregnant can indicate preterm labor - especially at 33 weeks along. You should try drinking water to make sure you are not dehydrated and then call the doctor.


Answer by  debmalewski (1085)

It's possible that you could be in labor, but it might also be Braxton-Hicks contractions. Many women experience these contractions while pregnant. Contact your doctor for an exam just to be sure!


Answer by  Jojoblue (468)

I think that you are slowly dilating and the baby is just getting ready for the labor. The baby's head is probably starting to go down and it is putting pressure on you.


Answer by  Annie82 (373)

You might be going into labor a little early, but it's probably what's called Braxton Hicks, which are contractions that occur before true labor. They're uncomfortable but aren't painful. Labor contractions get closer together and more intense but these do not. Best to call your doctor.


Answer by  stonie20 (15)

What would be the cause it it is probably somethign called called Braxton Hick contracts You can get them any time you go into labor but most women get them toward the end of thier pregnancy. It will feel like thier having bad bad crmaps but thier really having contractions.

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