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#1 of 12 Old 10-29-2011, 09:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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my doctor says it normal to have menstrual like cramping in lower abdomen and it's not an issue unless there's bleeding. Everything was fine a week ago at 18 week us. Anyone else have them? I don't recall them being so annoying but I guess they can be worse with subsequent and I had a csection.
Anyway, on my way to a warm bath but would love to hear I'm not alone!
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I get them too. Like my uterus is tired after a long day.

 


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I get them sometimes, too.  Mostly if I've been exerting myself too much.  They're never really painful, just kind of achy.


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I get them sometimes, too.  Mostly if I've been exerting myself too much.  They're never really painful, just kind of achy.

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YES, I have too! It started out as just tightening like when I get up out of bed but now it's just random and it sometimes feels like menstrual cramps. This is my 3rd so I assumed it was because of that. It's not because I've done too much or dehydrated...just how my body is acting this time around.


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Just wanted to reply back that since I started drinking my raspberry leaf tea there have been almost no tightening and none that are like menstrual cramps. I forgot how much RRL helps!

 

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YES, I have too! It started out as just tightening like when I get up out of bed but now it's just random and it sometimes feels like menstrual cramps. This is my 3rd so I assumed it was because of that. It's not because I've done too much or dehydrated...just how my body is acting this time around.



 


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Interesting! I thought rrl was for later in pregnancy? I realized mine was mostly due to a badly timed cough/cold. I think it's right when my muscles and ligaments were really starting to stretch I over worked them with my cough. Took me awhile to find the correlation just happened to notice how hard my lower belly muscles get worked when i cough. It's been much better this week.
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I've had them the whole time, off and on.  When the doc asked if they were as strong as menstrual cramps I laughed at her - my menstrual cramps get worse than some women's labor contractions!  (My system is... kinda screwed up.)  For my personal "abdominal pain" scale, they've been mild.

 

 

The weird ones have been when I shift positions in bed, or stand up suddenly.  I swear, it feels like my uterus moves, and every muscle from my ribcage down freaks out and spasms to hold it in place.  It's odd.

 

Oh!  And I've been getting braxton hicks since about 13 weeks, though those don't hurt at all - just another weird sensation I don't know how to put into words (I'm constantly trying to describe the various physical sensations of pregnancy to my dh and brothers, and failing utterly).  They freaked me out at first, but apparently they're normal from about eight weeks on - just too weak for most women to sense them.

 

I don't think I'd be feeling so much if I weren't so... in tune, I suppose, with my abdominal cavity.  I've had health problems my whole life, and have been able to self diagnose things based on placement, degree, and type of pain (which has actually been difficult, as my organs shift the sensations are coming in different spots, and making it hard to know what's going on).

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Yeah why cant all the cramping etc be saved for the end! I'm always pushing the little guyvaround whenever i think I feel anything odd to make sure I get some movement out of him. Feeling the samevsort of cramps this morning. Last night I was sitting kind of awkwardly and little one must not have liked it, I almost got a shocking situation, assuming it was just some big mvementbfrom him but it was kinda freaky!
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You can take RRL at any point, really. The evidence that you shouldn't take it in the first trimester is pretty faulty. It won't start contractions. It works by calming or toning the uterus as needed. I sip on it throughout the day and make sure to get at least two cups in.

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I need to see if I can find some RRL . . . I've had some pretty unpleasant cramps lately. Very similar to menstrual cramps. Walking around tends to bring them on, especially if I hit the market and am hiking all over the place for the perfect potato, lol. The baby seems to feel them, too, because he is always kicking away when they're worst. I'm wondering if it might not be partly his position (he never moves up above the halfway point of my uterus, preferring to hang out down in the pelvic region) that is putting extra pressure on the uterus. Who knows! Glad I'm not the only one, though!

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Glad to know it's not abnormal!  I seem to get mild menstrual like cramps when I'm tired or a little dehydrated.  I have also started getting more "muscle aches" sort of feelings in my lower abdomen; I figured it was from everything stretching out more and more down there...


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