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#1 of 7 Old 02-20-2013, 12:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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38 weeks 3 days pregnant with wonderful #3. It's been 12 years since I've been pregnant and I swear I've forgotten what it feels like. Add all the variables of labor and I'm lost! smile.gif     My question today is about some pain I've been experiencing on and off. I can only describe it as a period-like cramping that wraps all the way around to my lower back. It doesn't seem to surge like BH or contractions but rather, just aches all the time.  Baby is at 0 station ( I swear she's even lower)  and I'm 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. I'm wondering if any of you have experienced this menstrual-like cramping before labor.   

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This is how both of my labors began. Good luck mama! :)
 


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Thank you! I didn't have this persistant ache with either of my previous pregnancies and I'm probably being overly cautious because I had an issue with the scar from my 1st preg. c-sect.  By the way,  I'm so happy to be back among all the wondering people in the Mothering community. It's been ages since I've been active in the forums.

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Do post an update if you can, please! I'm curious if it really was labor. (And I'm living vicariously through your maybe-labor excitement.) :)
 


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That was how my labor with DS started as well.  Good luck!
 

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Still pregnant but the cramping is intensifying and I'm thinking cntx are beginning. We're getting alot of snow here in northern WI so I'm hoping the drive to hosp. isn't too bad (sadly, homebirth isn't an option).

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For me, that meant I was in labor!  (My labor contractions felt EXACTLY like menstrual cramps, except they would go away--whereas my menstrual cramps last for hours on end).

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