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I am just a few days shy of 37 weeks and since last night have been having pretty consistent cramps in my front abdominal area. Read a couple things that could suggest preterm labor, but I don't know if Im ready to accept that!:

Bowels have also been a bit upset- maybe that's it?!! Wondering if anybody around this "time" has been experiencing this! Thanks in advance!
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I'm 36w2d and having cramping and back pain, but it's on and off, and my bowels are still hard as rocks. I'm sure that for me this isn't "it," but who knows if it is or not for you! I am definitely having increased cramping today and yesterday, but I feel a lot better when I rest.

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I wouldn't call 37 weeks "pre term" especially since most consider 36 weeks the safe zone for homebirths. My warm up with DS went on for 2 weeks.

Lately, sometimes I think I'm feeling crampy, but it's just gas
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I also wouldn't call it preterm. It may just be the baby dropping and your gradual effacement/dilation. It was like that with me the last couple of weeks with my dds.

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Thanks! Yeah I guess it would just be called "pre-labor" or whatever. That's all good to know! And that a homebirth is in the clear makes me feel better too.


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It definetly could be pre-labor, and more then likely is. But just to let you know pre-labor can take a long long time. With my first it was 4 days of hard contractions every 2 min apart. Though when it continues on like that they usually call it prodromal labor. This time I've been having pre-labor symptoms and contractions since 32 weeks. I finally found a site (though I didn't save it) which listed the differences between early labor, prodromal labor, and plain old braxton hicks. Basically early labor and prodromal labor are the same, just that early labor doesn't last for days (or weeks) and early labor the contractions won't stop at all. But they both eventually get the cervix to dilate to 4 cm and efface. Where as braxton hicks contractions don't do anything to the cervix. Plus it says the difference between a braxton hicks contraction and a do-something-to-the-cervix contraction, is that a bh contraction the uterus gets instantly hard, where as the other contractions are more of a wave type of contraction (usually first felt in the lower back before spreading to the front, though could also be felt as a very strong menstrual cramp). The real key I guess is that it is more like a wave, then instantly hard.

Every woman I think is different though, and experiences early labor differently. And we are not all textbook cases. Just know that whether or not it is early labor, your baby will come eventually.

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Sounds like prelabor. I have been having contractions every night for weeks now.
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It definetly could be pre-labor, and more then likely is. But just to let you know pre-labor can take a long long time. With my first it was 4 days of hard contractions every 2 min apart. Though when it continues on like that they usually call it prodromal labor. This time I've been having pre-labor symptoms and contractions since 32 weeks. I finally found a site (though I didn't save it) which listed the differences between early labor, prodromal labor, and plain old braxton hicks. Basically early labor and prodromal labor are the same, just that early labor doesn't last for days (or weeks) and early labor the contractions won't stop at all. But they both eventually get the cervix to dilate to 4 cm and efface. Where as braxton hicks contractions don't do anything to the cervix. Plus it says the difference between a braxton hicks contraction and a do-something-to-the-cervix contraction, is that a bh contraction the uterus gets instantly hard, where as the other contractions are more of a wave type of contraction (usually first felt in the lower back before spreading to the front, though could also be felt as a very strong menstrual cramp). The real key I guess is that it is more like a wave, then instantly hard.

Every woman I think is different though, and experiences early labor differently. And we are not all textbook cases. Just know that whether or not it is early labor, your baby will come eventually.
That was uber-useful to know. :

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