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I began having mild period-like cramps last Sunday and they have continued to progressively get worse over the last week. A few times today I caught myself breathing through them. I feel them both in my lower back and pelvic area.<br><br>
On Friday, after a 10-hour day of work, I had a tightening sensation at the top of my uterus every 3-5 minutes for a few hours. It went away as soon as I got home, drank a bunch of water, and rested.<br><br>
I mentioned the cramps to my midwife at my 36 week appointment last Monday and she said it's just my body getting ready. I don't have another appointment until June 3rd. Just wondering if baby will come before then?!<br><br>
As this is my first baby, I'm wondering for how long this feeling lasted for you? My Mom thinks she only felt this was the day or so before I was born.<br><br>
Getting excited, but would like to keep baby in for at least one more week!
 

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DDCC from July (though I know now that babe is coming in June, so not really "crashing," I suppose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )<br><br>
My doctors have all told me that period-like cramps are contractions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> It does sound like your body is getting ready! This is my first baby, too, so no valuable words of wisdom for you (sorry). Just wanted to say that it sounds like you're having contractions! I've felt contractions like that for about 6 weeks now (I'm ~34 weeks), mostly when I haven't had enough water or am exhausted. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that your little one will hang in there until your next appointment at least, but if your contractions are like mine, they'll just come and go like your midwife said. You're so close though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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With dd #2 that was how my prodomal labor was. It started when she dropped and engaged. We were all sure (including the mw's) that she would come by 36 weeks. Little booger hung around til her edd lol. And my prodomal labor just started last week with this one. I have been having ctx every 15 mins apart for 3 days in a row now and still no baby! So for me, it's not a sign. But everyone's body is different.<br><br>
Also, did your mw check your urine? UTI's and kidney infections can cause early labor/contractions like this as well!
 

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I have had those period-like cramps too. My midwife told me that it's just my body preparing itself but not necessarily a sign of labor. Since this is my second I know for sure that they are not contractions (at least for me). You will know when you have contractions - trust me!!! But it sounds like dehydration may have made them more active / worse so probably keeping up on your water intake is a good idea.<br>
Good luck!
 

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I've been having the period like cramps for a few weeks. This weekend they woke me and I was actually having them every 6 mins. for about two hours. My midwife has said it's my body getting ready and also helps to thin the cervix.<br><br>
But the tightening you described up high in you uterus, after a long day, that went away after drinking water sounds a lot like BH contractions - which get worse with dehydration.
 

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With DD I started having cramping/ctx at 37 weeks on the dot. I was induced at 42 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hope that's not the case for you! Everyone kept telling me it would be any day so it was a long, stressful 5 weeks. I wish someone had told me it might not mean anything...
 

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I've been having mild period-like cramps in my lower uterus for a few weeks now, that come and go and have gotten progressively worse. My student midwife was a bit concerned at first (though she didn't mention specifically that it was probably contractions) and reminded me not to have my baby for a few more weeks. Now at term I am excited when I feel the pain!<br>
I have been having a different kind of contraction lately more and more and it's been waking me up even from the discomfort and occasional pain- it seems to be more on the top of my uterus and not my whole belly firming up. With the BH I've had since 20ish weeks my WHOLE belly would become firm, but these I can feel mostly at the top and if I press into the blubber on the sides and bottom I can feel an oblong shape which I guess is the uterus. I think these are the contractions that are lowering the baby and pushing my uterus downwards. They def feel more uncomfortable in how firm they are and how they push on my ribs and the (sometimes) accompanying pain in my lower abdomen.
 

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For some women, they may feel like that on and off for weeks, some not until right before they go into active labor. You won't know how you are until it is all said and done.<br>
Me? I will get a few little episodes here and there, lengthening in frequency and duration the closer I get to my due date. Twice in 8 full term pregnancies did it become intense/frequent enough that I was timing them and contemplating going to the hospital First time was my first baby and they kept me up all night at 4 minutes apart but petered out at dawn and I was induced at 42+. Second time was baby #6, kept me up all night. I went to see my midwife in the morning and was 3-4cm/80% but not in active labor. We ended up breaking my water late that day and he was born a few hours later.
 

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<p>Just another sign that your body is, in fact, getting ready for the big day. Don't be surprised if they keep happening from now until the day you deliver. It doesn't necessarily mean that you'll have the baby tomorrow though so don't get too excited..lol. They might even get a little stronger from time to time. What I find that helps is drinking water and taking it easy for a bit, especially if they're the painful ones. You'll def. know when they're the REAL thing. Just pay close attention to the feeling you get with each one and it should make it a whole lot easier to tell the difference when they do start coming on.</p>
 

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I've been feeling a little bit crampy on and off the past week or so, though it's not contraction-like when it happens. Just a constant dull pain. I'm not quite 35 weeks, so I'm definitely NOT looking for signs of labor just yet!
 

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Cramping and contraction-like feelings are gone now, but I've noticed that the baby has really moved further down. His movements feel much more constricted and I feel a lot down low. The 3-4 inches below my ribs is back to being squishy now as well. Also, trips to the bathroom have almost doubled!<br><br>
Thinking what I was feeling was the baby moving down and my body adjusting.
 

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Just wanted to chime in with another "me too." I don't know that he's dropped though. Still feeling feet up my the ribs and I think a butt on the upper right side. But I'm getting occasional cramping feelings. I'm 36w/3d.
 
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