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sharp pains below 38wk2days Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 18th '14

I've been having sharp shooting pains below, and what feels like period cramp, lasted around 5-10 minutes altogether not had any more sharp pains but feel like I have period cramp just now.. anyone know what this could be ? xoxo

Double Jeopardy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Seattle, WA, United States 19243 posts
Jan 18th '14

Contractions?

Mad Hatter 1 child; ........, .., United States 17350 posts
Jan 18th '14

Could be contractions. I'd call or go to L&D to be safe.

Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 18th '14

really I thought it would just be baby moving further down his head engaged on Friday, not having anymore cramp like feeling but feels like he's headering me down there 

Zzz Due July 20 (boy); 1 child; fuuuuuuuu, OH, United States 2072 posts
Jan 18th '14

Quoting Katiex:
really I thought it would just be baby moving further down his head engaged on Friday, not having anymore cramp like feeling but feels like he's headering me down there 


Im sure hes just moving down. Dont waste your time with l&d until your contractions are heavy and consistent. Were you dialated at all yet? 

Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 18th '14

Ok x maybe I should wait too see if anymore pains begin, I'm not sure midwife hasn't checked before xx

Zzz Due July 20 (boy); 1 child; fuuuuuuuu, OH, United States 2072 posts
Jan 18th '14

Quoting Katiex:
Ok x maybe I should wait too see if anymore pains begin, I'm not sure midwife hasn't checked before xx


Yeah i would just time them then if they keep coming and see if they intensify. Thats all. Its probably just baby moving down and your body preparing 

Future Mrs. Long Due July 21 (girl); 2 kids; Oklahoma 830 posts
Jan 18th '14

Sounds like braxton hicks.  They come in all different pain levels. I wouldnt worry, and just call your doc on monday. This late in your preg means its jusr

Lagertha TTC since Jan 2016; 2 kids; Brisbane, Australia 3276 posts
Jan 19th '14

I wouldn't bother going in unless it's consistent or the pain is increasing. BH contractions can vary in intensity. I remember when I was around 38 weeks with my DD I was getting a lot of BH contractions and was also concerned that it was labour, but trust me you will KNOW when you're in labour lol! It is a much more intense feeling. But if you're concerned, calling your doctor won't ever hurt!

Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 19th '14

thankyou lasted around 30 min last night and woke up 2 times with leg cramp. Been ok today although feeling lots more pressure down wards. Baby isn't moving as much as he was when he wasn't engaged is this because he's engaged ?

Double Jeopardy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Seattle, WA, United States 19243 posts
Jan 20th '14

Quoting Katiex:
thankyou lasted around 30 min last night and woke up 2 times with leg cramp. Been ok today although feeling lots more pressure down wards. Baby isn't moving as much as he was when he wasn't engaged is this because he's engaged ?


He has a lot less room to move around. As long as he's doing at least 10 kicks in 2 hours, he should still be okay.

Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 20th '14

Just an update still having cramping during cramping receiving a strong tightening pain lasting 40sec-1min and coming back every 1min-2min. Had a light snack, could this just be Braxton hicks ? Still no waters broke or anything.. 

Mad Hatter 1 child; ........, .., United States 17350 posts
Jan 20th '14

Quoting Katiex:
Just an update still having cramping during cramping receiving a strong tightening pain lasting 40sec-1min and coming back every 1min-2min. Had a light snack, could this just be Braxton hicks ? Still no waters broke or anything.. 


Are they consistent?

Katiex 1 child; United Kingdom 101 posts
Jan 20th '14

yes x my Braxton hicks I've had usually come for about 30 min and go away but it's almost 4 hours now x

Mad Hatter 1 child; ........, .., United States 17350 posts
Jan 20th '14

Quoting Katiex:
yes x my Braxton hicks I've had usually come for about 30 min and go away but it's almost 4 hours now x


If they've been coming every couple of minutes for the past 4 hours consistently, you are probably in labor.