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Mentrual Like Cramps and 35 Weeks Pregnant Nadiyah's Mommy Due September 5 (girl); Grand Rapids, Michigan 18 posts
31st Jul '12

I been having menstrual like cramps and I and I am only 35 weeks pregnant. I feel them in my hips and back, but they don't go towards my stomach like contractions or braxton hicks. When I Google it, it say that I am dilating, Is this true?? My baby has also dropped already and has been dropped since I was 7 months. Could I be getting close to going into labor. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and hopefully she tells me I am dilating or something. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!:D

Chiara Leigh TTC since Dec 2013; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Ohio 831 posts
31st Jul '12

Sorry but maybe not. I was told he dropped at my 32 week appt and I have had those cramps since about 30 weeks. I went to my OB last week and wasn't dilated or effaced.

*WishingUponAStar* 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Lawton, Oklahoma 18442 posts
31st Jul '12

Contractions feel like menstral cramps....sometimes REALLY REALLY bad ones. Also contractions can be in your back...it is called back labor. I had back labor and the pain went into my hips and down my legs as well. If they are frequent or constant, I would go in and get checked out. Also lower back pain can be a sign of a kidney stone or placental abruption, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Mommy to Elijah & Adeline Due March 13 (girl); 1 child; Whitman, MA, United States 943 posts
31st Jul '12
Quoting Nadiyah's Mommy:" I been having menstrual like cramps and I and I am only 35 weeks pregnant. I feel them in my hips and ... [snip!] ... into labor. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and hopefully she tells me I am dilating or something. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!:D"

Cramping could mean you're dilated, but it could also not mean you're dilated. When I went in for my 36 weeks appointment I was dilated to 2cm and 50% effaced, but every woman is different. No matter what, cramping is definitely normal this late in the game, but it's no indication that labor is near.

Mommy to Elijah & Adeline Due March 13 (girl); 1 child; Whitman, MA, United States 943 posts
31st Jul '12
Quoting *WishingUponAStar*:" Contractions feel like menstral cramps....sometimes REALLY REALLY bad ones. Also contractions can be ... [snip!] ... out. Also lower back pain can be a sign of a kidney stone or placental abruption, so it is better to be safe than sorry."

THIS too! I forgot about Kidney Stones. Definitely might want to get checked then.

*WishingUponAStar* 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Lawton, Oklahoma 18442 posts
31st Jul '12
Quoting Audra Walker:" THIS too! I forgot about Kidney Stones. Definitely might want to get checked then."


Yea I NEVER had a kidney stone that I knew of until my last pregnancy. Then the damn thing ended up trapping an ecoli infection into my body and I became septic and had to deliver my baby at 28 weeks. Back pain was what made me go into the hospital though. I had no clue I was septic or that I had a fever of 105! It was pretty crazy though, so I doubt OP has to worry about that, but any kidney stone is no fun! lol

BriannaHHebert Due September 4 (boy); 33 kids; Alberta 359 posts
31st Jul '12

im 35 weeks tomorrow and feeling the same way but i dont see my doctor till next week. let me know what ur doctor says tomorrow!!! :)

Nessa! 2 kids; Hebron, Illinois 32 posts
31st Jul '12

Im 35 weeks and have been feeling those cramps for the past couple weeks and when I went into the doc yesterday he checked me and I'm 1 cm, and the baby is head down and low.
But not sure if the cramps has to do with that or not.

Jade Bolton 1 child; Tennessee 18 posts
31st Jul '12

im 35weeks and 2 days i went to my dr appointment yesterday for ultrasound and stuff and my son is head down but laying side ways and im 1 and 1/2 cm dilated and 2 weeks ago i wasn't dilated at all but i started getting those cramps as your talking about in the 2 weeks between dr's appointments so you may be dilating :) good luck to you!

Nadiyah's Mommy Due September 5 (girl); Grand Rapids, Michigan 18 posts
2nd Aug '12

Thanks Mommies for your input and feedback. I went in and she didn't check to see if I was dilated, she checks on my 36 week appointment next Thursday. I kind of want to go to ER just to see If I am dilated.:) But the Princess is All the way face down so I am counting down the weeks till she arrives..Hopefully a week or 2 early. When I did tell my OB about the cramps, she says it could be my round ligaments, i really don't know what those could be. I will be sure to keep everyone posted.

Tabitha Henriquez Due October 6 (girl); United States 1 posts
4th Sep

Im having a similar problem. I went into my doctor on tuesday and told her i was having tightening in my belly. She told me i was 1 cm dialated and 60%effaced.  Since that appointment ive been having really bad cramping. Like period cramps but times 10. I see my doctor again tomorrow to monitor my bp. Im only 35 weeks 3 days and im worried my baby girl will be here before her october 6th due date. Please help! Should i call and go Into hospital now? My doctors office is closed today.