I have mild cramps at 22 weeks, cramps that you get before your period normaly starts, not really bad but just there. I dont know how normal this is, my gyn said there would be some pain with streaching stomach muscles but how can I tell the difference?
I didn't go into labour naturally with ds but had lots of braxon hicks contrations which feel like a tightening all through your uterus. They sometimes begin like period cramps but not usually.
The labour pains I felt, although not pre-term so I am not sure if they are different were a much stronger version of these and moved across my abdomin and down to my pelvis. Often pre-term labour involves back pain as well.
I would guess that you are having stretching pains and maybe some bh contractions (mine started as early as 13 weeks with this one and are now very noticeable firm contractions and I am only 28 weeks...some people never experience them).
You should go to the doctor. Cramping can be signs of anything. Just think about when they started. Something you could have done probably triggered it. I am 17 weeks prego and I start cramping after intercourse. That's one cramping, it's just like the mild cramping I would get as if I were to start my period. Another, earlier this week I was having back cramps that came out front a little. I went to labor and delivery only to be told that I was dehydrated and that I need to drink more water. Being dehydrated can cause you uetrus (spelling, sorry in hurry) to contract. Cramping can also be a sign of the begining stages of a miscarriage. So if I were you I would start timing the cramps and if you notice that it isn't going away go see your doctor ASAP. Some women may think it's nothing and brush it off. But in time you will know all the little pains. I only say this cause this is my second pregnancy and you will get to know your body better at this sensative time
I think that depends on how bad your cramps are. It is very normal to have aches and pains and cramps. When I was at your stage (6 weeks ago) it was about the time my uterus stretched above my belly button and it hurt and I was so uncomfortable, especially at night. After about 3 weeks my aches went away for a few weeks and now they are back.
I think a lot of women just don't reveal their discomfort...we wouldn't want to be thought of as whiners or wimps right!!! LOL. Personally that is why I like this site so much, I can vent and find out what others are going through but not have to say much to anyone about it.
I would say that what you are experiencing is very normal and probably just what most women are going through. You'll get used to it in time...until the next ache comes along!!!