Tips for Pregnancy Cramps at 35 Weeks

Submitted by Nic on January 24, 2012

By the 35th week of pregnancy the woman can get gain as much as 15 kilos of weight. The baby is almost 8 inches long and weighs about 2 kilos. The uterus has risen well above the hip bones and is almost 6 inches higher than the navel. During this week it is normal to experience some discomfort and pain. Women often complain of cramps.

35 weeks pregnant cramping is very common. They are similar to cramps experienced during menstrual pain...


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...These cramps are caused due to contractions of the uterus. In many cases there is a false labor alarm, that is, the contractions give the impression that childbirth is imminent. These contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions.

The 35 weeks pregnant is only an indication that the body is preparing itself for the childbirth about to take place in the next 4 to 5 weeks. However 35 pregnant cramping and back pain and spotting may be a sign that the mother to-be is actually going into early labor. Similarly 35 weeks pregnant cramping and back pain may also indicate the onset of labor. Cramping and diarrhea at 35 weeks pregnant also points towards delivery and so does 35 weeks pregnant cramping and pressure. This is called loose bowel pregnancy.

In such cases, it is essential to contact the mother’s doctor immediately to prepare for a premature delivery. However, there is no reason to panic as the baby is almost ready to be able to go through his first few weeks after birth. He can now suckle and feeding him will not be a problem.

35 weeks pregnant cramping can be eased by appropriate massage, placing a hot water bag, bathing, resting on a birthing ball, walking, swimming, etc

As for cases of 35 weeks pregnant with twins and cramping, the Braxton Hicks contractions are very frequent. More than four contractions an hour require medical attention. 35 week pregnant with twins is very different from 35 weeks pregnancy with a single child. The twin babies at this stage are smaller than the single babies. Moreover they have no more room to grow in the womb. If cramping at this stage is very severe accompanied by back-ache, spotting, diarrhea, etc then it is a sign that the mother is going into a preterm labor.

If the cramping while 35 weeks pregnant is very severe, it must not be ignored. The problem should be reported immediately to the health care provider.

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