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I'm 37 weeks pregnant and was 3 cm dialted and 50% effaced about 5 days ago at my doctors appointment. Today I have noticed that I'm having alternating back pain and cramping, it's not getting any worse but seems to be pretty consistant. Do you think this may be the start of labor, I don't want to go in too early.


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replied September 25th, 2012
Labor and Delivery Answer A38979
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. You could be having labor pains. There are some signs of labor which you need to keep an eye on. First of all, there may be lightening or when your baby’s head drops down into the pelvic region. You may find it easier to breathe or you may sense heaviness in your lower abdomen. The other symptoms are increased contractions (come at regular intervals, do not decrease with change in posture and last about 30-70 seconds) and sometimes a bloody show due to passing of the cervical mucus plug. Please do consult an obstetrician for the same. I sincerely hope that helps.


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