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cramping and back pain but my stomachs not tight?

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i am 33weeks pregnant and i woke up and my stomach was really sore and i couldnt lay down and now i have cramping and back pain but my stomachs not tightening what could this be?

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replied April 21st, 2012
Labor and Delivery Answer A34184

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. Your concern is regarding whether cramping and back pain are signs of labor. If you contractions are coming at regular intervals, increased in frequency and intensity and there is no relief of pain even after changing the position of the body, then chances of an early labor are near.

From your symptoms, it does not look like an early labor but can be due to cramps which are common in last trimester of pregnancy.

I would suggest you to contact your gynecologist immediately and get a pelvic examination done to clear the status of the cervix (dilatation and effacement) and the position of the head.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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