A few weeks ago I got a bladder infection and didn't realize until it turned into a full blown kidney infection.
I went to the doctor because I started feeling severe back pain- severe enough to keep me crying all night and it wouldn't go away no matter what. Over the next week, I had another spell of back pain and then a continuous lower abdominal cramp. I had- and still have- menstrual like cramps occuring about 5 times a day.
I went to the doctor on November 4th and they took a fetal fibronectin test and prescribed me antibiotics for a bladder infection. They put me on "take it easy" rest until the results came back and told me that if it was negative I could return to normal daily activities. I got a call two days later that the results were negative.

I am still having lower abdominal cramping and menstrual-like cramps. I have been taking my antibiotics but I fear the infection put me in or near preterm labor. When the nurse checked my cervix, she said it was thick and closed but I don't think it's normal to be in this much pain if nothing is wrong. I am concerned about the health of my baby boy and don't know if I should insist they do another test or not. Is it possible, even with a negative result, a closed cervix, and no bloody show, that I could be experiencing the onset of preterm labor????
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replied November 7th, 2008
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I have been having a clear slimy discharge that is remniscent of the consistency of the snot that comes out with a "runny nose". None of it is yellow tinged or thick, but my entire pregnancy I've been having that "elmers glue" discharge until now. While my boyfriend likes the new stuff, I'm worried that a change in discharge could be an indication of preterm labor. All advice would help tremendously!
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replied November 7th, 2008
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If you're concerned about the pains you're feeling possibly being contractions, time them. Real contractions come at regular intervals. If you have more than 5 contractions within an hour, call your doctor.

If your cervix is closed, you're probably not in early labor. It's very possible that the cramps you're feeling are Braxton Hicks contractions. Sometimes they can be painful. They are normal and healthy - it's your uterus's way of preparing for the big event. Think of it as your uterus working out. Again, if you're concerned with the cramps, try timing them. And let your doctor know about your pains at your next appointment.

Good luck!
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replied January 10th, 2009
a similar thing happened to me when i was about 23 weeks i started to feel this pain in my upper back a few days before and then i wook up 1 day and my stomach started to hurt it felt like my insides were being squeezed and then released over and over that continued all day but i had no idea that they were actully contractions until i went to the bathroom becaue i felt this pressure down there and my water broke and i started to bleed i told my husband and he rushed me to the hospital and there they told me that i was dialatedto 4 cm and was going into labor....needlessto say i lost my little boy regaurdless of how much i ignorred the contractions
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replied June 12th, 2009
My best friend has been battling ear infections and oral infections for the better part of 3 months now with 3 different prescription. She's about 23ish weeks along, and began having contraction and pelvic pressure this evening. In the ER they tell her the baby's heart rate is in the normal zone, and they put her on what appears to be vancomycinm, yet she has a normal pregnancy discharge. does any of this seem normal? or does my girl DEFINATELY need a second opinion?
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