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I'm 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant and having tightening in my stomach. What could this be?

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I'm 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant, for about 3 hours I've had lower pains, pain all down one leg and also tightening in my stomach, I don't feel 100% right, should I ring the delivery suite at the hospital?

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Hello, I understand your anxiety. If you are going into labor the following symptoms should be closely observed:

a)You just don't feel right. If you are not sure about a symptom or feeling uneasy, call your doctor. If there is a problem you will get the help right away. Your body is changing so rapidly and it is difficult to know whether you are experiencing is normal.

b)Pain in your middle-severe or sharp upper to mid abdominal pain with or without nausea. It could be indigestion or pre eclampsia that needs immediate attention.


d)Swelling or puffiness of the hands, feet, face or eyes symptoms of pre eclampsia.

e)Severe headache

f)Vision disturbances- double vision, blurring, dimming, and flashing spots.

g)Light or heavy vaginal bleeding indicating miscarriage.

h)Burning sensation or pain while passing urine

i)Severe vomiting, fainting or dizziness

j)Slowing down in your baby s movements.

k)Leaking of fluid from the vagina.

I would suggest you to consult your obg gyn doctor to evaluate the cause. A scan may be done to evaluate the cause. Hope this helps. Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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