Pre-term Labor or Just Normal Pregnancy Stuff?

Updated on March 19, 2011
A.G. asks from Pocatello, ID
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I am just starting week 35 of my 3rd pregnancy and I guess I just want to make sure this is normal. I got sick on Thursday with some kind of bug. I had loss of appetite, major fatigue, diarrhea, fever, body aches and chills. Now for the past 2 days I still have major fatigue, some mild on and off cramping, lots of pressure in my stomach, so much that i can barely eat and sharp pelvic pain (like when I get up off the couch) and when the baby moves it actually feeling really good on my stomach, like she's relieving pressure or helping release the bloated feeling that I have. I'm assuming that my body is just still getting over the bug I had but what do you ladies think? I guess I'm just more worried cause I have to have c-sections, my hubby is in Iraq and my Mom who is coming to watch my other girls when I have the baby is in Mexico right now. So this would be a very bad time to start pre-term labor. Of course if I start having real signs of labor I'll got start into the hospital but do you think I have anything to worry about right now?

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Thanks Ladies. I'm actually feeling somewhat better. As bad as this sounds as long as I don't eat I feel fine. I think I'm just still getting over being sick. I skipped dinner and I'm just drinking some juice (so at least I'm taking in some calories) and I feel better. Some slight back pain right now but nothing too strong. I think I'm just worrying cause this would be a horrible time to go into labor. Thanks again for your input.

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answers from Houston on

When in doubt call the doc- that is what they get paid the big bucks for.

Hopefully it was just a stomach bug but better safe than sorry!

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answers from Portland on

My daughter is due March 30. Three weeks ago she caught a bug that sounds similar to yours and began having cramps and contractions and serious fatique. Her midwife told her that being sick can cause contractions but that doesn't mean she's any closer to going into labor. It's been 3 weeks now and she's feeling better: less cramps and contractions tho she's still quite fatigued. For a couple of weeks she was very miserable with pain and still has pain but not the strong contractions. She no longer feels like labor is imminent. I'd say what you're experiencing is the result of the bug you caught and your body healing.

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answers from Honolulu on

You can always put in a call to an "ask a nurse" kind of thing or call your OB/GYN etc. They can be called, anytime outside of normal office hours. Via the physician exchange etc.

Or maybe you are having gas pains?
That can cause sharp pains as well and bloating.
Being that you had/have a stomach bug.

try calling a friend to come over.. to help you and so you can rest... that is what I would do.

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answers from Phoenix on

I am NOT a dr, but it does sound like your body is just getting over the bug you had. Did you have a cough or vomitting? That can take a toll too. I would rest as much as you can. I am a stress ball so having all those things to worry about would make me freak out too. But it all sounds normal right now.

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answers from Eugene on


I'm trained as a midwife, have attended a number of births as a doula/intern midwife, and have given birth at home to three daughters. None of the symptoms you are describing would indicate "labor" to me, though sometimes having an illness close to term could potentially trigger an early labor.
Most of what you are describing seem like possibly you are still working out some of the symptoms of your flu or whatever it was.

And..I would caution that sometimes ob's can push you into things faster than you need to, just to be on the "cautious" side (interestingly, a midwife's view would be the exact opposite, but for the same reason--to be cautious).

I would hydrate really well, rest as much as you possibly can, take vitamin C in an ascorbate form (highly absorbable, not acidic), and if you still keep having these symptoms, then all else being said, call your doctor.

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answers from Boise on

Make sure you are drinking a TON of water! If you got a little dehydrated while sick dehydration can start labor.....drink!! It's very important.

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answers from Nashville on

Im thinking the sharp pelvic pain is normal because im 15 weeks and when i get off the couch some times i will get this sharp pain in my pelvic and have to hold it until it goes away or if i move wrong in bed i will get it. Im actually going to ask my doctor what is causing it. But i dont think you are going into pre term labor. But congrats on the baby:)

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