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Cramps in either side of back while sleeping, 17 weeks pregnant. Reasons ?

For the past few nights, only when I sleep I get cramps in either side of my back (where there is no bones between my rib cage and hip bones). It is very painful and wakes me up lasting for about 5 minutes then will go away for a few hours and wake me up again. Only happens when I m sleeping. I am also 17 weeks pregnant. I ve looked online and can t find anything!
Asked On : Mon, 17 Sep 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
May 2013
Thanks for the query.
The possible causes are:
Round ligament pain: with the increasing size of the uterus the round ligaments will stretch.
When you move in sleep, sudden change in position occur leading stretching of ligament which further leads to pain.
Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, infrequent contractions which lead to tightening of uterus but these are painless usually.

Usually these will subside soon, if they persist or become severe better to get examine once.

Take care.
Answered: Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Das Arindam's  Response
Sep 2012
Hi, welcome to HCM I am Dr Das
The pain you are experiencing is nothing but the pressure effect of the baby over the back.
So, what you will do?
Just try to sleep in lateral positions which will relieve pain .
Answered: Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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