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Pregnant with light abdominal cramping with soft stools. Increased vaginal discharge. Worried

For the past 2 days I have had some light cramping. But today it is more strong and its constant. I also have soft frequent bowel movements now. I am 36 week 3 days and my baby has already dropped and I feel like he has dropped more since last week. What is this cramping? I have no bloody discharge but an increase in discharge.
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Dear Madam,

Thanks for your query to healthcare magic.

The cramps you are experiencing is known as Braxton Hicks contractions(false labor pains).

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy you might experience frequent Braxton Hicks contractions and dont worry. it does not mean you are in labour. Braxton Hicks are completely normal and can occur regularly in some women lasting for one or two minutes, with or without associated pain.also as due date nears there will be increased vaginal discharge.

just keep watching for signs of labor- False labor pains usually concentrate in the lower abdomen and groin, while true labor pains may start in the lower back and may spread through the entire abdomen. Real labor also becomes stronger and more powerful as time passes.

also report to a obstetrician immediately if you have any of the following:
-blood-stained mucous discharge from your vagina.
-Your contractions are about 5 minutes apart, or
-You no longer feel comfortable being at home, or
-Your waters break.
Hope the information was useful.
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OBGYN Dr. Shanti Vennam's  Response
Your symptoms suggest that you are into early labor. You should report to your consultant and check if you need to get admitted as you are not yet term, but almost there. Meanwhile take bed rest, watch the fetal movements and watch for any leakage of membranes or bloody discharge. If the cramping gets associated with backache and pain radiating to the thighs, you are into active labor and will need immediate medical attention. Take fluid diet as much as possible. Wish you safe motherhood.
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OBGYN Dr. Anu Sidana's  Response
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you should report to gynaeclogist immediately .these may be impending signs of labour .keep a check on fetal movement countalso .all the best

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