When a woman is 38 weeks pregnant, the American Pregnancy Association states that cramping can be sign of labor if it is occurring at consistent intervals that ultimately get closer together. Many women describe contractions as feeling very similar to menstrual cramps.Continue Reading
When a women experiences cramping late in pregnancy, it is best if she makes notes about how long the cramping feeling is lasting and how often it is occurring. This can help her discern if the cramping is actually contractions. If the cramping is lasting for a minute and coming at 5 minute intervals, it is time to call the doctor.
Cramping is not always indicative of labor. It can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection, or it can be caused by the uterus expanding to make room for a rapidly growing baby. Some women find that drinking a tall glass of water and resting on the left side can help relieve cramps.Learn more about Pregnancy
The American Pregnancy Association defines IUI, or intrauterine insemination, as the placement of sperm directly inside a woman's uterus. This procedure is used to help women who have been trying to conceive for at least one year.Full Answer >
The American Pregnancy Association reports that it is not possible for a pregnant woman to menstruate following conception. However, some fluid discharge or spotting is possible.Full Answer >
To estimate the date of conception, a woman counts 11 to 21 days from the first day of the last period, according to American Pregnancy Association. While this is a large range of days, it is an average of conception for women. Some women, such as those who track their ovulation or have fertility treatments, can narrow down the date of conception more precisely.Full Answer >
Signs and symptoms of ovulation vary based on a woman's age and health condition, but common signs of ovulation include changes in cervical fluid, changes in the cervical firmness and position, and changes in basal body temperature, explains the American Pregnancy Association. Women may also experience pain on one side of the pelvis, slight cramping, breast tenderness, light spotting, abdominal bloating, and a heightened sense of vision, taste or smell when ovulating. Some women also have an increased sex drive.Full Answer >