Visualize what the tightening sensations are doing to “ripen” your cervix as it helps it to soften, come forward, shorten, become thinner, and possibly dilate or open a little in preparation for labor at term. Be reassured that a ripe cervix often responds more readily to actual labor contractions, meaning a shorter and thus easier time getting to the point when you can push your baby out.
If you are bothered by these contractions and nothing seems to help, consider homeopathy specific to your individual symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are safe and amazingly effective in alleviating this sort of cramping during pregnancy. I have had great success with Cimicifuga or Caulophyllum 30 c particular to each person’s unique presentation. You can consult with a classical homeopath, or refer to books like Homeopathy For Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby’s First Year by Miranda Castro.
Herbs can also help you relax, sleep, lessen the pain, and either discourage your contractions, or encourage them if you are term. If you are interested in herbs, there are several options to try alone or in combination. Go for high-quality sources like Gaia, Wish Garden or Eclectic Institute, or other professional grade brands I use and recommend like those in my online holistic apothecary. Most of the supplements and herbal remedies I recommend are available on my customized online holistic apothecary. Find the best supplements that have gone through my thorough screening process there. Look in the category for uterine irritability/false labor or search them individually. My online dispensary is a convenient way for you to purchase my hand-picked, professional-grade, whole food supplements and other natural health products. Ordering is simple, and the products will be shipped directly to your home or work within a few days. See some samples from the apothecary at bottom of this blog.
For persistent irregular uterine cramping that is not associated with labor, make sure you are getting plenty of calcium and magnesium in your diet. Start by eating lots of green leafy and seaweed veggies, ground sesame seeds (tahini), wild caught fish like salmon, almonds, whole grains, and organic yogurt and cheese. Avoid excessive cow dairy intake, coffee and soda, and even spinach, which decreases calcium absorption. You may need additional supplementation. Take at least 400 mg magnesium and 1200 mg calcium daily in 2-3 divided doses, or make your own infusion of nettles and red raspberry leaf tea, using the recipe here.
Also, helpful herbs to reduce cramping are cramp bark, black haw, and wild yam. You can experiment with one of them at a time, or use all together in combination. Take 1 – 5 cc of each tincture every 30 minutes to few hours, depending on how often and intense the cramping is (particularly if it is interfering with your sleep each night in the last several weeks of pregnancy).
Prior to 37 weeks, you need to drink 2 large glasses of water, lie down and contact your midwife or doctor immediately if you experience any of these potential warning signs of premature labor: