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March 12th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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I know what they feel like, but do any of you ever feel like it could be a contraction but it's not that hard or your standard contractions?? Does that make sense?

Last night I was a bit stressed and finally fell asleep to be woken up a hour later by me son. I woke up abruptly and contracted. Not the first time for me, but it continued for like an hour. The tightness moved to my back and it felt achy and icky. Well I had this a few times and other tightening, but was it tightening or baby moving or my uterus being irritable (whatever that means), and baby was moving quite a bit. It worried me a bit, but I didn't call in. Hubby just rubbed my body and talked to me and it calmed everything.

Even today I feel slight hardening and yesterday I started feeling bigger. Is it contractions or growth?

What do you guys think??
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March 12th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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I'm not sure but I do know that Braxton Hicks are going to be irregular and should not come at regular intervals. So if they were coming regularly then it may have been contractions. BH also don't really hurt or atleast mine don't. If your entire stomach was hard then it was probably a contraction. If your stomach was just tight in one place then it may have been baby. One side of my stomach will get tight and it is usually the baby just trying to get more room.

If you think they were contractions you might call your dr just to get his opinion.
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March 12th, 2012, 10:58 AM
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I called this morning and they said to call if it happens again, but drink more water and do the opposite action of what you were doing when it happened and if there is still no improvement then call. My concern is that I don't want to think I'm feeling contractions when I'm really not.
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March 12th, 2012, 11:10 AM
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Towards the end of my last pregnancy, my BH did hurt, and I had them come regularly on a couple of occasions. They were strong enough to register when I went in for monitoring. I can tell the difference this time between baby moving and a BH, but its hard for me to describe it. Like Melissa said-if it is on one side/one spot of your belly, its probably baby moving. I can feel a BH sort of spread across my tummy. But I know the difference now between BH & real contractions for me, so they don't bother me as much. (I feel BH very close to the top of my stomach; where my abs used to be. Real contractions are deeper, more like stomach cramps/period cramps for me.) The advice you got was what I've always been given too..to drink more water and to do something different to see if they go away.
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March 12th, 2012, 12:58 PM
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I never had BH with my daughter and I have no idea what they feel like at all. Hope you're feeling better this afternoon and that the contractions (no matter which kind they are) have stopped for you!
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March 12th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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How about mild pain or discomfort now? Anyone feeling pressure or soreness down there. Pressure around their bladder or more frequent bowel movements?
I'm just over 29 weeks, so I wonder if I'm having some growing pains or shifts in my pelvic area.
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March 13th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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I'm having what I "think" are braxton hicks but I have no clue. Especially in the evening when I walk around the house. My whole abdomen gets so tight all over and it's very uncomfortable. I was induced at 38 weeks with my oldest. I went from no contractions to painful ones in minutes. So I have no clue what they feel like when they start on their own. And then with my youngest I had a c-section. So there again no clue. I don't want to go to the hospital for no reason.
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