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September 18th, 2010, 05:06 PM
Mrs.Mikey's Avatar Kay- mom of Bryson
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So, how do I know if I'm having contractions? At first I just felt squeezing and tight belly but now it kind of is uncomfortable, like a bad stomach ache that makes me feel like I should go poo... is that a contraction?

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September 18th, 2010, 05:34 PM
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I have that feeling more than the tight tummy...mine also comes with a low crampy back ache...so I'm guessing so lol but I've been questioning it too but when my contax show up on the machine..that's what I feel?!?!
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September 18th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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I'd say that's a contraction. I was confused about them when I first got them since I didn't have any BH's at all.
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September 18th, 2010, 05:39 PM
RunningWithBoys's Avatar Amanda
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I had no idea because I didn't contract with my first. With DS2 I was contracting for weeks and almost missed it. It is a tightness of the belly. Mine didn't have back pain with it until I was in active labor.
So I tested my theory this way. If I could touch and kinda of grab my belly and squish it just a little, it wasn't a contraction. When it tightened, if it was uncomfortable to poke it or give it a little squeeze, I knew it was a contraction.

But that was just my experience! I hope you are having them! Your body could be getting ready!
Thank you Alethia for my awesome siggy!

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September 18th, 2010, 05:43 PM
Super Mommy
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I'm glad someone asked because I am not so sure about the contractions I think I might be feeling. My belly gets hard and I get this overall tight feeling. In general, I sometimes feel a little crampy and some back aching. I am curious to hear what others have to say...Are you all dilated at all? Last I heard I was almost 2cm.

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September 18th, 2010, 05:44 PM
Mrs.Mikey's Avatar Kay- mom of Bryson
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As of Thursday I was 1.5 cm 50% effaced. I am timing them just to see, so far no real pattern...

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September 18th, 2010, 08:26 PM
Justjessie's Avatar Really Just Angela
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These were the kinds of contractions I had with my son, yes!!!

This time they are different...the uncomfortable ones feel like that but also like I can't breathe because the top of my stomach feels "full" with pressure.

Nothing regular here though, either.
Thanks Kiliki for the siggy!
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