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TerriLF April 18th, 2013 07:13 AM

dull constant cramping..
I never had Braxton hicks contractions with either of my past pregnancies. I didn't have contacts with DS at all until given Pitocin and I never had them with Audrey. She was a scheduled csection. I'm not sure if maybe that is what I am experiencing.

I have this somewhat constant dull period like cramps. It feels a lot like period cramps because it is constant. They don't come and go. The pain is in my lower belly and wraps around to my hips. It is 8am here and I am at work. I don't want to call the doc if it is nothing and have to leave work to drive 45 minutes to the doc. My belly is pretty tight feeling all the time from being stretched so much already, but I can't really feel that is tighter than normal or anything. I thought that is usually how BH felt (like a tightening). Anyone had BH and felt similar to me..

sethsgirl April 18th, 2013 07:24 AM

Re: dull constant cramping..
BH feel like there's a huge rock in your belly, well at least to me they do. My contractions start out as period like cramping and tightening and they usually spread to my back. Personally I would call to at least talk to a nurse. Are you making sure you're staying hydrated? Maybe drink a glass or two of water and see if that helps? Also make sure you keep your bladder as empty as possible (two things that my OB keeps telling me that do help sometimes but not always). Also my OB asks about bowel movements, if you haven't had one in 12-24 hours it can cause cramping as well. I hope it's just one of those for you and not contractions. Keep us updated!

AmiraX4 April 18th, 2013 10:21 AM

Re: dull constant cramping..
Whenever I have had BH they are very tightening and kind of do a pattern for a bit but not constant crampy. Could it be your uterus stretching? I agree with PP and keep drinking water and emptying.

I hope it eases up for you and you feel better soon. please KUP !

TerriLF April 18th, 2013 12:53 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
I thought maybe I just needed to go to the bathroom, but I was able to go and it has been 2 hours and now the cramping is coming and going. I am drinking some water now and am going to see if that helps. I really don't want to be a nervous Nellie and call the doc over nothing. I just haven't had this with my other 2, but I know every pregnancy is different so that doesn't mean it is completely fine and normal..whatever it is..

Easton's Mommy April 18th, 2013 01:46 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
I have been having BH all the time. I actually called my office because I had some pain/cramping with them. They had me come in and hook me up to the monitors although at the time I was having no issues... then they just told me to time out my cramping/pains and to take it easy. My pain usually happens in my lower belly or on the right hand side in the middle. I also get period type cramping which for me is hip and leg pain. Nobody seemed concerned or overly worried they just told me to relax and take it easy when I felt them and drink lots of water.

I hope this helps ease your mind but it still may be worth giving your office a call. A friend of mine who just had a baby in January was having similar issues and her office put her on bedrest... everyone's body does different things. ;)

TerriLF April 18th, 2013 03:02 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
I've been drinking water like crazy and am feeling better now. Thanks ladies!

NinjaCakes April 18th, 2013 04:08 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
I've had the same almost constantly for the past two weeks, and have been practically drowning in water the whole time. It isn't a far cry from what BH feel like for me - the same cramping accompanied by this fist in my stomach - but I do definitely feel a difference between them. Nurse seemed to think the cramping was just uterus growing.

.:fearless:. April 18th, 2013 07:00 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
Glad you're feeling better! Even though you have never had them before, they are very common in subsequent pregnancies. Mine started EARLY on, middle of 2nd trimester and this is my 5th baby. Mine are actually getting a little more than cramping and pretty annoying.

TerriLF April 18th, 2013 07:51 PM

Re: dull constant cramping..
Well it is back. I'm laying down and drinking water but it hasn't helped yet..

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