I'm 23 weeks pregnant. is it normal for my belly to be feeling hard as a rock?

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Its mostly after i finish eating. but it gets really hard and hurts for a while. and sometimes it last through the night where it hurts to sleep becuase i lay on my sides..I never had this with my first pregnancy so im not sure. but its my hole belly that just feels wicked tight and hard.



Also wondering is there such thing as eating to much during pregnancy? I eat 3 good meals through out the day but I'm finding myself kinda pigging out a little as well..I'm scared i might be gaining to much weight.

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Jane - posted on 10/30/2011

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Hi im jane im 28weekz n havin twinz i started,to feel,my tummy hard is it normal you guyz???

Marie - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hi my name is Marie, I've had 4 pregnancy's and know that it helps to eat a few "small" meals during the day instead of 3 regular ones. And before you go to bed try drinking a small glass of very cold milk for the heart burn/indigestion. Wish you luck!

Leanne - posted on 01/21/2010

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ive had three children and only had what is called branston hicks (tightening of the belly).it's perfectly normal it's just your womb prepating it's self for when you go into labour. if you have been experiencing pain with it rather than just being uncomfortable i would tell your midwife. yes you can over eat during pregnancy,you only need to be eating an extra 200 calories a day for your baby to develop. i hope this has been of some help. leanne

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I think you should talk to your Dr. or midwife about the tightening or hardness in you belly, it could be Braxton Hicks contractions, however it could be more serious, they can check it out for you and give you some piece of mind. I agree with Sharon that you can eat too much, so if you are concerned you could talk to a dietician for suggestions.

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2010

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I am not sure why your tummy is getting so hard after you eat.... maybe you are eating too much... or maybe it is braxton hicks, and YES... you can eat too much when pregnant... I know it is hard, but you need to slow down and in between meals you need to try to eat fruit and vegtables for snacks... It is not good for you, or the baby to gain too much weight.. Also, it will be so hard to get off after the baby is born... It could cause high blood presure and lead to all kinds of compications.... Please be careful......

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Mary - posted on 01/21/2010

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You may be eating too much. It's better to eat 5 small meals a day instead of 3 big ones.
Also depending on how big you were before you got pregnant it's probably all baby & amniotic fluid.

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2010

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It sounds like what's been happening with me starting @ 16 weeks last week. Braxton hicks contractions can be very annoying, at least for me. If you break your meals down into 4-6 smaller meals, it might help with the over-eating feeling. Also, avoid Pepto-Bismol, as this contains a form of aspirin.



Don't eat anything large or heavy right before bed (light snacks are good so your belly doesn't get too full), because this increases the problems with indigestion and heartburn.

Cat - posted on 01/16/2010

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They are basically what people refer to as "practice contractions." They are your body's way of getting ready for labor. They tend to happen earlier on in later pregnancies. I think That Ashie gave a pretty concise discription! =D hope you feel better tho!

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Braxton hicks are sporadic contractions felt throughout the pregnancy.There false contractions in a sense that don't affect the cervix.until late in your pregnancy when your due for labour then there real labour contractions.Goggle it for more info.Its very common for most woman to feel them.

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2010

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@ Cat Sobusiak or @ Jenny Caswell ...What are braxton hicks? I have never heard of it before?

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Braxton hicks is most probably what the are but if your tummy is constantly hard and sore alot of the time then get it checked because in my case this was not normal.Also your tummy will feel bloated after eating and cause it to hurt and be hard i got this all the time on my first pregnancy.



Just enjoy your pregnancy and eat how you feel its okay to treat yourself once in a while.You have after the pregancy to think about losing the weight.

Cat - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yes, BH, Good Call Jenny, I totally forgot to mention that. They do start earlier in subsequent pregnancies! Crystal, do you remember what your Braxton Hicks contractions were like in your first PG? Does this feel similar...That really was a good call Jenny, I can't believe I didn't think of that!! XD

Jenny - posted on 01/15/2010

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It's probably braxton hicks, it happened to me ALOT starting at 20weeks and never stopped till i delivery so it's pretty normal. I also ate a whole bunch and told my doctor if it was ok, and he said it's fine as long as i'm not pigging out on alot of fried foods.

Cat - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yes, its fairly normal for this to happen...started in my second PG as well. I found it helped me to eat smaller meals more frequently. As far as weight gain goes. Talk to your doc, or MW, but I wouldn't worry too much as long as the amount you are gaining is not really high on a weekly basis. I think you will be fine, and congrats on your second!! =D

Katheryn - posted on 01/15/2010

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yeah it is when I was expecting my daughter & I would eat at night my belly would get hard & sometimes hurt..so my late husband told me to try eating than sit up for a while before going to bed & well believe it or no it WORKED! So my advice to you is not to eat to late & when you do eat try siting up for a while.

Erin - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hi Crystal. Im about 17 wks pregnant and Im having similar pains after eating and at night. I dont know if Im over eating at night but my belly gets very large and hard. It even feels like its pulsating and is hard to sleep on my side. I have very bad indegestion as well and sometimes take a spoon full of pepto before bed. Maybe we need to try something to help with digestion? Idk

Hayley - posted on 01/15/2010

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yea its pretty normal. my belly always got hard, especially after eating and half the time i couldnt sleep either with it. i used to get really bad pain laying on side so would have to lay on my back

i dont think you can over eat but im not sure, i never ate a thing until i got pregnant and then once i did i couldnt stop!

hope this helps

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