Contractions??

Denise - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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today iam exactly 8 months pregnant. and this morning when i woke up i had cramps that didnt hurt real bad but they still hurt, and i felt my stomach and it was hard but then it went away. was it contractions?? im still not really sure what they feel like. i already went to the hospital once for having them but i didnt even realize i was having them, i was just having really really bad lower back pain and alot of pressure. so how will i know if im having contractions??

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Brittany - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have those too. I think they're contractions, even if they're just BH. My friend told me that you can tell when they're the serious contractions because taking a shower/bath won't help and you can't sleep through them.

Jamie - posted on 04/16/2009

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Denise, yes, when your belly gets hard and it is for about a min - 2 min long they are BHC. No worries. I started getting these around 4 !/2 months with this pregnancy. They are just telling you that the time is getting closer. Trust me, the real ones feel different and trust your instincts and you will know. When I'm at work I probably have 3 or 4 BHC and hour. My doc just told me to sit down and relax if they get to frequent.

Jamie - posted on 04/16/2009

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I'm preggo with my 3rd. Only 5 weeks left. Here is my experience. First child I had contractions That started when I woke up in a panic. They were mild and I didn't even tell anyone untill after lunch because they were so mild. I was 5 days over due. I had back labor with both and the contractions are a nightmare by the end of labor. The diff between braxton hicks and the real ones are noticable. Braxton Hicks start at the top of the belly and make the whole belly hard as a rock for about 2 min. The real contractions feel dull and achy in your lower back and wrap around your waist. They both can be intense. I brought on contractions with my second child by trying every natural way possible. THey felt like bad period cramps. If you need to keep your baby in longer take a bath and relax. That usually helps relax you. I was told by my first doc with my oldest child that labor could be long due to it being my first. I got in the bath and they subsided a little, got out and they got harder. That is how i knew it was time. Stay home as long as you can in the comfort of your own home. They usually send people home very easily if you are having your first. My sister and friends both got sent home 3 diff times befor they finally got to stay.

Denise - posted on 04/16/2009

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my stomach gets hard sometimes and then it goes away it doesnt hurt but is this bhc?

Denise - posted on 04/15/2009

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i went to the doctors today and told him bout the cramps and stuff and he said it was contractions but its not constant so its not really a problem. Im 35 weeks and the baby already weighs 6lbs, dont seem like it cause im still not that big. But i will be induced may 12th i cant wait.(: im so ready for her to be here.

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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It sounds to me like you are having either braxton hicks or early contractions. sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the two. For me, the difference was, braxton hicks just feel hard and slightly uncomfortable. With early labor contractions your stomach still gets tight but they are slightly painful, but are still irregular and only do enough to dialate you for the real deal. If it is early labor contractions, you can have them anywhere from a couple hours to a couple weeks before active labor. I've been having mine for a week and a half now, saw my doctor this afternoon and she told me I could be having this baby tonight or in 2 weeks, she's seen it last different lengths each time.



Hopefully you're having braxton hicks so your baby can stay in the oven a little longer to bake and be healthy at birth.

Rebekah - posted on 04/15/2009

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I wrote this on another thread, but I thought it might answer your question too. I'm not sure about pre-term contractions, but this is how my true labor contractions started.

Here's my story: I was dilated to 3cm the week before my son was born and had obviously been having contractions that I wasn't feeling. The day he was born I was tired and uncomfortable (just like any other day). I had a huge breakfast, walked about 2 miles, and was about to take a nap, when my water started leaking. My contractions started immediately, but although they were regular, they weren't very painful. I gave up on the nap (because I kept thinking about them) and made cookies with my husband. It was 5 hours later before the contractions were between 3-5 minutes apart (and I could no longer talk or think about anything else) and went to the hospital.

Especially the first time around you can expect to be in labor for a long time. So, if you start having contractions, try not to get too excited until they become more intense. When you have true labor contractions you will not be able to think or do anything else... just trust me.

Brenda - posted on 04/14/2009

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At the advice of my L&D department at my hospital:



They told me that real labor will start in the back and work its way to the top of the uterus.  The contractions will be regular (ten minutes between, five minutes).  The lower back pain is a first indicator, and there can be pain in the lower abdomen like mentral like cramping.  The main thing though is that they will be regular, if they aren't they are usually Braxton Hicks, which can be accompanied by pain.  Now, if you have like 6-10 or more per hour, you might call your doc and see what they want you to do.



They told me to head to the hospital at 5 minutes apart and when I could no longer talk through the contractions and had to concentrate on breathing through them.  (I was induced with my first so I have no idea what spontaneous labor feels like).  From what other moms have told me, you can tell the difference between BH ctx and real ones.  We'll see, I guess!

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