Pregnant with strange question please help!

Erica - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 96 moms have responded )

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Ok so I'm about 31 weeks now, not my first pregnancy, but first time I've made it this far into the pregnancy. So about 2 weeks ago I started feeling a weird pressure/swollen/sore feeling "down there". Its gotten worse over time and started making me worry so I called my doctor and she sent me over to the hospital so they could do some test to make sure I wasn't at risk of preterm labor. The tests came back negative and the doctors said I was just fine and the soreness is probably from the weight of the baby. Well its getting WAY worse and totally freaking me out! I mean it just doesn't seem like a "normal" thing if its hurting this badly. I have a hard time walking sometimes because of it and earlier today I actually fell when I got up off the couch because the pain was so sharp. Everytime I describe the pain people ask me if my husband and I resently had sex and maybe we were a little to rough, but no that's not the case, although yes it is that kind of feeling. I've tried looking it up online, which of course only freaked me out more and didn't really help. They say that this is common in women who have had a D&C before, which I had to have when I lost my last baby, because their cervix is weaker. But supposedly that's what they tested for at the hospital and they said I was fine. They also said I wasn't dialated yet so thats not the problem either. I just know that this can't be normal, at least not pain at this level. Does anyone know what may be going on????????????

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Zimasa - posted on 10/04/2012

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I'm 37 weeks & I'm also experiencing the same situation & it's getting worse day by day now. The pains are so unbearable, now I can't even get out of bed, I can't walk & it's even difficult to turn & lie on my other side, it feels as if I'm breaking my virginal bones this is my third pregnancy & I have never expirienced what I'm going through now & its not normal that I know it does not have to be so bad & hate my husband for not feeling the pains I'm going through. I cannot take these pains as they make me to be angry all the time..

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Could it just be that the baby dropped? I had some pretty uncomfortable feelings down there when my last one dropped (at 30 weeks), but there weren't sharp pains like you describe. Are there any other doctors you could ask (for example, in my medical group there are 6 OB doctors and I could have seen any one of them at any time and if I had extra questions or needed more clarification I could ask any of the docs I wanted). Maybe another doc would know of something different to check out.

Gook luck and congrats on the baby!

Tacee - posted on 07/28/2011

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It sounds like vericose veins. I get them terrible down there on every period and especially when I'm pregnant. As awkward as it sounds mine would feel better if I would kind of hold down there and put pressure on it. And lay down with my feet up. I couldn't walk sometimes because the pressure was awful. Sometimes it would feel like the baby was going to fall out!

Gilda - posted on 07/28/2011

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I experienced this pain with my 2nd pregnancy. It was so bad that I couldn't walk with every move it felt as if my pelvis was breaking. I couldn't remember what they called it but I was just as far along as you are. I went and bought a belt that goes around my stomach to lift my stomach up some. It helped taken sone of the pressure off of my pelvis. I did this up until I delivered along with getting rest and staying on my feet no longer than 8hrs a day. When I finally delivered my daughter she was to big for my body and that's why I was in so much pain. I hope you get to feeling better.

Heather - posted on 09/14/2011

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You probably just dropped. LOL! Don't worry about it :) It's normal for the baby to drop into the pelvis around 31 weeks and it'll feel like you are waddling until you get used to it. Especially if you are like me, I gained a TON of weight in my last couple months so I felt like I was trying to hold up a watermelon between my thighs.

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Stephanie - posted on 10/13/2012

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hello my name is stephanie i am currently going troug the same thing

Claire - posted on 10/09/2012

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i had this a couple of days before i had my daughter, dont worry though it can happen weeks before you give birth, sounds to me like baby is engaging :) good luck!

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2011

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im 31 weeks also, and im super swollen down there and feel as if ive been kicked down there multiple times!! its super painful, but completely normal!!! there's so many things going on, babys head could have dropped into the birth canal, cervix is slowly starting to change. it is completely normal and it really sucks, i know. it is almost to painful to walk sometimes. But take it easy as much as possible, lay down , elevate your legs. put a hot/cold compress down there, and drink lots of water. The swelling will go away once baby is born!

Roxanne Lea - posted on 09/14/2011

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go see a gynae its not right!dont want to freak you out but rather be safe than sorry

SaraJane - posted on 09/12/2011

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had the same thing when i was pregnant with my son, was convinced there was something wrong becuase it didnt happen with my first baby. It was appaently normal, he was even 3 days late and came out perfect! I wouldnt worry too much, just try and relax and trust the doctors. If you really think there is something wrong go to the hospital, doesnt matter if the think you are being ridiculous, its your body and your baby! Good Luck!!

Rebecca - posted on 09/12/2011

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I had the same problem when i was pregnant! doctor said it was just because the babys head was down very low and she had a big head. all the pressure was causing the pain. it went away right after i had her. i pretty much lived in the bath from the end of my pregnancy until i went to the hospital to get induced.

Stevie - posted on 09/12/2011

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you could probably try a bath as many times as you can get to help ease up any pressure i suggest it to be as deep as you can. i agree with holly (sorry havent read any farther lol) it could be that your baby has dropped and it some could be cause of your D&C it could just be sinsativity to that not really meaning your weak. idk how well those test work but ive never had one done and only a few more weeks and you will be ok to go into labor and not have anything to worry about so just take it easy if you work maybe request lighter work or sit down stuff to do or if you stay at home just rest and do as little as possible...

Hayley - posted on 09/08/2011

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i had a d&c, and had simular problem yet unsure what it was, didnt turn out to be anything, but i had sharp/stingy pain down there, i couldnt walk/cross my legs, i put it down to the baby head being low and putting imence amount of pressure down there, but ask your midwife at next available appt and see what they say xx

Niccole - posted on 09/08/2011

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I would probably say it is your cervix. Your doctor should be able to tell if it is a weakened cervix or whatever. I also had sharp pains. Possibly dialating already?

Lexi - posted on 09/08/2011

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For me it's been normal in both my pregnancies, the pressure and the pain down there around my vagina/cervix/pelvic area. And sometimes these little twingey sharp pains that would make me just swear the baby must be trying to stab his hand through or something! lol My doctors say it's normal from the weight of the baby, especially as he's getting himself head down and even more so when he starts to "drop" down into the birth canal over the last month or two of pregnancy. By all means with your history, it's good you're getting all checked out but it sounds normal to me. My first son came right on time and I am at 37 weeks with my second now. Some days I don't notice it other days I feel like I can hardly walk it's all so tender.

Melissa - posted on 09/08/2011

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Hey I had this when I was pregnant it hurt so bad. It felt like i had a bowling bowl between my legs. Honestly I never found out what it was but it damn sure wasnt the ligaments stretching or the baby dropping it's something else. But what really helped me was to switch positions. C how u said it hurt more when u sat down or when your sleeping. Its best to switch your position every so often that really helped keep the pain at bay. Bright side is as so as my son came out I never felt it again.

Natalie - posted on 09/07/2011

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It sounds like something similar to what I had with my second. The doctor called it round ligament pain, I think. It's basically what others have said below, the pelvic muscles/area stretching to accommodate the baby. All you can do is keep your feet up and try one of the belly belts.

Kimber - posted on 09/06/2011

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When I was pregnant, my crotch was so sore that I couldn't walk across the living room without it throbbing in pain. I carried him until I was 39 weeks to everyone's surprise. He was a BIG baby and dropped early. I also had pains that shot down my butt to my ankles that would honestly make me cry and hurt so bad that I couldn't move.

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2011

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i had pain too twith my first it felt like my pelvis would completely split in two and like i was hit in the pubic bone with a baseball bat. also had feeling of a bowling ball pushing down inside me. second one wasnt as bad

Katrina - posted on 09/04/2011

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It might be that the baby has pinched a nerve or something? Or that it has become swollen from the extra blood flow? Maybe visit your GP, they might be able to suggest ways to alleviate the discomfort a little :)

Carmen - posted on 09/02/2011

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It sounds like the type of pressure & pain I felt while I was pregnant with my 2nd & 3rd children. (actually before my IUD, I felt it some during my periods) It is most likely the baby putting pressure on your cervix. I used to fall during my 2nd baby because of the pressure & some sciatica. I agree that you should REALLY take it easy and don't stand in one place for very long. The standing was the worst for me! Ex., standing to wash dishes! I have actually had to put an ice pack "down there" because of the pain. Also try some pressure hose like older women have to wear, they helped with my 3rd boy. Hope everything gets better for you!

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2011

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That happened to me, u should soak your feet in a clean bucket with some epson salt (lavender is best) after you're done lay down and put a pillow under your feet and another on your back so you're half sitting up. From what I was told this happens because too much blood and air flows to your feet. You just need to relax and always put a pillow under your feet when you're laying down. Hope it helps...god bless

Josslyn - posted on 09/01/2011

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I had the same thing, also had A D & C due to miscarriage, Doctors sent me for plenty of tests and the only thing they could pick up was that I has irritable uterus, which is quite common in D & C patients, I spent 3 says in hospital and was booked off from 30 weeks and told to take it easy, as long as there are no bloody shows and your make your regular 2 week visits to the gynae from your 32 week mark and baby is ok, I'm sure you'll be fine. Hang in there, the last 2 months were really not my cup of tea and I was so Huge!!! If you are really worried then go to another doc for a second opinion.

Susan - posted on 08/31/2011

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I was told the samething. I just thought that it was weird that I felt it with my 2nd and not my 1st.

Susan - posted on 08/31/2011

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Well, with my 2nd child I too had a lot of sorness, but I don't think that it was quite as painfull as you are describing. I Think that you may have your baby early or maybe he/she is larger than your other child(ren). I think that it's normal to an extent. I'd call your doctor again if it gets worse or you just can't take it anymore. Hopefully I help a little. Sorry for your discomfort and pain.
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Charlotte - posted on 08/31/2011

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At the end of my 1st pregnancy when I was about 36 weeks gone with twins I experienced a similar pain. I just couldn't move! I thought I was about to give birth there and then! Which now I think about it is a little silly cos I had no contractions! But I felt as if the babies were just gona burst right out of me at one point. The dr told me that it was because twin n°1 had dropped and obviously with twin n°2 pushing down on her.... I very much doubt it's anything to worry about but putting up with the pain must be a problem. If I were you I'd go back to the dr.

Emma - posted on 08/31/2011

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i had the same thing with my daughter. there would be times when i would have to hold myself to ease some of the pain. i asked my doctor about it and he said it was the pressure of the baby. youre at a time in you baby making process that the baby maybe starting to drop. dont worry momma. try holding yourself if it gets bad. i hope it gets better and you dont stress yourself out about it. i know doctors are always right but if your doctor says its just pressure and the test came back neg. from the hospital then i wouldnt stress. maybe ask your doc for some other ways to relieve the pain since it sounds so bad. i hope your little one eases up a bit.

Melissa - posted on 08/29/2011

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I had that also. my dr. said that it was the weight of the baby. She suggested wearing a support belt. It sort of helped.

Cherie - posted on 08/29/2011

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i would say that your close to haveing ur lil one! i had it in the 7th early 8th month and the pain was bad! showers helped while sitting down.

Sandra - posted on 08/27/2011

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I also had problems when I was pregnant. I would have the same pain. I also went to the hospital everything was fine. But if your uncomfortable and you cant take the pain anymore call your doctor again and let her know its becoming more painful.

TajaAnn - posted on 08/27/2011

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i had something similar it was called preterm contraction without dialation it hurt like hell for almost two months but i ended up delivering my third child 6 week early but had gotten the steriod shot to help develop his lungs about three weeks earlier then the delivery day so he only had to be in the hospital for 10 days to gain wieght.

Amanda Martinez & - posted on 08/27/2011

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I'm 30 weeks preganant now and i weight only 100pounds exactly...so imagen my back pains and everything cuz im so skinny and its all baby. I have the same feeling and pains on my cervix i feel like the baby is pushing down and wants to come out. Since i experienced that with my 2 other kids too i dont worry that much, but im concern because my baby girl was a premie and i dont want to have this baby primie too. But like others moms has told you lay down with ur feets high or on ur side with pillows between ur legs, i do that and i feel better. Hope you feel better and congrats on ur baby! =)

Tamara - posted on 08/27/2011

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i had the same thing during my second pregnancy, i was told that the pressure was due to the babies head being in the right place to start to stretch everything ready for labour... it is quite normal but also very uncomfortable and often debilitating... in the last few weeks you may also find that your private area will get very sore and possibly swollen from the pressure... mine felt like someone had kicked me there and i was bruised...

Claire - posted on 08/26/2011

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I experience a bit of pain like that in my pregnancy and I am 34 weeks. I did my last pregnancy too, and as long as you aren't dilating or bleeding yet, just keep an eye out for signs of contractions. Good luck :) I believe you will make it to the end this time!

Hayley - posted on 08/25/2011

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I had horrible pain on my pubic bone around this time as well. I was told that it was the baby's head on my pelvis. It was also painful to walk and shift in bed. I was fine as soon as I had him though. Have you tried sitting on a pregnancy ball? It's essentially the same as one of those large, inflatable yoga balls. I would sit on it and kindof shift from side to side while watching tv and it would help to get the baby to maybe move to a more comfortable position for you. Hang in there!

Tiffany - posted on 08/23/2011

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Did you know that you can by this pregnancy support belt that you wear and it helps support the baby so that it is not pressing down so hard? My friend had to use it for her 2nd pregnancy.

Josephine - posted on 08/21/2011

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When I was in labor I felt what I think is the same feeling. It doesn't feel like the typical pressure but it kinda paralyzes you. But when I felt it, it was shortly paired with a pop the cork feeling. Like it was the mucus plug coming out, but it couldn't have been because they said I was 4cm when admited. I understand your fears but more than likely its a pinched nerve. Try minimizing the amount of time you spend on your back. Because the weight of the baby could cause more pain. Good luck & if it gets worse bug your doctor until they listen to you!

Laura - posted on 08/21/2011

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I had pain similar that and the doctor said it was from the pubic symphasis stretching. It's the 'ligament' that joins your public bones. It can be extremely painful for some women. I didn't feel it all the time, but when I did, it was very uncomfortable and typically made me stop in my tracks. As I got further along, the pain got better.

Crystal - posted on 08/20/2011

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sounds normal to me ... my son who will be 3 was 10 lbs 14 oz and I felt that most of the time and it was extremely painful it feels like your area down there is stretching open but not muscle like bone stretching... it hurt! I think if they said you are okay you can relax. I also know if you get stressed out you can put your self into a contracting state but not be really contracting. I did that and had to come down....

SONJA - posted on 08/20/2011

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it happened with me too---it ended up being my dtr dropping and pushing on the area- of what felt like-my font door and back door...my dtr came at 36wks with NO DILATION. of course i am no dr. but i understand ur concern-i had it too. the pain gets more tolerable as time goes on...i hope everything is well with everything.

Ariel - posted on 08/19/2011

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I started to have discomfort about the same time during my pregnancy. For me, it was just my body adjusting as it prepared itself for labor. One of my friends was in horrible pain at that time in her pregnancy and in was from her bones shifting. (I have a high pain tolerance and she doesn't.) That may be it. Also around the same time, my ligaments that attach the uterus to the bones started stretching and THAT was painful. That pain had actually knocked me off the couch a few times. Literally.

Erica - posted on 08/18/2011

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Thank you everyone. I've still been having the pain, my doctor says yes it is most likely something like SPD, but there's really nothing that can be done about it. She put me on a mild muscle relaxer which seems to be helping at least some. Only 5 more weeks though!! Thanks again for all the great advise and well wishes!

PS: To the few that suggested it may have been an STD, I am married and my husband and I have both been tested within the last 3 years so no that was never really a possibility. Those comments kinda bugged me, I'm trying not to take it the wrong way but to me suggesting it was an STD is the same as suggesting either I or my husband have been unfaithful.....

Kelly - posted on 08/18/2011

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it may be the baby dropped, i carried my daughter low from the begginning and it was unbareable pain in that area i couldn't walk or move. it could be an std so get checked for that and it may be that your body is trying to adjust itself in order to give labor. get alot of rest more than likely ur carrying your baby low and when that happens it is very painful and uncomfortable. i hope you feel better and good luck keep us all posted.

Sarah - posted on 08/18/2011

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I had pain like that when I was around 36 weeks. It felt like she was about to drop out of me and it hurt to walk. This lasted for about a week. I had a doctors appointment a couple of days later and they said I hadn't dialated at all. I still don't know exactly what it was but everything turned out fine! But that was definitely the most miserable time during my pregnancy! I have also learned not to google stuff that I am worried about, it usually makes you feel worse. When my daughter was born she had a mild case of Jaundice and and I made the mistake of googling and I totally freaked out! Its better just to take your doctors advice and ask people around you.

April - posted on 08/18/2011

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Is it kind of a pulling sensation? If so that's round ligament pain. If not - I don't know what that is, Mama. Sorry.

Kim - posted on 08/17/2011

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when i was preg with my last .. i felt swollen in my vagina .. i would sit on a cold pack and it helped the pain.. (NOT an ice pack! )

Amberly - posted on 08/17/2011

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im also 31 weeks ,had twins feb of 2010, and I am way more sore with this pregnancy then the twins. I am thinking its partially since he decided to go head down two weeks ago, but my doctor said its also because my uterus doesnt have the elasticity that it did the first time, so its not holding him as firmly in one spot. As long as your not bleeding, and you can still feel lots of kicks I would'nt worry too much, just keep your doctors number handy just in case. It may just be anxiety from getting this far along and worrying about something happening because your getting so far along.

Pamela - posted on 08/15/2011

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If you're feeling a sharp pain that worries you, keep calling your OB. Keep calling, go back to the hospital, be annoying, it's better safe than sorry. Maybe they need to take a second look... even if there's nothing wrong again, you might feel better if someone has a second look. Don't worry about being annoying- 1st time Mom's do this a lot, and the doctors are getting paid for this- you do what you need to do to feel okay about everything. Hang in there girl!

Ann - posted on 08/15/2011

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It is probably just your pelvic bone moving to let him come out. It is totally normal. I was so sore for about 8 weeks before i had my sons. uncomfortable to walk at times...and exhausting by the end of the day.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/15/2011

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I had a lot of bad pains with my second pregnancy. A lot of it has to do with your cervix being weaker but you might also be having braxton hicks contractions. I had them so frequently it was almost a constant pain. The pain was terrible and would keep me in bed some days. I hope it gets better and just remember to to take it easy.

Megan - posted on 08/14/2011

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do have any large blue veins "down there", I have vericose and spider veins and they can cause swelling and a lot of pressure.they can be painful

Mandy - posted on 08/14/2011

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it happin to me with my youngest one.. and i had walking problems with her.. there nothing u can do but wait it out.. some times my would go numb and i have to walk it out... just try and relax and a good hot bath helps at times...

Annette - posted on 08/13/2011

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I had the same problem with my first pregnancy as well. At 32 weeks I went into the hospital because my chest and stomach hurt really bad. Finding out my son has a mean kick and cracked a few of my ribs. When I delivered him at 37 weeks, I had 4 broken ribs and a broken tail bone. He kicked me hard and I was in soo much pain. I could not stand or sit, or even lay down. He was only 6lbs 10oz too. Is it possible the baby is just stretching downward like my son did. I was carrying rather low and i was really in a lot of pain. Good luck though, i promise it does get better! Good luck, put your feet up and try to relax. Hot baths may help??

Meagan - posted on 08/08/2011

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I am 29 weeks and have had problems with this as well.. what I found.. (sorry if this is a little personal) is that when I have sex with my husband and let him 'release' inside of me this stimulates contractions and discomfort.there is something in the sperm that does this when your pregnant.. I found it researching once and have tried this and I have found that I have discomfort less often.. Don't know if that helps you. I still have contractions and pain sometimes, but the pressure in my vag has lessened!! :) good luck and take care:)

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