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Jess - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




im expecting a little girl in April, im 30weeks
ive always been very active and wanted to stay fit while pregnant but didn't believe in "pregnancy gym" classes or stuff like that so i go for the occasional swim and walk everyday. but no running cause that's bad for my bump to be so bouncy and quite painful.
after about 20 minutes of walking or even less if im walking quickly i get a pain low in my stomach almost identical to period pain.
my doctor said its just stretching of the muscles for birth.
does anyone else get this pain?


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Melanie - posted on 02/24/2010




jess, that could be your body telling you to slow down. there are so many different pains, i'm not 100% sure what yours is. it could be a contraction or it could be round ligament pain. take a cue from your body and slow down. you are nearing the finish line with the pregnancy. take good care of yourself.

best wishes on your new blessing!

Claudia - posted on 02/23/2010




my doc said it's the ligaments that hold up the uterus. Like everything, some people have more trouble than others. It got worse with each of my pregnancies & with the heavier babies. The pain can be very sharp. It's totally different than braxton hicks which feel like a menstrual cramp/tightening.

Tara - posted on 02/18/2010




I had it with both my girls, it is mostly just the muscles/ligaments stretching. It could also be braxton-hicks (practice) contractions, although those usually go in cycles (hurts for a minute or so, fades for a minute, hurts for a minute, etc). As long as the pain is not continuing when you rest then you should be alright.

Jess - posted on 02/18/2010




thank you all for ur help, and amanda yeah it does worsen or get better with the movement of her, and i also get that side stitch but on my left side so i totaly understand the pain

and kathy the tearing is a great way to explain it, so accurate.

as for being scared about the labour and not knowing, my partner and mum all think when shes ready to pop ill know, but none of them can explain that, lol

so thank you all, glad to know im not the only one feeling these things

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2010




i'm also due in April, with my second, i didn't feel any of this with the first one, but i am also having similar pains this time around when i am exercising/up moving around. mine are mostly toward the right side and feel more like a really bad side stitch (hard for me to describe pain!). i have really great Drs and they also told me that it is the muscles and tendons stretching. i also find that when the baby shifts/moves it either goes away or worsens, so it may also be the way the baby is sitting....... when the pains happen just try and slow down, drink some water and listen to your body. don't push yourself harder than your body is willing to go....

as for not knowing when you actually go into labor,lol, that's one of my fears as well (never went into labor with the 1st, had a c-section) but try to relax, you will likely know the difference in the pain:)

Renae - posted on 02/18/2010




I was told that braxton hicks feel like tightening of your stomach but they do not actually hurt.

Are you going to birthing classes at the hospital? I'm sure they will tell you what to look out for.

Kathy - posted on 02/18/2010




I remember that pain clearly-almost feels like a tearing sensation sometimes. It is muscles and tendons stretching. It isn't as bad the second time around.

Jess - posted on 02/18/2010




thanks, yeah ive herd about braxton hicks, and im like how do u tell the difference, but they do tend to die down after i rest.
shes my first and im still young, me n my mum are close but not in the way of all the girly talk so i was a bit lost with that one.
im also scared about how do i tell if i do go into labour when i get these pains so often? its all a bit confussing at the moment, especialy after have 2 pre-eclampsia scares and doctor trouble

Sneaky - posted on 02/18/2010




Not yet, but I am only 27 weeks :o) I would like to suggest that 'period pain' is what all my contractions in my first two labors felt like, so they might actually just be braxton hicks (practice) contractions. As long as they disappear when you rest again, then it should all be good :o) Congrats by the way!

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