Any Input Appreciated

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K - October 29

I really want to know what a contraction, or braxton hicks feels like.. can somebody describe it, I get a lot of weird pains from time to time and I am 37 wks.

 

Dez - October 29

I am also 37 weeks and I would also like to know, I think i have gotten some braxton hicks, it feels like your stomach gets really tight but no pain. I dont think i have had a contraction yet because people say you'll know when its a contraction. So I wonder if we have only had a few braxton hicks and no contractions and we are 37 weeks already does that mean labor is still far away for us?

 

K - October 29

yeah I get the exact same thing!! sometimes pains though but I dont know if its cause the baby is pushing on my stomach REALLY hard cause I can feel its back and bum all the time lol..and I keep getting sharp pains in my lower abdomen and sort of between my legs as well...I really hope labour isn't far away :( I want this baby out so bad I hope for it every day lol.I'm thinking I will probably go over my date tho and have to be induced cause happens with like everyone I know for their first baby :(

 

Christine - October 29

For me I could tell the difference. The braxton hicks contractions are just as you described. Your stomach will tighten. When I had my daughter my regular contractions started just like braxton hicks contractions. My family and I were sitting down to lunch and they started. I was pretty sure it was the real thing, because they became regular. After lunch and before I called my midwife. I decided to do things to get them to stop. I went in and took a nice warm shower. I was still having them, so I decided to get my bed ready(had a homebirth). I was going to take a nap. When I was done making the bed. I realized there was no way I was going to be able to sleep. This is when I think I knew there was no turning back. I also started bleeding TMI. This was all within about 2 hours time. I don't think anyone is the same. I went really fast from the braxton hicks to contractions that were 3 minutes apart. And the total time till I had the baby was about 12 1/2 hours. I hope this helps. I think if you have braxton hicks contractions that start to have a pattern, bring on blood, or won't stop from lying down taking a warm shower. Then it is safe to say you are starting true labor.

 

Christine - October 29

Oh! K made me think of somthing else. When they started to become regular the contractions made me feel like I was having very bad mentral cramps. Then the blood started. It was like I started my period, but worse.

 

Dez - October 30

I sure hope i dont have to be induced, the sucky thing about it is I myself have tried the whole nipple stimulation for 20 mins. because they say it contracts the uterus. Yea well i didnt even get a braxton hick on that whole deal lol. Another thing is I dont get braxton hicks everyday do you? I am getting frusterated because my friend is behind me a week and she tells me that she gets contractions and times them, she says she got seven the other night. CAN I GET ONE, I cant even time my mesling little braxton hicks lol. Well K I'll let you know when i finally have a real contraction, and you can let me know how it goes if you get one first,lol good luck.

 

k - October 30

I don't know if i get them either because it's nothing that I can time..I get period like cramps sometimes..usually it just happens after s_x tho..Maybe those are braxton hicks.I realllyyy want this ot be over with.. I'm wondering if i can ask my doctor to break my waters when I am 40 wks..rather than wait till 42 wks to be induced..

 

Shana - October 30

I am 23 weeks pregnant and sometimes i get tight spots in my stomach than maybe a sharp pain in my lower stomach. I was told these were signs of braxton hicks from a friend.

 

Melissa - October 30

With my first child I had braxton hicks, but never had contractions. I did not go over with him, my water broke at 37 weeks and then I had to be induced. Yuck! With my second, I was already 3 cm dialated when I went in to have my water broke. It was my due date and I wanted my water broke because I did not want to go over. Right after my water was broken, I started to have contractions and they were very different than braxton hicks. I went to 9 centimeters and then got stuck there for almost 2 hours. After I could no longer bear the pain, they gave me a partial epidural. I had my son 30 minutes later! I should of just held on!!! Oh well. My first child took 16 hours and my second took 6! I am 19 weeks with my 3rd and am sooo excited to find out if I'm having my girl or not. I am also looking forward to giving birth. You will know when you are having contractions. As Christine said, if they keep coming regardless of what you do, they are real and baby is coming! Good Luck!

 

k - October 30

what else can you do besides nipple stimulation , walking and s_x to make labour come quicker? None of these things work for me! :(

 

k - October 30

I am just so uncomfortable I can't breathe well at all, I can't sleep, I have painful swelling, I keep getting feelings like hot flashes. the doctors have been monitoring my bp and its fine they say...I think I am getting depressed with this pregnancy and I don't really feel like anyone notices or cares about the huge amount of discomfort I am experiencing. I just feel really discouraged..like anything i do good for my bf, like make him supper or something, its like he doesn't even notice, he is always so stressed about work.

 

Dez - October 30

I cant even get s_x out of mine, because he knows it can set labor off. I try to walk or do stuff but i have this pain in my groin, inner thighs, and hips that i can barley move without going ouch ouch ouch. I heard that rasberry leaf tea is suppose to help with contractions also, I bought some but havent made it yet, lol. plus i heard your suppose to start drinking it since like 32 weeks of pregnancy, i dunno. maybe you should try nipple stimulation if you havent tried it (it is very uncomfortable), and i should take my lazy a__s for a walk, and we will see how that goes lol. I really want this to be over too, and know one understands.

 

k - October 30

like today, I made him supper, and he was in a HORRIBLE mood just because he had to go to work.. He left without saying goodbye.,.AND slammed the door. It makes me feel like nothing I do is ever good enough...

 

Dez - October 30

Yea these men of ours are being jerks, were out there kissing there a__s, dispite all the pain and misery were feeling, when they should be kissing ours.

 

k - October 30

yeah exactly.Oh, I get the same pains when I walk too.And my bf acts like I should be able to walk as much and as fast as he does. He ignores me when we're walking somewhere and I am like in excruciating pain.. Is castor oil really unsafe.. I hear all diff. things about it. but I am so desperate..

 

k - October 30

Yeah me too kind of lol. well I heard something about it has the same effect on the fetus, like a laxative, and it can cause too mcuh meconium, which can lead to infection of you don't end up giving birth. I dont know if thats true or what..

 

k - October 30

and I wonder how many wks you have to be for it to have a chance of working

 

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