Braxton Hicks Or Baby Stretching

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krc - July 2

I hear that your stomach gets hard or it feels like the baby is balling up with braxton hicks. Is there any cramping involved? Sometimes it feels like my stomach gets rock hard but only in a certain spot. I assume it is him having his back facing outward. I know not all women experience BH. Is my whole uterus supposed to harden? Any input?

 

falafal0 - July 2

I have had braxton hicks through all of my pregnancies, this is my fourth. With each pregnancy, they've startedearlier and have gotten stronger as the weeks have pa__sed. Now at 33 weeks, they take my breath away and make it difficult to walk or sit properly. As you said, your tummy gets hard only in one spot, which is what happens alot to me. My baby's back is on my right side facingup, so when I get a BH, it's the one part that is the hardest and sticks out a bit. Whatever part of the baby is closest to the front of the bely is what you'll be able to feel more. I've been told the whole uterus does harden except you don't feel it as much inside at the back as you do directly on the skin and belly. My belly becomes very sensitive and it hurts if touched more than softly while a BH is happening. I've got a four year old whose head is exactly at my belly height and has bumped into me one too many times for me to know that now! BH are harmless and are a good thing, practising for birth. It's when they turn into regular or very painful contractions that you'd have to see your midwife or doctor about. Good luck...

 

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