Signs Of Pre Labor

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ashley - December 25

I have a friend who is about to have a baby. Last night, she said that she slept like a rock for the first time since shes been pregnant. She has felt great all day and she feels like shes not pregnant anymore. The bottom of her belly is now "squishy" when it was hard the night before....what could that be caused by? It sounds to me like she is either hours or days before going into labor. I have never heard of your belly getting soft and squishy at the end of your last trimester. What is the reason for this?

 

Swtpea - December 25

I'm not sure, but I am 39wks now, and the bottom of my belly is squishy too! But the top is EXTREMELY solid, anyone that touches my stomach is like "Oh My Gosh...you're stomach is so tight" lol... so whatever that means I'd like to know as well!

 

Emy - December 25

The baby's position might have something to do with it, and also whether or not she is having braxton hicks, etc. The uterus, a muscle, contracts a lot - whether we are aware of it or not - in preparation for labor. I think that when is in squishy like that, the uterus is at rest. Coupled with the baby's position that might have something to do with it. I can say that what you describe are not signs of pre-term labor if that is what you are worried about. How far a long is she? If it is really the end of her 3rd trimester and she is past 37 weeks, then it would not be considered pre-term anymore. Anyways, I am happy she feels great - what a gift for Christmas. She should only be concerned if she goes all day without feeling any movement. If she does, then all is still good. As far as when she will go into labor, it is anyone's guess - but squishy tummy and a good night's sleep are not signs of labor. Good luck!

 

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