can anyone try to explain what braxton hicks feel like??
how are you supposed to know if your having them??
i have alot of movements from baby and some odd 'twinges n tugs' sometimes but how do i know if im having BH's or if its just the baby moving??
or will i 'just know' ??
is it possible for anyone to try and explain what they feel like?
are they low down or high up?
that seems like a silly question but whenever theyve put a monitor on me in hospital they put the baby heart beat one low down and the contraction one high up, whereas i thought the contraction one would sit low down near my pelvis. (shows what i know!!)
For me it felt like the top of my tummy went really hard and tight in a wave. It wasn't painful but took my breath away. They were sometimes really regular but alway went away if I got up and walked around.
Mine felt mainly like period pains. I only got the top of the tummy tightenings if I walked too far... And they felt a bit like a muscle cramp... Nothing like real contractions though. You can tell the difference between BH and baby moving. BH are sore, kinda like a stitch is sore... Not painful, just uncomfortable.
I am a little/thin lady and and was all baby, and my belly always felt hard, so I could never figure out the whole "belly going hard" thing. Once in a while, during my pregnancy, I'd feel mild period-like pains, and now I believe that those were from contractions. When I was in labor, my belly was still always hard, but I could watch it as it looked like it inflated slowly and mechanically (weird!), like in increments, and then deflated (gradually... not in increments). The inflation and deflation would alternate and the period-like pain (cramping) would get more intense as time went on, until they graduated from an ache to a pain. The inflation thing surprised me, because it's not what you picture when you think about how a baby has to be PUSHED out. I guess when people talk about their bellies going hard, they are referring to when it is fully "inflated?"
I don't think my braxton hicks were very powerful, though, I should say. I think I only had mild contractions until it was time for the baby.
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