i couldnt even tell the difference between real contractions or braxton hicks when having my 1st. i was in labour for over 24 hours at 32 weeks and i didnt have 1 pain at all no pain releif either i didnt even know what was going on, only realised when they said i had to start pushing and i was like what for lol.
I don't know about you, but my intestines are no longer in the same place they were before- any trapped wind I feel right at the back or much higher up than where the baby is. Ligament pain I feel right at the front, on either side of my bump, and I know there's no way I could be feeling trapped wind there now!
Labour and Braxton Hicks I don't know as I haven't experienced labour, and if I've had BH I haven't noticed.
Braxton hicks (to me) feel like a mild tightening/cramp....round ligaments feel like a sharp pulling pain and real contractions, well for me, there was NO doubting those when they happened...they hurt like hell honestly.
From my personal experience, the only way you can tell it is the real thing is if things become progressively more uncomfortable. Real contractions tend to come in regular waves, Braxton Hicks are more random. You can contract quite silently and relatively painlessly until the last minute, though (this is unlikely with a first birth).
my BH 2nd time round HURT! lol like real contractions and were sometimes regular, but u just need to keep an eye on things as even if they were real contractions you wouldnt be going to the hospital right away anyway lol a couple of times i though i had false starts with Maddison, then they would stop alltogether lol in the end i was induced lol
anything that is constant pain i wouldnt be too worried about and would put down to stretching etc (less its sevre of course lol) contractions come in waves, so if theres a gap between pain keep an eye on it x
Trapped wind and round ligament pain won't make your whole belly get hard. BH are usually but not always painless, but they tend to be more in the belly. Real contractions you will often also feel radiating to your back, and sometimes down your legs. If you have more than 4 contractions in an hour, and they get closer together (even if painless), bleeding/mucus plug loss, and pain then it's most likely real and you should get them checked out.
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