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Hi everyone! I'm new to the site and have a question. I'm 37 1/2 weeks pregnant. This is my 2nd child. My first was born at 33 weeks due to severe preeclampsia, so all of this 3rd trimester stuff is new to me. I have a fetal non-stress test every week and they show me when I have a contraction, but I cannot feel them at all. I can look at it happening on the chart, but nothing feels different to me. I'm scared I'm going to have this baby on the couch and never feel one. The dr and nurses assure me that I'll feel the real thing eventually. Can anyone describe one better than the uterus tightening? Call me stupid, but I don't even know at this point where my uterus is. I have heard that your stomach gets real hard and tight, and I do feel that, but I think it's just the baby's head (or feet or something). Can anyone please give me a better description of a contraction? Thank you.
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replied June 23rd, 2008
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The contractions you see on the NST are most likely BH contractions. Once the REAL contractions come on, you'll know it.

I was induced, and my contractions never got too severe (had a c-section). My contractions got to the point where they felt like bad menstrual cramps. I've heard that they get more and more intense. I highly doubt you're not going to feel them, unless you have no pain or pressure receptors from your waist down.

Good Luck!
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replied April 13th, 2011
Contractions/injuries/ trimester
I have not experienced any contractions yet either. So far, my stomache/abdominals have been normal up untill a recent injury. It was painful around the area where I was affected and bruised, but that is about it. I am about 32 weeks going on 33 at this time. The only thing I have experienced in my preganancy has been about 2 weeks of morning sickness and during the first trimester an infection that was completely healed. I am confused about when my contractions will start, and if the injury to me has caused any complications that will further affect me? Sara from Tualatin, OR
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replied June 23rd, 2008
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Hard and tight and painful, like a muscle contracted as hard as it can and hold it... hold it... hold it... slowly release... slowly... slowly...

Its kind of like that, in a rhythmic pattern. Add in a touch of pain, just a little, and that is the begining of some labors.

Trust me, you start having enough contractions and you are going to know what it is.
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replied January 10th, 2010
I love your description Mabel.

I'm also on my second pregnancy and I was induced last time so my contractions were really painful and I was quick to ask for an epidural. A month after I had my daughter, I became preggo again with my son who's due in 7 more weeks, (just 2 days after his sister turns 10 months). With the preganancies being so close my risk of preterm labor is at 32% and I think I've been feeling labor contractions. I'm so busy with my daughter, but I have rehydrated myself profusely, I'm drinking 84 or more ounces of water a day and I'm still getting menstrual like cramps in my abdomen and back. I've emptied my bowels like 3 times since yesterday, so I'm not constipated or gassy. I'm constantly laying down and sitting, I play with my daughter on my bed or on the couch mostly, and only get up to feed her, change her, bathe her or for myself. Overall, I've been on a self-imposed bed rest. Even with all these pointing towards contractions, my son, he still moves, although not as often...I'm confused.

I don't want to go to the hospital because I don't want to have my fiance come and then find out I'm not going into labor anytime soon. He is the sole provider right now, and he needs as much down time as he can get. When he's not at work he's home with me helping me take care of Sarah and myself.
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