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I am on my second full term pregnancy. My first one was in 2004, I don't remember much of it or the delivery because it all went by so fast so I'm still having concerns about contractions. It seems to happen mostly when I eat, ocasionally other times too. I guess what I'm trying to do is figure out if these are really contractions! I don't get period like cramps but my stomach does get hard and is very sore. Sometimes they happen one right after the other but then they just dissapear and don't come back for a few days. My due date is July 20th and I'm set for a c-section on July 15th but I don't feel like i'm going to make it that far. She has already dropped and its very hard for me to walk around. Not to mention how lazy I just got. I used to be able to get up every morning and head out for my errands, now all I want to do is sleep! Its like it just happened over night!
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replied June 8th, 2008
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The third trimester to me has always been the most awful thing to have to go through. Figure, the baby feet are up by your rib cage causes horrific pain at times. And even if the baby is not engaged in the birth canal, I causes so much stress and discomfort on you bladder. Yes, third trimester is hell on wheels. I have three boys and as I remember, I don't really think anthing I eat caused me any more discomfort then I already had. I would take you questions i[ with you OB. At least then you can cover all bases.
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replied June 8th, 2008
it sounds like what your having is "braxton Hicks" its a mild form of contractions, trust me, real labor pains are WAY worse. I'm about 6 months and I already get them too, im on my third pregnancy, both prior have been carried to term. The best thing for you to do when you get them is try resting, you are going to need your strength anyway Smile Put your feet up and put a pillow between your legs, this helped and still does help me. And you might be getting some discomfort when you eat because of the lack of room in there, remember your tummy shrinks considerably especially in the third trimester. Good luck and congrats on your new baby Smile
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replied June 8th, 2008
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You might want to consider eating smaller meals so that your stomach doesn't expand so much. Maybe instead of three regular meals, eat five or six small meals. That'll keep your stomach from puffing up with food, since there's not much room left in there for it! Hopefully that helps, but it wouldn't hurt to mention it to your OB at your next appointment either.

Good luck!
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replied July 15th, 2008
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Yes, obviously the babies weight is up there. Not enough room for it to engage into the bith canal. Or might be facing the wrong way and to big to do a forcept turn on it. If that is the case, you are having a good size baby and no wonder you are having this discomfort. "C" sections are done for many reasons. But this is the most common.
You also have to realize, if the baby is big, it is also pushing on all your intestinal tract too.
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