|well, everyone is different. I'm 38 wks too but with my second and I have contractions all the time. They are just now starting to get strong and very noticable.
With mine, my stomach gets hard all over, and I get a crampy like feeling that goes up my stomach. When I have a strong one I can feel it on the back of my uterus and in my back. When I first started getting them I thought it was just him streching but he isn't that big and I know he is head down so his butt is sticking up and he can't make all of my tummy hard as a rock. It is almost like you really have to go potty (#2) and then you go to the potty, sit down the pain goes away and you don't have to go. But that is just how it is for me. ( sorry if that sounds gross)
i hope I have helped you some. I pray you have a fast and safe delivery.
I am 38wks too and I have been feeling that too and I thought it was just him stretching out, then at the doctor she told me it was braxton hicks contractions. I have been having them all day , they do not hurt, but sometimes I feel crampy like I am having a period, and then I have had shooting pains that travel down my legs, and right now I have the worst case of heartburn so its time for rolades . Lol
|thanks for the responses! That helps me a lot.
I'm not even sure if i've been having bh contractions, I do notice sometimes when I touch my belly that it's very hard but I don't feel any tightening, cramping or pain. I'm so anxious to deliver!!!! I'm hoping I go early I really can't wait any longer.
Anyone have any suggestions for speeding this up....My doctor said she won't have me induced until i'm at least a week late. I don't think I can wait that long:)
|when you are in labor, you will know believe me. It is a pain that starts out low and kinda like period cramps but they rise in intensity and radiate all over the lower-- middle stomach. They are also felt in the back same exact way, and sometimes both stomach and back at the same time. I had full back labor with one of my children out of 3. They will get harder and stomach will harden with them, and will get much much closer together.
Good luck--safe and speedy delivery to all full term ladies, well, and all the rest too!!! Just not today
|that's what i've been wondering too is how to tell when you are having contractions. I am 38 weeks pregnant exactly tomorrow-due february 1st. The last couple prenatal appointments I had my Dr. Told me that my cervix is still shut, but he was able to feel my babys' head so maybe that's good news....As far as labor starting soon. I don't know thought, this is gonna be my first baby.|
|thanks i'm sure that I will know when it's the real thing or I could always go to the hospital and see, worse comes to worse they'd just send me home if it's false labor. I've been having really bad back aches, my stomach gets hard a lot but I doubt it's the real thing yet.|