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   Friday, September 30, 2005  

Oh, isn't this fun?

I have had these strange feelings in my stomach one to two (sometimes three) times a day for the past few days. Finally last night I analyzed what it feels like and made a startling revelation. They're contractions.

Seriously...an odd feeling in my stomach that starts out feeling like a lot of fetal movement. Then if I touch my stomach? It's rock hard. It causes no pain whatsoever and lasts 30-60 seconds.

I looked it up and it sounded like Braxton Hicks contractions. I called the peri's office and the nurse told me exactly what I thought: Braxton Hicks. The only other possibility she said since it's localized areas and not my entire stomach is that sometimes it could be a tightening feeling caused strictly by the movements of the lowercase. The thing that gets me is that it is so localized. The hardest part of my stomach is a spot the size of my fist immediately to the right of my belly button. The nurse found that odd and that is the reason she suggests that it could in part be fetal movement, otherwise she thinks it sounds exactly like Braxton Hicks.

She informed me that this is extremely common in the third trimester which I am on the borderline of now (Depending on whether you consider full-term to be 37 or 40 weeks; by one I am in the 3rd tri, by the other I'm a bit shy of 2 weeks from it. My peri's office tends to look at the border between first and second tri based on 40 weeks but between second and third based on 37 as that would have the baby reach viability at week 24, the first week of the third trimester). Further she said that the only time I have to worry is if they are accompanied by pain, if there is bleeding with the contractions, or if I have more than four of these contractions in an hour.

Hoping that none of that happens and trying to stay optimistic in it all.

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  Comments about my post, "Oh, isn't this fun?":
I love braxton hicks. Mine felt exactly the same way. I especially get a kick out of the hard spot you so aptly described.
So glad that your getting far enough along to have these!
Anxiously holding my breath for you over here. You're doing such a great job.
Braxton-Hicks good. Extremely common good. Staying IN good.

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