Braxton Hicks???

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Braxton Hicks always felt like my entire stomach was tightening up super hard.  I had them from like 26 weeks on, was kind of a pita.  It sounds like that is what you are having.

Post # 4
1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

hardening of the belly definately sounds like braxton hicks to me. Although my bubba used to really push up around that time too. there isnt a whole lot of room in there so when they stretch it is a lot of pressure!!

Post # 5
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s possible you’re having BH, but it’s also possible the baby IS pushing that hard.

When I had BH cx it usually happened when I was walking vigorously or if I overdid it a little bit.  My labor contractions also started out that way, just a hardening and a cramping, but nothing painful.

Post # 6
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am 30+3 and have been getting this EXACT feeling for weeks now. I asked my midwife and she told me it sounded more like baby moving/adjusting/pushing than BH, but I honestly am not fully convinced. I can pretty much feel the body parts when this happens (head/shoulder/bum etc) so that’s where i’m still on the fence on it being just movement vs BH. Curious to see others responses!

Post # 7
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can definitely tell which it is — if it’s baby, I can see the bulge where she’s sticking her tuckus up and out. But if it’s BH, it’s just a general tightening all over the entire belly at once. BH won’t be visible from the outside, at least I’ve never been able to see it happen. I don’t have many BH that I can feel, but LOTS of baby-shoves! You’d be surprised how much leverage they manage to get in there …

Post # 8
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ExcitedScaredBee:  sounds like Braxton hicks to me. I haven’t had it confirmed, but I assume that when my whole belly feels firm to touch, it’s bh, but when it’s only a specific spot, it’s her bum or back.

Post # 9
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had BH and that is what it sounds like.  At first they were just uncomfortable and my whole belly would get super hard.   Practice contractions they call them.  They started around the 7 month mark for me.

Post # 10
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I asked my doctor the same question! She said if it’s just one side (usually) it’s just the baby pushing against ya. And if it’s your entire belly then it’s most likely a BH! 


Post # 12
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

For me BH feels like my whole belly tigthens and gets really outstretched. But when baby is pushing it’s just a small part of the belly that bulges and gets hard.

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