Post # 1
I’m 37+1 weeks. For the past 2 weeks or so, when I’m laying down or reclining, I’ll get this sensation that my baby is pushing his entire back/butt upward against my stomach. My stomach gets hard and pushes outward, but I always assumed it was the baby doing this.
Sometimes I wonder how my baby is pushing so hard upwards, because it doesn’t really have a whole lot to push against, and the pressure is pretty strong.
Now I’m starting to wonder if I’m actually having Braxton Hicks contractions.
Has anyone else had this type of sensation?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
@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
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
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 # 11
Thanks for all the feedback!
Most of the time when I feel this sensation, I feel it in the whole area above my belly button from one side to the other, but I think the area below my belly button stays pretty soft. The thing that really threw me is that the baby is heads down and has been for weeks, so it seems like too big of an area for the baby to press upwards.
I’ll just chalk it up to another one of those “question marks” that has come with pregnancy. I’m sure when I start to feel the real thing, I’ll know 🙂
Post # 12
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.