Post # 1
So I know they’re pretty much “practise” contractions… but is it possible to have them and not to feel any pain? Also… When you get Braxton Hicks, is it an all over the belly solid feeling or can it be situated to just a smaller area of the belly?
Im 27 +4 today and have found that my belly is noticably more solid when I’m standing and I figure thats just the size of my little babes… but just now when i’m sitting, there was a spot on my belly (right above my belly button) that got really solid. It didnt necessarily feel like she moved there, it just felt like the spot got really hard all of a sudden. I also noticed it before I even touched it. You think thats my baby?
Post # 2
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You can definitely have BH without knowing it. During one of my exams, the OB had to wait to measure the baby until they were over, and I had no clue I was having them. During the non-stress tests (last month of pregnancy), I often was only aware of the contractions by the monitor. Different for every woman when she notices them, I think. For me, they were more uncomfortable than painful.
Post # 3
Pappy8: Not only can you have Braxton Hicks that you don’t feel, you can also have true labor contractions that you don’t feel. It’s called silent labor.
Lucky me x2!
Post # 4
Pappy8: Half of my labor, I didn’t even feel the contractions! So I would guess it’s possible to have practice contractions and not feel those either.
Post # 5
Pappy8: Im 30w today and I havent had any I can “be sure of”…Ive had some random tightening/hard belly which may have been it, but I believe that BH generally arnt supposed to hurt….they can, but its not the same as real contractions for the most part. A lot of my friends just described them as an annoying/sometimes uncomfortable hard belly, but not painful. Everyones diff and for some people they might hurt, but I’m still waiting for mine lol. I too have had the “is that just Dear Daughter shoving her bum or head our front or…….?” On sunday we had dinner at the IL’s and when we were leaving my belly was SUPER hard, like ….I get pretty firm after I eat a lot but this was like holy crap hard, but I didnt feel anything else really.
Post # 6
julies1949: I think I’ve read something you wrote about silent labor on here before. So, let me get this straight…you didn’t feel any pain whatsoever throughout your entire labor and delivery??!!
Post # 7
LBeeLove: Even silent labor has some pain. In my first delivery, I had the sudden onset of severe crampy pain right across my rectum. I was also only 34 weeks. We lived really close to the hospital. I made my husband take me in right away. I was so clueless -I had no idea it was labor. I just thought something was going wrong.
My son was born about 13 minutes later.
In my second delivery, I ws in the hospital because my waters had broken, the baby was small and again I was premature- this time 3 weeks. I awoke at exactly midnight with the same pain and my dayghter was born 10 minutes later.
I would rate the pains that I did feel about 7/10, nowhere near as bad as kidney stones. I think the fact that I wasn’t tired from laboring also helped with my preception of the discomfort. When I did start to feel something, it was very short lived.
I remember saying to the nurse when I woke at midnight with my second ” I sure hope this is like my first delivery, because if it’s not and this is just the beginning of hours of labor pain that is going to get worse, I am going to be a terrible patient.”
Post # 8
I really never felt many BH contractions. I would occasionally feel some after 25w but only when I was working out. And I could only feel it by putting my hands on my belly, as it didn’t feel uncomfortable. Even at 40w+ weeks I only felt them on a very long walk. And they were pretty painless, only slightly uncomfortable (I mean ever so slightly) after 40w. My whole belly just telt sort of tight and hard.
After 30w (that is when I noticed anyway) if you feel a specific spot that is harder than others it might also be the baby. Their butts can feel like a harder spot. I couldn’t really tell which part was which until after 34w though, after that I could differentiate between feet and butt and hands. The head is supposed to feel sort of like a bowling ball but by the time you can feel it from the outside they are usually head down so I could never actually feel it myself (well unless you can give yourself a vaginal exam lol).
Post # 9
julies1949: WOW you are a lucky lady!!! Send some of that my way!!! 😉
Post # 10
I’m one of the lucky ones (haha) with my son and this pregnancy I get horrible BH. they happen randomly and I can have one or several in an hour but sometimes they make me cry or double over. Very often I find myself holding my breath through them. Very, very similar to the pains I had during actual labor. I actually went through 6 hours of real labor thinking it was just a bad BH day.
My pains are very sharp, lasting between 30-60 seconds and tend to start at the top of my uterus, which I don’t believe is typical. My belly gets very, very tight.
I also get a lot that aren’t painful but I don’t mind those! I just feel everything tighten up but it’s always my whole belly.
Usually when just part of my belly tightens it’s just baby girl stretching or something.
Post # 11
julies1949: Incredible. Thanks for sharing your story!
Post # 12
LadySmurph: I’m glad I’m not the only one that had bad BH! I kept getting worried, like, “am I in pre-term labor? WTF!” But my son didn’t come until 39 weeks (and my BH started at around 14 weeks, although I didn’t realize what they were for a long time). They were often bad when I exercised but also when I wasn’t doing anything. It was so nice to not be pregnant anymore and to no longer have BH haha! I hope I don’t have them the next time I’m pregnant but I guess I probably will……
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
julies1949: Wow, that’s the first I’ve heard of silent labour! I’ll have some of that please for when I graduate from ttc!!