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ctx just in the lower part of my belly

post #1 of 18
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What is up with this? If my uterus is supposed to be tightening, wouldn't it be my whole uterus? The area around my bellybutton and below get hard as a rock, but maybe 2 inches above my bellybutton, it is normal. What's up with this? I am measuring right where I should be.
post #2 of 18
hehe i cant tell you they are NOT always where you would think they are my last 99%ofthem where my lower back and butt
post #3 of 18
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hehe i cant tell you they are NOT always where you would think they are my last 99%ofthem where my lower back and butt


After dd was born, my Granny asked me if I had back labor or 'front' labor. I told her I had bum labor.

The start of a contraction was always signaled by a pain in my bum (probably the huge hemorrhoid I ended up with) that then concentrated in my cervix. It worked though, got the baby out!
post #4 of 18
wait... so you DONT have to feel contractions JUST in your uterus, but contractions more consistently elsewhere? - because i was having a contraction at my last appointment but never actually felt them in the general area described unless i touched and felt the 'hardening'. i feel mine in my back/butt/hips when they happen. i asked, and my OB said, "no, you would not feel them anywhere else BUT there". now i'm confused...
post #5 of 18
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i feel mine in my back/butt/hips when they happen.
That sounds normal to me!

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i asked, and my OB said, "no, you would not feel them anywhere else BUT there". now i'm confused...
Ask 10 different mothers what contractions feel like, and you'll probably get 10 different answers. There is a lot of overlap, of course, but I think it's silly to say that there is only one way to 'feel' a contraction.
post #6 of 18
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PHEW! Ok, I feel better. I thought I was a freak or something. I have blocked out my labor with DD, so I don't remember where my contractions were till I was screaming that i was going to poop. For you first-timers, it feels exactly like you are going to poop when it is time to start pushing. I kept trying to jump up to go to the bathroom. My biggest fear: pooping on the table.
post #7 of 18
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wait... so you DONT have to feel contractions JUST in your uterus, but contractions more consistently elsewhere? - because i was having a contraction at my last appointment but never actually felt them in the general area described unless i touched and felt the 'hardening'. i feel mine in my back/butt/hips when they happen. i asked, and my OB said, "no, you would not feel them anywhere else BUT there". now i'm confused...
I feel mine in my back. I didn't even know they were contractions til my OB told me. He said you could feel them in your back, front, low, high, etc.
post #8 of 18
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For you first-timers, it feels exactly like you are going to poop when it is time to start pushing.


It feels like the biggest poop ever and it is going to rip your bum open but you don't care and PUSH because your baby is coming out! Whoo hoo! Well, that's how it went for me last time, this time I hope I can take it easy and don't feel so desperate to get the baby out. But I have a feeling my mw's won't be threatening me with interventions like the hospital staff were.
post #9 of 18
Contractions that you can only feel in the lower part of your belly are usually BH. Those "tightenings" aren't usually strong enough to pull the uterus down (which is what a true labor ctx will do), so you only feel the tightening in the lower belly. This is what I was able to get from my dr. when I complained about these "lower belly" aches a few months ago. Mind you, no two labor is the same, so you may experience ctxs any number of ways.
post #10 of 18
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It feels like the biggest poop ever and it is going to rip your bum open but you don't care and PUSH because your baby is coming out! Whoo hoo! Well, that's how it went for me last time, this time I hope I can take it easy and don't feel so desperate to get the baby out. But I have a feeling my mw's won't be threatening me with interventions like the hospital staff were.
Yeah, and you don't care if the person who delivers the food trays walks in and sees your hoo-ha at that very moment! or the linen guy. It is funny, now that I look back, when I was pushing, I didn't care WHAT came out as long as the baby was included!
post #11 of 18
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Yeah, and you don't care if the person who delivers the food trays walks in and sees your hoo-ha at that very moment! or the linen guy.
post #12 of 18
haha i told my L&D nurse i had to poop last time with my son shes like NO you dont thats the baby LAD im only 6cm i have to poop nope
ok then PUSH um lady clean up this poop sence i DONT have to poop right?
stupid nurse lol
post #13 of 18
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It is funny, now that I look back, when I was pushing, I didn't care WHAT came out as long as the baby was included!
: I can'ts top laughing over this comment! It's so ... true.

I told my husband the other day that most women poop during labor, and he didn't believe me. i told him to google it, then, but he refused. So I had my sister confirm. I told him I know it sounds horrible and gross, but honestly... it's the last thing on anyone's mind, and a good birth attendant will be there waiting with a warm cloth to hide any evidence.

I then told him that, of course, I was one of the few women who didn't.
post #14 of 18

pooping on the baby

I pooped on my last one and it didn't feel any different than anything else coming out--TMI warning here!

I have IBS and labor with that one was like 3 hours total (unlike the 12 and 16 hours labors with the first 2) so my bowels didn't really have time to clean out and it just happened.

The midwife (different one and place this time around!) b**ched at me about it too (and about making too much noise and pushing wrong and my water splashing on her when she broke my bag and the baby peeing on her when he was born)--luckily I knew it wasn't uncommon or I'd have been majorly traumatized by the whole thing.

My Bradley teacher with the first one showed us her birth films as graduation and I still (11 years ago) remember that in her 2nd birth she was on hands and knees and her rectum gaped wide open as her baby came down--I thought at the time "wow, if her bowels hadn't been empty she'd have pooped all over everything"

Anyway, I'm hoping since this upcoming is planned to be a waterbirth for a quick but not ultrafast labor so that my bowels have a chance to empty--and not so long that I feel compelled to eat during labor because I know it will go right through me--I know people poop in the pool, but I don't wanna!

Oh, back to the original topic of what contractions feel like, I agree with the "different for every woman, every labor" concept. With #3 (the fast one) they felt exactly like those really bad gas pains that you only get when you're pregnant for the first hour or so--and then transition started and they were pretty unmistakable as labor pains--but with #1 and #2 they never felt like gas at all (if I'd realized they weren't gas pains with #3 I'd have made it to the hospital before I was complete ).

-lava
post #15 of 18
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Anyway, I'm hoping since this upcoming is planned to be a waterbirth for a quick but not ultrafast labor so that my bowels have a chance to empty--and not so long that I feel compelled to eat during labor because I know it will go right through me--I know people poop in the pool, but I don't wanna!



-lava
Baby Ruth! What was that movie.. Caddyshack? When they threw the squished up baby ruth in the pool?

When I pushed out DD, after we ogled her and cried and stuff, DH said "Oh, and GOOD JOB, you didn't poop!" I know it is common but still, I would prefer not to. Self-conscious. Which is silly considering all the other stuff that comes out, my hoo-ha exposed for all the world to see, etc.
post #16 of 18
My contractions were very low and wrapped around to my low back. I've had a few of these so far this pg and thought "oh yeah this is what it felt like". (Nervousness has now set in.)

Initially my BH contractions have been low below my belly button and have only started moving upward on my uterus in the last couple of weeks.
post #17 of 18
My contractions always (prelabor and actually labor) hurt worse at the bottom but the whole uterus gets hard.

Now to the other subject.... I feel the same fear about THAT happening in the pool. Is anyone considering an enema to prevent it? How bad are they?
post #18 of 18
I don't know because with my first, I didn't even know I was in labor until I started bleeding, went to the hospital, and they said I was contracting every few minutes. I didn't feel a thing, and hadn't felt any BH during the pg. either. It wasn't until they broke my water the next morning that I felt anything - and it was nothing like what had been explained. The pain wasn't near the uterus, more like bone on bone pain in the pelvis and hips. I had an epidural because there hadn't been a build-up of pain - just 0 to 1000.

This time around, I've been having what I assume are BH, but they tighten my entire uterus and make me really short of breath. (Those are BH, right?) I haven't really felt pain, just discomfort, but I'm hoping that this is preparing my body better than the last time around.

I have no idea about pooping during delivery last time. But it's nice to have another thing to worry about now! LOL
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