So when i walk through the grocery store, or long walks etc, i get this really bad pressure, not painful, but pressure on what almost feels like my bladder. Then I begin "cramping" it can either be in one side or another or both, and its never consistent. The cramping isnt like a braxton hicks thing because is more like muscular or something. Anyone else experiencing this? I just dont want it to be something and not do anything about it.
I will often get that crampy feeling after a contraction. It doesn't generally stick around too long. If I go on a particularly long walk (>30 minutes) or fast-paced walk then I'll either get BH or round ligament pain almost every time.
This is just me, but I would only be concerned if there was spotting or maybe more discharge than usual. I've had days where I was crampy off and on throughout the day, so more than likely I was just moving around more than I did the day before. I'm pretty sure I've experienced what you're describing, but if it makes you feel better go ahead and get some reassurance from your doc :)
I've always assumed that the pressure was baby's head putting weight on that lower part of my pelvis- bladder/cervix/something like that. I get it if I'm upright for longer than normal- a long work shift, lots of walking, lots of cleaning or cooking while on my feet. I especially get it badly if I'm climbing on and off things (dusting ceilings, anyone else?) or doing a lot of stairs. I've just assumed I've "engaged" that baby for some time, and then when I lay down and rest baby pops up again.
Cramping- sometimes I think when baby is in a different position than normal, my muscles are like "whoa, what?!" and start feeling tight. Not crampy exactly (sort of? but not in that wave-like way that I associate with cramps), but definitely tight. My babies are almost always posterior (grr!) so when they flip anterior and the weight of their backs is hanging forward, I start feeling very odd in my belly.
I've never had a round ligament pain as a tight/crampy feeling only sharp and pulling, and if it were a BH's you should be able to feel it through your own belly- maybe not by sensation, but if you touch your belly it should be hard all over.
So just an update, i talked to my OB at my appointment and she said i needed to wear a belly band, and use a support belt, apparently what i was feeling was contractions, well one long one, she says its normal..... interesting to me i always thought contractions were like period cramps so i had no idea
Haha, every time I stand up I get a cramp/contraction. It starts low by my bladder and tightens its way up. The way I can really tell is if the top of my uterus is hard since the twins make the bottom hard constantly with their heads positioned there. I was going to get a belly band but didn't hear it helped with BH contractions, just with ligament pain. Let me know if it works for you.
Weird... I've always heard of support bands as being good for increasing contractions by helping to position the baby more evenly over your cervix, but I guess if your uterus is overworked maybe it would contract...more...? No idea. Strikes me as a bit odd, though.
Could also look at increasing your magnesium, look at diet (coffee, chocolate, and some other things I can't remember can increase contractions).
It definitely helped me with contractions and the residual pain. I was having a lot of muscle pain - this being my third, and me not being in the best of shape to begin with, my abdominal muscles can't hold anything in any more. The contractions were probably a combination of things, but the pain was miserable, and lasted days after the contractions stopped. Heck, even an hour in the support belt helped with the pain.
It's only liable to increase contractions if the baby is already in a presentation position, which I know for me is not the case. This little one is lying transverse and has been for a while (which is contributing to the pain). Lifting my uterus back up into my core isn't going to increase contractions just because there's no presenting part sitting on my cervix at this point. Although even with DS, who was vertex for months, he wasn't low enough to put pressure on my cervix until the very end.