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Old 02-15-2011, 01:51 AM - Thread Starter
 
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This might be the dumbest thread ever, but...  I'm curious.

 

This is my second pregnancy (DS1 turns 2 in April), and, well, it feels like my uterus is flopping around inside of me.  Or I guess, lolling around...  Shifting around...  I don't know.

 

During the night I tend to shift between sides, and when I roll over, I'll feel my uterus kind of sliiiiiiiiide slowly from the side I was just lying on, to the side that gravity is now pulling down.  It's, I don't know, disconcerting.  It will go all the way from one side, to the other.  When I wake up in the morning, I usually roll off of my side, to my back, and check my email and my calendar for the day.  And when my bladder is all full and I roll to my stomach like that, I can literally feel my uterus over by my hip bone there for a minute.  And then it kind of slooooooowly settles into a more mid-lying place in my abdomen.

 

FWIW, I'm a fairly small person, about 120lbs before pregnancy.  I don't think it's just simple abdominal weakness, because I've got some pretty strong abs (so strong, that when my midwife was checking my uterus, she commented on my strong ab muscles).  And I know it's not the baby's movement, because this is not early movement type stuff (I'm getting little tickles... the baby is too small to make these sensations).  But for second (or third, or fourth) time mamas, is the shifty feeling just something that comes with second time pregnancies?  Is it just that my ligaments are more stretchy, or do my organs just shift to accommodate more easily, or what?  Are you getting the shifties?  My uterus definitely didn't shift around like this with DS1. 


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I got this with DD2.  I think it's 2 factors:

 

1) your round ligaments and so on, having already once borne the weight of a full term pregnancy, are a little stretchier and looser the 2nd time around, &

 

2) having already HAD a full term pregnancy and felt all the kicks and so on, and had HCP's feel said uterus to determine lie and movement of the first baby, YOU are much more aware of where your uterus is and what it's doing.  With #1 these sensations might have been dismissed as gas/bowel movements, because you weren't that AWARE of your uterus anyway.

 

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I agree with pp.

 

I'm on my fifth pregnancy that made it to 12 weeks, and yes, my uterus can be "floppy" I guess. lol!  I think it IS the round ligaments.  They stretch so much faster each pregnancy.


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yes... yes... and super yes. Weird huh? LOL


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Uuuugh.  That feeling almost makes me sick.  It reminds me a LOT of those first few days postpartum, where I could feel my guts shifting around every time I rolled over or got up (absolutely doing belly binding this time around).  The round ligaments being more stretchy is a really good explanation.  I never thought I'd want to be less stretchy!

 

I definitely don't think it's just due to my awareness...  If this had been happening in pregnancy number one, I would have mistaken it for huge baby movements!  It's just NOT a comfortable feeling at all.  Ick.


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This is number three for me and I do not remember this with the past two. I feel it move a little. The craziest thing for me is when I wake up in the morning and my bladder is full I feel my fundus way way over on my left side. I kept wondering if it was maybe something in my intestines, but when it happens every morning for a month I kind of doubt it!


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I haven't felt is during pregnancy ( baby no. 5 for me, pregnancy no 7) but I do hate that postpartum feeling like everything is going to fall out!
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Uuuugh.  That feeling almost makes me sick.  It reminds me a LOT of those first few days postpartum, where I could feel my guts shifting around every time I rolled over or got up (absolutely doing belly binding this time around).  The round ligaments being more stretchy is a really good explanation.  I never thought I'd want to be less stretchy!

 

I definitely don't think it's just due to my awareness...  If this had been happening in pregnancy number one, I would have mistaken it for huge baby movements!  It's just NOT a comfortable feeling at all.  Ick.



When you said you are going to do belly binding (me too!) it made me wonder if maybe you would benefit from using a maternity support belt now? It might help you feel more "held together" you know?

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I am not sure if this is related or not, but I was wondering if anyone else noticed it... Earlier in the PG when I would exercises I felt so heavy down low, almost like my cervix would drop out of me at any moment. I took it easy on my workouts for a while because it felt so odd. Now that my uterus has popped up over my pubic bone I have not noticed it at all, but I wonder if this was a similar/related sensation. I did not feel it prior to getting pg, maybe just weeks 7-11.


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This is my eigth pregnancy (seventh baby) and my uterus is literally all over the place : )  I have felt it above my belly button, way over to both sides, etc.  I chalk it up to loose abdominal tone, lose round ligaments and a few cesareans before I got on the homebirth wagon, and having 10 lb. plus babies nearly every time : )  I think it is totally normal!

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It is normal. There are things you can do to help (I forget who was going to go get the mayan abdominal massage now, but it helps!) - massage, support and such. If your uterus is sitting low and then you get pregnant and increase the weight of it, it'll feel heavy around your cervix.

You have your round ligaments that connect from the sides of your uterus to (of all places) your outer labia - they're there to keep your uterus from going to high up (if you're hanging upside down or something.

http://tummytime.onslow.org/tummytime/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Round-Ligament.jpg

You have your uterosacral ligament (also in that picture) connecting to your sacrum to keep your uterus from falling too far forward and you have your broad ligaments attaching to your hips to keep it from falling too far from one side to the other.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_ligament_of_the_uterus (i cannot find one showing how it's attached to the bone, but you can see the curved shape of it - it fits the curves of your pelvis)

Aaaalll of these stretch and all of them can cause pain and if one is spasmed, it'll pull your uterus that way. If it's overstretched, it won't support like it's supposed to.

All pregnancy things blame the round ligaments for everything, though, and I find it odd.

 

I feel better now, thank you.


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When you said you are going to do belly binding (me too!) it made me wonder if maybe you would benefit from using a maternity support belt now? It might help you feel more "held together" you know?



I bough 3 of them when I was pregnant with DS1.  I had some pretty bad pubic joint pain that I hoped they would help, and I'm so petite, none of them fit right.  I've got an obnoxiously short torso that makes them all too long, basically irked.gif

 


 

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It is normal. There are things you can do to help (I forget who was going to go get the mayan abdominal massage now, but it helps!) - massage, support and such. If your uterus is sitting low and then you get pregnant and increase the weight of it, it'll feel heavy around your cervix.

 

It's not heaviness, and thankfully not a cervical sensation.  It's just when I'm rolling around in bed, I can feel my uterus rolling around inside me.  When I'm upright I don't even notice being pregnant yet...


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seein how youre still pretty early ...how bout something like a spanx garment? or even a belly band?

 

and yeah..its normal

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seein how youre still pretty early ...how bout something like a spanx garment? or even a belly band?

 

and yeah..its normal


I don't think the belly band would be taut enough to keep my uterus in place.  It's a slow sliiiiiiide from one side to the other.  I don't think a corset would help, let alone a belly band.  Although that thing is sure starting to feel snug in the daytime, that's for sure (the belly band, I mean, I am not wearing a corset every day).


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I don't think the belly band would be taut enough to keep my uterus in place.  It's a slow sliiiiiiide from one side to the other.  I don't think a corset would help, let alone a belly band.  Although that thing is sure starting to feel snug in the daytime, that's for sure (the belly band, I mean, I am not wearing a corset every day).


You can use a faja!

http://geantherapies.com/Using%20a%20faja.pdf


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You can use a faja!

http://geantherapies.com/Using%20a%20faja.pdf


What a FABULOUS link!!  That is getting bookmarked for sure!


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What a FABULOUS link!!  That is getting bookmarked for sure!


Yay! They're fabulous. The knot in the front puts very gentle pressure on your uterus, helping to hold it in place better as well.  If you feel that you have a side-leaning uterus, you can put the knot where you think it is :)


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