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#1 of 12 Old 04-09-2006, 04:16 PM - Thread Starter
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I feel like I can't do any walking these days beyond walking to the car, yesterday I took dd to the museum and we had to walk 2 blocks and I swear I just had one long contraction the entire time and then walking though the museum was even more fun and they just got stronger. There not really painful per say but they are uncomfortable and make me want to stop walking NOW. Grocery shopping is really fun These contractions don't seem to come and go and just feel like a non stop one and the more I walk the more pain and my poor uterus is hard as a rock. Any suggestions? I make sure to stay well hydrated because of hypermesis this pregnancy so I know its not dehydration. Its been going on for at least a week now and I'm only 30 weeks, a friend swears I'm going to have this baby soon because of it.

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When my friend was preg with her first, we used to go for walks around a lake at her office. Most of the time, she'd get exactly what you're describing. I think it's technically B-H, maybe accompanied by some ligament pulling? Not sure. Her baby was full term, btw. Now she's preg again, and we were walking through Walmart around 36 weeks, and she had more B-H, similarly to what she had when we used to walk around that lake.

Sorry I can't speak from my own experience... I haven't walked past 29 weeks yet, since that's when my water broke last time. So I wasn't even feeling B-H yet (you probably feel them earlier in subsequent pregnancies).

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It sounds like what I had from around 25 weeks with my last pregnancy... so NOT fun... and I was teaching at the time. UGH! I'm pretty darn sure mine were BH. The only thing that helped, actually, was drinking way more water than I thought humanly possible. It was difficult because I could only get to the toilet every so often... but it made the rock hard tummy ease up (it only seemed to completely go away when I was relaxed at home!).

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hi - i know just what you are talking about it. i had tjem with my 1st baby and again during this pregnancy. i would laugh when my dr. asked if i was having more than 4 contractions in an hour - i told her that that's about how long my contractions are! i swear that yesterday, all day i had one long contraction! though i was put on bedrest this time, i am 36 weeks on wed and the 1st preg. i was induced at 39 weeks. i don't think that they are doing anything but making me crazy - hope this helps!
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I also get this!!! I had it during my last pregnancy as well. I told my midwife about it and she said it must be the way I am holding my abdominal muscles or something? I really dont think its b-h because I have those too but they feel different. The b-h are when my tummy gets hard for a minute or so and is brought on usually when i get up or move a certain way. But this only happens when I start walking, and it doesnt let up until I stop walking! By the way, with my last baby I had this starting in my second trimester and I was 2 weeks late and induced. So I dont think its a good indicator of when you will deliver.
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Originally Posted by Satori
Its been going on for at least a week now and I'm only 30 weeks, a friend swears I'm going to have this baby soon because of it.
I've been doing this for a few weeks now and I'm almost 36 weeks now. I did it for weeks with ds and he was born at 39+6. My body just likes to prep A LOT and walking seems to cause more of those ctx. The other day I had to quickly run into two different stores and what a bunch of pelvic pressure, ctx and need to potty!

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You only need to worry about them if they continue after you stop walking. I've never been able to tell if I'm having ctx while walking because my uterus always hurts and is always hard when I'm walking around. As long as it goes away when I sit down, I don't worry.

Be careful about drinking too much water. I've just heard recently that too much water can upset your electrolyte balance and set off ctx. If you do drink a ton of water and you are still have ctx try adding some gatorade or something similar.
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I'm experiencing the same thing, and had it with my first pg, too. It is uncomfortable, and always makes me wonder how the heck I'm supposed to stay active when things hurt. To me, being uncomfortable is a sign to stop and rest. For me it wasn't any indication of early labor, though. It's tough with a toddler. When I am feeling good, I try to take advantage of it.
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Oh, I am right there with you -- I am a hair over 34 weeks and have been having *exactly* what you describe for a week or two now -- my poor belly is rock hard more often than not and walking is very uncomfy, slow going (which is hard because I don't drive and therefore need to walk a *lot*).

I do find they are worse when I am dehydrated, or that a lot of times they are a sign that I need to pee (which is also more often than not these days!).
I keep telling myself that it just means I'm gonna have a *very* well-conditioned uterus for labor, but I have called the midwife on occasion, just to see if it's something more ...

Hugs to you, hang in there!
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I understand the non-stop rock hard tummy. Last preg. I knocked over a rather small 5th grader when I turned around too close to him. oops. I just felt like my belly was always hard.
Similar issues now, except that I can lie down and rest now that I am only responsible for a 3 year old.

Children deserve the respect of puzzling it out.
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Ditto over here. Yesterday, I cleaned out the pantry (in prep for Passover) and got this amazingly hard uterus that wouldn't let up (and was accompanied by upper back pain from working). Luckily, it eased up after I took a shower, b/c it would have sucked to go to a seder with that kind of rock hard uterus!

My belly support bra really helped with the rock hard uterus when walking contractions, tho. (And with my back pain). I think I forgot to wear it for the first part of cleaning yesterday or something...
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I have been feeling this for the past few weeks. Mine do not stop when I stop thou. They will continue for at least a hour afterwards. At least I am guessing it is ctx. A BAD cramp feeling, and a hard tummy, like there is a rock in there or something. (Can you tell this is my first kid? lol)

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