Join Date: Mar 2006
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I get painful ones whenever I take a walk longer than about 10 minutes. Also when I do the dishes, weirdly enough. I got some yesterday when I was out all afternoon that kind of scared me--they grabbed up high, at the top of the uterus, and really hurt, felt like I was going to be sick, too. But they always go away when I rest and drink.
I don't know if they dilate you at all. I think it varies. I do know that they make the uterus stronger which can only be a good thing for labor. My midwives say the best way to not go "late" is to stay active and squat instead of sit as much as possible. So I guess if you're in a hurry, keep being active, just don't overdo it such that you're too tired for labor!