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The past two times DH and I have dtd, I've been having what I think might be *real* contractions. Then again, I could be paranoid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
These contractions are actually crampy, as opposed to the BH I've been having forever now- the first time it happened, the top of my uterus felt cramped, and last night, it was the bottom of my womb that felt crampy. Also, my belly changes shape- usually a sex-induced contraction will just make my belly hard, but DH has been saying that now, they make my belly all pointy. I remember Clara was saying something about this in another thread, so I was wondering if I needed to worry.<br><br>
Oh, I checked my cervix the last time this happened, and it felt like it was starting to open. Today, it definitely feels soft and slightly open. I don't have these types of ctx often (DH has been working long hours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ), but should I worry? Is this happening to anyone else?
 

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I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you lose fluid or plug, or if the contractions are regular and prolonged. DTD has been causing some crampy, pointy contractions here, too, but only for about an hour or so.<br><br>
Post-O in a non-pregnant body, a uterus contracts and lifts also. We just don't notice it as much (or at all) when we're not pregnant.<br><br>
I have heard that EPO, RRL tea, sex, spicy food, and all sorts of other inducive things will only bring on labor if labor is trying to initiate to begin with. So unless you were going to have preterm labor anyway, sex shouldn't <i>cause</i> it. Does that make sense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Don't do things that are painful or uncomfortable, and go with your body's signals.<br><br>
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Thanks, Clara. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I figured I was worrying over nothing (as is my habit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ), but I wanted to be sure. I've never done this before, and it's all so new and exciting, you know?
 

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I definately know! It is really strange when it's you (not <b>you</b>, you; but oneself "you!") Every time I drink the fourth glass of iced RRL tea, or eat grilled pineapple, I question myself.<br><br>
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Hi,<br><br>
I am on (modified) bedrest, because they thought my contractions were too many & too strong...& they said no sex because it can really get your contractions going. But I know they say it's fine for most people...so if your MW okays it, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I read a list a while back of people that should avoid sex, but I can't remember where that was. It had people who are on bedrest, signs of or previous ptl, and that kind of thing. In general, it should be okay.
 

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I've been having lots of ctx exactly like the ones you've described. My belly hardens, I get menstrual like cramping and I often get slightly out of breath. But my MWs said that as long as they're not becoming regular or getting any worse then I shouldn't really worry about it. So I'm not... until the next one comes along. It is a nerve wracking time that's for sure. A friend of mine who went into labor at 32 weeks (they were able to hold it off with bed rest till 36 weeks) told me the other day "wow! if you were me you'd be going into labor in 2 weeks!" Scared the crap out of me.
 
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