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I've only ever had the pitocin variety and I'm trying to figure out if that's what's going on with me right now or if it's just general pregnant crampyness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
They are just painless tightenings of my uterus, with lost of movement during them, but only last about 30-40 seconds at most. Sometimes I can feel the cramping in my back, too. They are anywhere from 3-20 minutes apart. It really just feels like more downward pressure... really hard to describe! I'd say they're like the BH's I've been getting, except I only get those when I'm doing stuff--right now I'm just SITTING here, being still.<br><br>
So, I'm trying not to get my hopes up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> But for future references, describe your contractions to me, and if applicable, describe how you know when they were "real" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Pretty much just like you described, but I would say the are "real" when they become painful/strong enough to force you to stand with them. That was the case with me anyway.
 

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yep, like the pp said.
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Right now they are perfectly bearable... the annoying part is that I'm still super nauseated from LUNCH today (like, seven hours ago!). Then again, Wendy's probably wasn't the best choice for lunch.<br><br>
Keep 'em coming <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> (since I'm sure some folks had different experiences)
 

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when i just had to walk it out, i was clearly in labor. couldn't sit down or lay down at all.
 

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Like all the pp's said.<br><br>
I found that when I KNEW they were contractions, I was pretty far along already.
 

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Mine were never painful...<br><br><br>
But they were definitely much stronger than the braxton hicks contractions i had throughout my 8th month. However, the supercontractions you had on Pit weren't what you will feel even if you do feel pain. They're NOTHING like those. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My first real contraction stopped me in my tracks. I knew immediately that I was in labour. I felt a sharp crampy pain with each, every two minutes for 40-60 seconds each. Good luck!!!
 

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Not much going on now... maybe I'll be one of those lucky women who don't know it's really labor until she's almost ready to push! I mean, I'd love to have some kind of silver lining to my first pit'ed up labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks for the replies!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not much going on now... maybe I'll be one of those lucky women who don't know it's really labor until she's almost ready to push! I mean, I'd love to have some kind of silver lining to my first pit'ed up labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I had a long drawn out, super painful pitocin labor with DD#1. Now, with DD#2 when the contrax got pretty painful I went to the hospital and 30 minutes later I was holding her... so it definitely happens! Good Luck Mamma!
 

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I knew they were real when they started hurting like the devil. I am prone to lots and lots of BH practically from Day One so for me it was a bit harder to tell. When I started getting loose bowels, bloody show, and this awful diarrhea-like cramps that wouldn't go away, I knew it was time. (Mind you, I was 2 weeks overdue and it took me a whole 5 hours of this for me to decide it was labor!)
 

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Contractions require my full concentration when they are hard labor ctx.<br><br>
The only time they were painful during my first labor was when I felt the urge to push and the OB wouldn't "let" me because I wasn't dilated enough. Oh, also when the red cross volunteer talked to me and expected me to answer her annoying questions when I was contracting.<br><br>
During my hb the only time they hurt was when I had my only vaginal exam.<br><br>
Aside from these instances they didn't cause me any pain. They were full body contractions. I can't even begin to describe them. They were part of my being. I was without time. For the duration of the contraction I <b>was</b> the contraction. To this day if someone were to ask me where in my body I felt the contraction during labor I wouldn't have any idea where I felt them. I lost my identity and just became a woman who was there but not really. It was like I was operating my body by remote control. It was intense and a bit exilerating. Both times I was a little surprised when it ended. I could have gone on for much longer.
 

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My Braxton-Hicks contractions always felt like what contractions 'should' feel like, but my real contractions felt like a fire between and in my hips. I had forgotten that after my second was born, and when I had my first early labor contraction with my third, I instantly remembered that was how real contractions felt for me. I kind of felt like a dummy for all the times I had BH and thought labor was starting, since there was such an obvious difference between the two types of contractions, but I had just forgotten.
 

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I had what you're describing, at that frequency, for the last week or so, maybe? Then out of the blue, one of them HURT, and I was in labor.
 

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I at first get some burning in my lower back which which gently comes in waves. It then grows consistently stronger and moves to my abdomen, this is where you want them to be because then you can go into real labor.<br><br>
I usually feel an intense pressure, pushing down when it comes to real labor.
 

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my early labor ctx felt like a really bad charley horse ... active labor ctx felt like my hips were popping out of their sockets. i never had bh, or if i did, i didn't notice them.
 

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Mine felt like really intense BH but were accompanied by lots of pressure on my pelvis. The first two I had, I was so relaxed (and in the middle of a HypnoBabies CD) that it felt like a really great pregnancy orgasm. My orgasms feel different when I am pregnant, I feel them all over my uterus, pelvis, back - tightening and pressure.
 

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I had contractions yesterday morning and they were about 5 minutes apart and up to 2 minutes long. They increased in intensity and I had back pain. The contraction would start out soft, build to the peak, and then fade off but sometimes it would fade into the next contraction. I had double contractions with my son but I was on pitocin. Changing positions didn't work and I had to concentrate at the peak of them. My braxton-hicks aren't like that. They are just tightening in my uterus that don't hurt at all and I can barely feel unless they get a tad bit uncomfortable.
 

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What you're describing were braxton hicks for me. They started about 34 weeks and continued until I went into labor. Labor felt like tightening too, but was accompanied by the lower, just above my pubic bone cramp as well. I never felt any pain (for me labor was painful, YMMV) above my belly button. HTH!
 
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