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I am 36 weeks and have been having stabbing crampy pain and a hard belly lasting a minute or so, is that bh or contractions? It makes me so nausous everytime I have one. It is in my back also if that matters. I had a sheduled c-section with my 1st so I don't know what contractions really are.<br><br>
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Are they regular? Or just here and there? If they are just here and there, they are more than likely BH. But the achiness/crampiness is good, it probably means you are doing a bit of work there even if it's just 'practice' contractions. I had achy contractions here and there for about a week or more before I went into labour. I always wondered if this was it and before I knew it they had petered out.<br><br>
Very early labour wasn't much different for me than what you are describing, they were pretty regular, about 7 minutes apart (mine were fairly close together right from the start, they just increased in intensity and length). However, they picked up really quickly to the point where there was no question anymore whether they were "real" contractions.
 

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I agree that if they are not regular and growing in intensity over a short period of time (within 12 hours) then they are probably Braxton Hicks. Which is good, meaning your body is getting ready to do its thing. I had them with baby number 2 starting at about 8 mos. so it doesn't mean you'll be having your baby anyday now either. Just getting ready.
 

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For me ctrx feel like really really strong menstrual cramps that stop you in your tracks.<br><br>
BH ctrx feel like my uterus gets really hard and uncomfortable and a little painful.
 

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For me they felt a lot like constipation or intestinal cramps for the first few hours.
 

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For me labor contractions started out like menstrual cramps, only bigger as my uterus was bigger. The BH contrax toward the end of my pregnancy felt much the same, they just weren't regular. If you are having stabbing pains in your back maybe it means your baby is posterior? I don't really know as I didn't experience back labor.<br>
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For me, menstrual cramps, plus back ache from hell. Including a tightening feeling in my uterus. Progressively getting stronger and fairly regular. I also had back labour which was also a sharp pain in my back every contrax.<br><br>
With my first pregnancy BH contrax were just tightening, maybe a little pain. With this one, they hurt like the dickens, but I'm told by several moms that they're not very nice subsequent pregnancies.
 

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yup me too
 
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