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Does your belly ALWAYS get hard with contractions? emotional mama x2! 18 kids; South Dakota 23 posts
10th Sep '12

So, I feel really silly asking this question since this isn't my first pregnancy, but for the life of me I can't remember how it felt the first time! Can you have true contractions w/o having your belly get hard? Or if your belly doesn't get hard, does that mean they are definitely BH? Thanks in advance!

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting emotional mama x2!:" So, I feel really silly asking this question since this isn't my first pregnancy, but for the life of ... [snip!] ... w/o having your belly get hard? Or if your belly doesn't get hard, does that mean they are definitely BH? Thanks in advance!"


I was having contractions when I went in to be induced and I couldnt even tell lol. Only the monitors on my belly could tell, I couldnt feel anything. SO yes, you can have contractions without your belly getting hard.

B&R + J 1 child; 2 angel babies; Germantown, Ohio 3749 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting emotional mama x2!:" So, I feel really silly asking this question since this isn't my first pregnancy, but for the life of ... [snip!] ... w/o having your belly get hard? Or if your belly doesn't get hard, does that mean they are definitely BH? Thanks in advance!"


My stomach always got hard with BH. But it started to get hard more often one day, then started with period cramps and that's how i knew i was in labor.



Even while in the hospital, after my epidural, the only reason i knew i was having one was because of my stomach getting hard

Mrs. Nesbitt Due November 3 (boy); 1 child; Kansas City, Kansas 1894 posts
10th Sep '12

my belly gets hard with BH...



but i hope it'll give me plenty of warning when its the real deal. i don't wanna be playing guessing games! haha.

emotional mama x2! 18 kids; South Dakota 23 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting Becky☮Will:" I was having contractions when I went in to be induced and I couldnt even tell lol. Only the monitors ... [snip!] ... monitors on my belly could tell, I couldnt feel anything. SO yes, you can have contractions without your belly getting hard."


Oh great, lol!! The reason I'm so concerned is I had 100% back labor with my son (I was 36 weeks 4 days when I went into labor with him), and I've been having occasional back pains now, but I wasn't sure if I should be concerned about them or not (I'm 35 weeks 3 days) since my belly isn't getting hard! I just saw my doctor this morning and told her I wasn't having any contractions, figuring the back pains were just from carrying around this LO, haha!! Now I don't know for sure...she said I am 1cm dialated and 50% effaced...but didn't seem concerned about it....so hopefully this little girl can stay put for awhile longer!!

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting emotional mama x2!:" Oh great, lol!! The reason I'm so concerned is I had 100% back labor with my son (I was 36 weeks 4 ... [snip!] ... and 50% effaced...but didn't seem concerned about it....so hopefully this little girl can stay put for awhile longer!! "


hmm now that you say it thats what was happening to me too. I didnt actually feel the contractions until my water broke (which happened just a few hours before I was supposed to be induced so I didnt end up having to be induced) and then the contractions got really strong. I had all back labor too though.

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting emotional mama x2!:" Oh great, lol!! The reason I'm so concerned is I had 100% back labor with my son (I was 36 weeks 4 ... [snip!] ... and 50% effaced...but didn't seem concerned about it....so hopefully this little girl can stay put for awhile longer!! "


You can be dilated for a month and have nothing happen :)




When I got to the hospital I was barely a half centimeter dilated and in a matter of hours my water broke and I was on my way to having my son. From the time my water broke til I gave birth was 7 1/2 hours, I dilated from nothing to 10 cm in like 10 hours I'm assuming lol

emotional mama x2! 18 kids; South Dakota 23 posts
10th Sep '12
Quoting Becky☮Will:" You can be dilated for a month and have nothing happen :)

I know, and I hope that's the case this time...but I still worry just because I was not dilated at all with my son and was 75% effaced at my 36 week appt, and boom a few days later my water broke! Now I'm all worried because I'm softened already at not even 36 weeks AND 1 cm dilated that I'll have this one early too...and I definitely don't want that!