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Painful braxton hicks? Sweeney Todd 1 child; ........, .., United States 11527 posts
status 5th Apr '13

I'm assuming these are Braxton Hicks. I only get them maybe a few times a day sparatically. But, my goodness, they are painful. They feel like sharp pains going through my belly, they stop me in my tracks and take my breath away. I just stop what I'm doing and breathe through them and then I'm fine. I just wondered if you think these are Braxton Hicks and what yours felt like?

JenTheHen 2 kids; Hillsboro, Oregon 458 posts
5th Apr '13

That sounds like round ligament pains, not Braxton hicks. It's harmless and is caused by your uterus stretching and your baby putting pressure on nerves. I would describe Braxton hicks like your whole tummy feeling like a hard ball, and it makes it hard to move or walk, usually lasting about 30-45 seconds. Uncomfortable for sure but not painful.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10368 posts
5th Apr '13

I have pains like that... My doctor tells me that it's normal... Braxton Hicks aren't supposed to hurt, though...

Sweeney Todd 1 child; ........, .., United States 11527 posts
status 5th Apr '13

I didn't think they were supposed to hurt either. They do make my whole belly hard. I just got worried a bit because they have been so painful, I'm fine after it stops.