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Constant Contraction?? Mommy*Cubed 2 kids; Oregon 371 posts
15th Dec '08

Okay, I'm a third time mom so I know about labor and my body but this hasn't happened to me before. I'm having what feels like a constant contraction. I can't time it cause I don't feel it go away. I took a shower, drank some water, and walked around my apartment for a bit but it still won't go away. Any thoughts?

MommyIsMade! - *MJL* Ontario 7021 posts
15th Dec '08

I haven't the foggiest idea...?



I might call L&D though, only because contractions are stressful on the baby as it is, especially one that long!



- Jess

mrs_djf 2 kids; Grand Haven, Michigan 8709 posts
15th Dec '08

I had those for weeks before i went into active labor.... felt like the worst period cramp EVER!! i went into the hospital at 33 weeks to be monitored for it and the dr was so STUPID!!! in the end she actually asked me how far apart my contractions were.... i was like lady.... i DONT KNOW that's why i am here....it never starts and stops...its just here!! LOL I was 2-3 cm and 50% effaced....they sent me home after a round of IV fluids and put me on bed rest until i was 37 weeks...and i had my son at 37 weeks :D but i feel your pain!! IT SUCKS!!

satelliteshine TTC since Mar 2009; 1 child; Stratford, Connecticut 695 posts
15th Dec '08

Hm this sounds odd. You've had contractions before so I'm sure you know what they're like... are you sure it's a contraction and not baby pushing against your skin? Like his/her back pushing out? With my contractions, my abdomen got as hard as a rock -literally - and the muscle felt like it was trembling like when you do a sit-up.

That said, the week I went into labor, I was having contractions lasting as long as 7 minutes. Everyone, including the OB, told me this was impossible until the super long contractions were captured on a non-stress test. If you feel certain it's a contraction, I'd call your OB because they may want to see you and make sure that baby's not under any stress.

Good luck, mama!! :)

Kyrie ♥'s Monkeys 2 kids; why, az, United States 52117 posts
15th Dec '08

I was sure I had a 2 hour contraction and my doctor didn't even believe me. I got checked and sure enough I went from nothing to 1-2 cm 80% effaced by the next day.

Lisa ♥ [bft.fbb] 3 kids; Gosford, Australia 28510 posts
15th Dec '08

could be you uterus being a bit irritable, i had what felt like that and thats what it was hideously painful :(

Mommy*Cubed 2 kids; Oregon 371 posts
15th Dec '08
Quoting mrs_djf:
mrs_djf 2 kids; Grand Haven, Michigan 8709 posts
15th Dec '08
Quoting Mommy*Cubed:
Sara Rocks Colorado 22 posts
16th Apr '12

This feels like what has been happening to me all day. I have two kids so you would think I know what labor feels like. But I have had a very hard tummy all afternoon. I am wondering if its possible I ate too much. I have already had some pretty intense false labor. That or because I know how painful labor is, I am hyper aware!

Coppergirl Due November 14; Michigan 4 posts
27th Sep '12

I'm a teacher and since school started back up, I have been having contractions every afternoon until I can get home and lay down. They are constant like those of you who said you couldn't time them because they never stop. One night I did end up going in to L&D after 5 hours of contractions. I was monitored and they took a urine sample and told me I have a UTI, which they said could cause contractions and even per-term labor. Well after a week of antibiotics, seems the UTI would be gone, but the contractions that last for hours are still there. Laying down helps, but as soon as I sit or stand, they're back. I have a feeling this means bed rest is coming when I have my appointment with OB next week since I'm only at 33 weeks. Here's hoping your contractions relax for you.

Casey Kinison 1 child; 655 posts
27th Sep '12

I feel the same way its constant contraction pain for about 3 minutes straight and then goes away...I can't say there is a start and stop