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gas pain or contractions?? ♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09

w/ my first son, my water broke & i never had contractions until after it broke.....
I've been feeling what i thought were contractions (in my back too) but now i think it might just be gas pains??
I don't know how or when i'm suppose to start timing them....
How painful do they have to be??
I figured i would just wait until my water breaks or i'm having such bad contractions i can't handle it anymore.... i figured i would know when i'm REALLY having them, because i do know what they feel like......
I'm just not sure what i'm feeling right now.....
also at times, it's like a dull ache in my back or stomach (varies) and then i feel a sharp pain that lasts like 5 seconds if that, idk if that is a contraction or not, and i can't tell when it starts cause i just notice my back or my stomach is achey...... it feels like worse than menstrual cramps... idk.... i'm just waiting, hoping they get stronger so i know for sure.... :?

Mrs. Norton 2 kids; 9170 posts
10th Oct '09

The best way I could tell if I was getting a contraction was by feeling my stomach (right above my belly button I'd feel them strongest). If your stomach gets rock-hard, then it's a contraction, otherwise it's probably gas.



You time a contraction from the beginning of one, to the beginning of a next. If you're getting more than 5 an hour, lasting one minute each, I would call your doctor or midwife.

A, E & W's mommy Due October 21; Bulgaria 15280 posts
10th Oct '09

Sounds like gas, but I'm no expert cuz I thought I'd know what it felt like with my second too, I spent 8 hours in labour thinking I just had flu before my water broke and I figured it out. So, if it's labour tho and you can't tell yet, you should know in a few hours anyway.

*Proud Lesbian Mommy* MAM 5 kids; New York 16715 posts
10th Oct '09

it sounds like gas to me. You will know if it really is labor soon. Try a warm bath or go for a little walk. Good luck mama.

They say use the 511 rule but that doesnt work for everyone.

♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting *Proud Lesbian Mommy*:
*Proud Lesbian Mommy* MAM 5 kids; New York 16715 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting jEsSiCa❣ 2 to go:
♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting *Proud Lesbian Mommy*:
*Proud Lesbian Mommy* MAM 5 kids; New York 16715 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting jEsSiCa❣ 2 to go:
♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09

bump.....:?

Eva's Momma 1 child; New York 1205 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting jEsSiCa❣ 2 to go:
♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09

okay, i'm curious about timing them.... how come you time from the start of one, to the start of another? and then how do i know when to start time again??



that confuses me a little, i thought you would start when it hurts & stop when it stops & time how far until the next one starts....... :?

cindee Due October 25; 1 child; California 32 posts
10th Oct '09
Quoting jEsSiCa❣ 2 to go:
♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
10th Oct '09
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cindee Due October 25; 1 child; California 32 posts
11th Oct '09
Quoting jEsSiCa❣ 2 to go:
♥ Jessi ♥ 2 kids; Alaska 23137 posts
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