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    Default Contractions vs baby positioning?

    I am exactly 41 weeks today, and over the past couple of weeks i have only noticed a few braxton hicks tightenings, but nothing painful. At least i think they were BH i layed down just now and thought i was having a contraction as my abdomen was very tight and a bit uncomfortable down the middle. Then i thought that its very possible it could just be the way baby is positioned as he still moves around a lot.
    How can you tell contractions or pre-labor from just how how the baby is lying?!

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    Its confusing for me because when his back is pushing against either side of my abdomen it feels the same way.
    Sorry this thread is probably disjointed and hard to read, but any insight would be so appreciated to save my sanity!

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    Contractions are tightenings around the baby, so where bubs is it will feel hard, if you keep your hand there and move it it will eventually soften.

    I am not a great example to use but my contractions were irregular and not that painful, til an internal was done in hospital, that revealed I was 3cm & 100% effects, so 'established' labour!) which made them more intense. So they will get stronger if they are the real deal too

    I hope that makes sense!

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    I was having same sort of thing for 5 nights just before bed and at 1am on 5th night actually went into labour and I was 41 weeks 2 days.
    I just dismissed them as BH too but maybe very early stages of labor??

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    I often have not been able to tell if it's braxton hicks or the baby shoving up.

    Contractions yes - can always tell. Mine always start as a strong period pain and there's no doubt.

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    Thanks ladies, i am still no closer to a conclusion, how annoying why can't it be the same sensation and process for all women!
    Guess ill have to wait and see what happens


 

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