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    Hoping people could share their best remedies for abdominal pain and painful contractions during pregnancy? I have tried heat pack for short periods and panadol.. Anything else? Particular positions or movements help?

    (Yes, I have been checked out, I am having contractions, they aren't regular and aren't affecting my cervix just now and there's nothing my OB will give me that is safe for long term use)

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    Have they not given anything like nifedipine to stop contractions given your history, I would have thought they would. I hope you find some adequate pain relief soon.

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    @LysnDan nope, nothing :-( If they were escalating they would but my OB (who delivered DD and dealt with the abruption) says that it's not for long term use to deal with these.

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    Hopefully they don't escalate.

    I'd persist with the heat pack for short periods and rest. Ponstan stops uterine contractions, obviously run it past your gp. I took it during my pregnancy, but always safe to check!

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    A TENS machine might help. They aren't cheap, but if you plan to use it for a few months would probably work out cheaper than trying different painkillers

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    @meredithgrey I haven't tried any of those this time around. I was given that combo last time (plus nifedipine) when I was having contractions before having DD 6 days later, it helped ease the contractions that time, but I think they fall in to the category of not suitable for long term use according to my OB... I might check again this week when I see him, even if I can take something for a few days to give me a break.
    @SeymourTheBear do you know where I could find some info on TENS machine and if they're safe when you're not actually labouring?

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    I found this -


    http://www.oaa-anaes.ac.uk/assets/_m...WH%20Final.pdf


    It's assessing it for musculoskeletal pain, but the safety aspects are same. I'd still have a chat to your OB on their opinion though :-)

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    I had a lot of pretty painful "niggling" as they were calling it from 33 weeks until I gave birth at 37 weeks. I was given panadeine forte to help at night to let me sleep but was only advised to take 1 with 1 Panadol (not sure about using it too much though, I chose not to take very much). Other than that hot showers/baths, heat packs, rocking hips while standing upright or on all fours, gentle bouncing/rocking on the fit ball, and plain old ignoring it (watching tv/doing work/reading etc) are what I tried. Heat was the best thing for me, especially a hot bath.

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