Being a FTM, sometimes I dont know when to worry about things, and when things are considered normal. Since last night, I've been having tenderness in my lower abdomen. It's tender to the touch, but it is also a little achy without touching it. The first time I really noticed it last night, was (about to get R rated) my husband and I were having sex and I was on top, and I leaned down on my stomach and it felt tender, and then when we were done, it was bothering me. Any ideas why or what happened?
*LURKER FROM MAY 2012 BOARD*
Hi there. I just ran across your post on the main page and wanted to give you an input. I had this same concern with my first pregnancy. Your uterus contracts all through your pregnancy. When you have sex it does so even more and does tend to be painful. After sex you should drink fluids and relax on your left side to allow your uterus to relax. When it relaxes the pain should go away. If it doesn't go away, you should call your doctor or midwife.
It is probably growth pains. Though it could be contractions they shouldn't bother you yet, other than maybe after sex. I am preggers with my 3rd and I have noticed a achy and tender abdomen more so this time than with my others. It's just your uterus growing and stretching and also the round ligaments.
Don't stress about it being contractions and going into labor early. IT IS NORMAL!!!!! The only time you should freak out about it being early labor is if you notice a pattern of tightening, not just achy, or painful contractions w/ your uterus actually tightening up, and it is in a pattern.
The ache all day long is mostly just from your uterus growing and your tissues and muscles getting stretched out.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
TTC in fall/winter of 2014
I'm pretty tender to the touch as well. More so this time than my last 2 times. Also I get lots of tightening after DTD and need to take it easy after. Totally normal.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I've actually had this a lot more this time than I remember having it with my previous pregnancy. It depends on how active I am during the day as to how tender it is.
I get the tenderness too (and the achy twinge-type stuff a lot too), and unfortunately, I'm not having much DTD action these days (DH lives in another state for about 4 more weeks, has visited once a month since August). If it were me, I wouldn't be super concerned unless you were doubling over in pain, if it was rhythmic (like true contractions), or seeing blood or other stuff. Of course, depending on how long it lasts, it could also be worth a call to the doctor anyway.