Really really really hard belly

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Really really really hard belly

Hi everyone,

I'm from the January board, but I'm actually due at the end of December, so I figured that I would ask my question of people who were at or past my stage of pregnancy.

I'm almost 34 weeks, and since yesterday, my belly is incredibly hard. It hardly gives when I press upon it. What's more, I can't feel the baby move as well; he is moving, but his movements feel "muffled." Yesterday I was getting quite concerned and watched my belly for a bit. I saw that it actually did bulge and ripple from his movements, but I couldn't feel it!

Is this common? Is my uterus just growing again? I do feel like I'm about to explode...

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I find it harder (impossible) to feel the movements during contractions, too. And I used to not be able to feel the end of one and the beginning of the next for hours on end like you're describing.

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I'm not actually contracting yet (that I'm aware of), it's more like my belly is too full of fluid or something. And it's all the time. As I said, I feel like I'm going to pop!

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Oh ok, I don't know then. That's what my contractions feel like when they're one on top of the next for hours.

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It could be just really stretched out. I've read that the amino tic fluid is maxed out st 34 weeks and baby is about as long as he'll get they just gain mostly weight from now on. I would think its normal. It does sound like BH a little.

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"PAmom2boys" wrote:

It could be just really stretched out. I've read that the amino tic fluid is maxed out st 34 weeks and baby is about as long as he'll get they just gain mostly weight from now on. I would think its normal. It does sound like BH a little.

Oh good--that makes sense, time-wise. It certainly does feel stretched. I'm getting all paranoid and looking at symptoms for polyhydramnios, but I don't have any of them, apart from difficulty breathing, but that's nothing new.

ETA: I really hadn't considered BH until you guys mentioned it. I'll have to pay some attention and see if this might be the case.

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Hi Eva ~~ How have you been?!?!?! I mean besides the hard belly. lol

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"lesleynka" wrote:

Hi Eva ~~ How have you been?!?!?! I mean besides the hard belly. lol

Hey Lesley! Apart from the hard belly, not too bad! My bed rest has been lifted somewhat, so I'm allowed to do a bit of baby shopping, which I look forward to every day. I can't believe we're this far along, though--it's getting alarmingly close.

Oh, and the belly is actually better since I last posted. I suddenly felt less pressure and it feels softer.

How are you doing?

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Mine feels like this as my uterus is growing. It feels full and hard for a few days (and I don't feel baby as much) and then it goes back to "normal". I so hate the days that my stomach is growing because it's pure misery for me.

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

Mine feels like this as my uterus is growing. It feels full and hard for a few days (and I don't feel baby as much) and then it goes back to "normal". I so hate the days that my stomach is growing because it's pure misery for me.

This is comforting to hear (well, not the misery part--the uterus growing part...). It's really uncomfortable, isn't it!

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That sounds just like how I feel when I have BH!

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My belly has been feeling like this on and off for the past few weeks. I have noticed it especially when I have been too active and not drinking enough water. For me it's BH contractions and I do have polyhydramnios, so it might just be all in my head, but it seems like I feel so full and stretched all the time. It sounds like it's time to just get lots of rest and drink lots of water (if you aren't already). That has helped me tremendously and has made my BH contractions calm down a little bit.

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".hilary." wrote:

That sounds just like how I feel when I have BH!

It lasted for over 12 hrs--can it still be BH?

"mlle_carrie" wrote:

My belly has been feeling like this on and off for the past few weeks. I have noticed it especially when I have been too active and not drinking enough water. For me it's BH contractions and I do have polyhydramnios, so it might just be all in my head, but it seems like I feel so full and stretched all the time. It sounds like it's time to just get lots of rest and drink lots of water (if you aren't already). That has helped me tremendously and has made my BH contractions calm down a little bit.

I should probably up my water-intake; I'm hating the way it tastes, but I need to suck it up (literally!). I'm on modified bed rest, so hopefully I'm resting enough...

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"clio" wrote:

It lasted for over 12 hrs--can it still be BH?
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That I'm not sure of, though I can say that I've had very long stretches which are pretty much constant BH, maybe with a coupe breaks that I don't always notice.

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".hilary." wrote:

That I'm not sure of, though I can say that I've had very long stretches which are pretty much constant BH, maybe with a coupe breaks that I don't always notice.

:eek: Huh.

'Cuz it went hard again for a few hours, and now is soft again. Holy! Well, at least it's not pre-term labour contractions.

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My BH and the "real" ones that messed with my cervix felt exactly the same.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

My BH and the "real" ones that messed with my cervix felt exactly the same.

I find this so confusing; I've asked my OB if the tightening I've felt before was definitely BH, and she said yes, because there was no pain. But I've heard of silent contractions and don't know where they fit in her definition. How did you learn that yours were actual contractions?

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There were cervical changes.

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"clio" wrote:

I'm not actually contracting yet (that I'm aware of), it's more like my belly is too full of fluid or something. And it's all the time. As I said, I feel like I'm going to pop!

This was me with my first DD. I was all fluid, and 'stretched out' as a result. It was very nerve racking. If you are concerned, call the doc, though!

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All of that sounds pretty normal to me. And remember, baby is getting bigger and bigger, so they have less room to move around in there than they did before, so the movements will feel different. Is your doc having you do kick counts? If not, you should do them, if for no other reason than to reassure yourself. Lay down on your left side after dinner, and once you feel the first movement, jot down the time. You should get 10 movements within an hour. If you don't, get up, move around a little bit, and try again. If you don't get 10 movements within the second hour, you should get up and go straight to L&D, to make sure everything is OK with baby... at least, that's what my OB has me do. Good luck to you!