Hot Flashes and Tightening Stomach?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello. My name is Jessica. I'm 20 years old and pregnant. I'm due August 3rd (1 week from tomorrow). My question to you is this. Every now and then my stomach tightens and I get really hot, like a hot flash. It lasts only briefly, but I don't feel any contractions or at least I don't think I'm having them. I was wondering if this was normal. I couldn't find anything about it on the internet and I thought maybe you could help me out. Thank you so much.

ANSWER

What you are feeling is Braxton-Hicks contractions. They help to get the baby into position for birthing, soften your cervix and move it from the back to the front of your vagina, and efface the cervix. These are all needed to get ready for labor and are perfectly normal.

I'll be thinking of you -- good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM