Contractions at top of stomach

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Today I worked my butt off at work and half way through my shift the top of my stomach felt tight and very very painful, as if I had done a bunch of crunches and as though my stomach muscles have been stretched .. The pain has been there for the past 5 hours. Every now and then it'll hurt more than usual... I guess all I'm asking is what am I feeling? Are these contractions or just my body being tired? I'm a first time Mhm and im worried.
Hm. Google where the top of your uterus is at your number of weeks. If you're not showing you're probably under 20wks (just guessing) so your uterus won't be up very high at that point. If you're feeling the tightening much above your belly button for example it's probably something besides contractions. Just my thoughts.
Ok I wasn't small before I got pregnant..I was down right chubby lol..so now my stomach is hard at the top and flabby at the bottom..what I was wondering was when I'm having contractions I know my stomach is suppose to get hard but will the flabby part at the bottom get hard too?
I was told that contractions start at the top of your belly but I talked to my boss and she said hers felt more twards the bottom before she had her kids
I am 33 weeks and 4 days, and today while I was in Wal-Mart and on my way home I have a few sharp pains at the bottom of my stomach on the side.. what could this be? Thanks for the help!
I know the pain of contractions feel like period pains but is it just at the bottom of your stomach like a period cramp or all over like the top as well. I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have been having weird pains all over my stomach area.
I feel my contractions at the top of my belly. How far along r u?
Then it climbs - like how the cars of a coaster climbs that first hill, agonizingly slow. Around this point I feel my stomach muscles tighten from the top of my bump down to my pelvic area and it sorta radiates across. Then you have the apex - this is when I feel it in my lower back and its painful enough to take my breath away. This is where birthing classes are VERY helpful because they teach you how to breathe here without hyperventilating.
Ocassionally, my stomach just hardens up, and it lasts for a long time. This happens esp. at night, and it gets impossible to sleep, because it is uncomfortable and painful. Last night was awful. My stomach hardened up, and it was still hard when I woke up around 3am, and up untill this morning. I drink plenty of water, so I know I cant be dehydrated, and I am not even sure if these are contractions, because they dont come and go, they last for a long time, then disappear for a few days.
Kimberly- start timing the time that it takes in between your stomach tightening. The top of your uterus will get hard when you are having contractions. You may finally be in early labor but you'll know better if you start timing it. If you have 4 in an hour you are definitely in early labor. Go to L&D if the contractions are 10min appart.
Ok ladies I went to class tonight feeling fine about the time class ended I got really cramppy feeling like with my period then my stomach got super hard. I started having some contractions on my way home and started to time them. They didnt get into a regular pattern until 8:17 and so far its 9:10 and every 10 minutes I have a contraction lasting about 1 min. I was wanting to know could I actually be in labor? I dont want to get too excited but its a little hard not too.
-braxton hicks tend to just feel like the uterus itself tightening all at once. Keep in mind that feeling the hardness at the top of the uterus can also be the baby pushing his/her butt out. It can feel almost the same, especially to someone who isn't familiar with what contractions feel like. If at ANY time you aren't certain if they are real or BH, call your doc and explain what you are feeling. They can determine whether or not you need to be checked.
Contractions are, as nsrchofbaby wrote, tightening of the lower abdomen. This usually lasts (at our stage they are Braxton Hicks contractions) about 30 s. A friend of mine never noticed them (alot of women don't) but I have been getting them since the 5th month and I notice particular situations where I get them e.g. after being on my feet for a long time, walking fast. Period like cramps are normal but if they radiate to your back then usually it isn't.
I'm 35w/4d and I been having some back pain and it comes down to my stomach or sometimes on the top of my stomach and get so hard could it be some contractions but I'm getting back pain and stomach getting hard and the pain stay there for like 5 mins and go away and then the pain comes back more at nights?
sounds like contractions..
With my first, I would stand up after sitting for a few minutes and my stomach at the top would get hard. Didn't hurt.. but then toward the very end they became kind of uncomfortable. While I was in labor, the contractions felt like my period cramps x200. It didn't feel very pleasant at all. I know some can have silent contractions, but usually you'll know if you feel them.
Today I worked my butt off at work and half way through my shift the top of my stomach felt tight and very very painful, as if I had done a bunch of crunches and as though my stomach muscles have been stretched .. The pain has been there for the past 5 hours. Every now and then it'll hurt more than usual... I guess all I'm asking is what am I feeling? Are these contractions or just my body being tired? I'm a first time Mhm and im worried.
I get them at the top middle of my stomach when I've been standing up awhile. Its from the heaviness of the baby pulling on me.
I had may times in the past those kind of contractions... the exact SAME of the one in labor. I had too kids naturally, so I know! Usually it last for 20-30 min.But last week end I had an episode of 3 hours... it was horrible. Ctx that last for 2 to 5 minutes, stop 2 to 5 minutes and comes back. The same when we're at 9cm, ready to push. I went to ER and it stop after 1,5 hour there so I sign a refusal of treatment and promise I would do the tests to my office the day after. (I'm a midwife).
I am 23 weeks pregnant and the top of my stomach is in severe pain and I can find a comfortable spot to lay or sit, what could this be?
in the side or a sudden, brief cramp. They can happen for hours at a time. You won't feel the top of the uterus harden when you have round ligament pain. Contractions happen when the whole uterus rises up and hardens for 20-60 seconds or more, and then relaxes again. Round ligament pain is typically described as "lightening fast", "very sharp and sudden", or "knifelike". Does that help any?
lately ive noticed its been on the top of my belly the most. real labor contractions are actually painful where as BH are not so much(just uncomfortable) and real contractions dont occur spontaneously, they happen more regularly. i get both low blows and high kicks even though she has been head down now since my 28 week U/s (32 weeks now) she'll get her feet in my ribs and she will also cause some pretty bad pelvic pains because her head is down there.
I just wanted to know if it was normal to experiance a sharp pain at the very top of your belly right underneath your boobs. I woke up this morning thinking someone had stabbed me it hurt so bad. It ended up going away about a minute later and hasn't happened since but basically I just want to know if that is normal.
I'm 34 weeks pregnant, and I'm not positive, but think I may have had my first contraction? It happened yesterday, and it was a painful tightening of my uterus. It started at the top of it, and then traveled down. It hurt. Bad. (I can't even imagine what bad contractions feel like!) It lasted around 30 seconds, and then I had another one about 10 minutes later, and that was it.
Mine SOMETIMES feel like a tightening in my upper stomach (the very TOP of my stomach, like right under my boobs), and other times they feel like menstrual cramping in my lower stomach, and it causes a very dull lower back ache that comes and goes. You'll know when you're having them if it's real labor though! Good luck on your delivery!!
it may be a sign of labor. Has she been having contractions, b'c the most contractions she gets and if they a REAL contractions that would cause her to have some pink spotting.
I keep having the light tightening sensations across my lower abdomen (and some constant heart burn at the moment). Im a little over 37 weeks and wanna know what contractions feel like, how they start off feeling and ehere exactly on the stomach or back do u feel them??????
twisting your uterus nonstop!! It's horrible cramps on top of horrible cramps on top of horrible cramps it's just a unexplained pain.
They come from lower back and radiate across your belly...most pain you will feel in your lower back as your cervix is opening up....they come few minutes apart depending how far is your labor progressed....when contraction is over you feel no pain and then in few minutes you feel it come again...the pain is bearable for few seconds then it gets stronger peaks and then it slowly goes away...
I noticed this started happening about 2 days ago; the next morning after a night of consuming alcohol at a work function. I have read most of the above posted comments and see that some people think it is related to dehydration or a possible reaction to a drug. I think that I may see a relationship; after consuming a fairly high amount of alcohol, I was dehydrated and took 2 acitomenophines the next morning and then went back to sleep it off.
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