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Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:21:36

Can you feel contractions on the outside (i.e with you hand??) or see them even??

I'm worried because I have a lack of sensation due to a previous medical problem and I'm convinced I'm not going to know whats happening til its too late. (Now 40+4)

Just getting obsessed with wanting baby out I think. Had sweep yesterday but nothing seems to be happening just very bad burning/achy feeling in lower back. No pain in bump at all. Was 2-3cm dilated yesterday.

What am I supposed to feel??? Help!

meggymoo Thu 02-Jun-05 13:23:58

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Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:25:06

Do you think the feeling in my back could be something starting? Or will I definitely have contractions??

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 13:25:50

Have you had any Braxton Hicks? I found my bump went totally solid when I had those - contractions were the same, but hurt, iyswim.

Sounds like you're close to having your baby, but could be a little while yet too. I'm fairly sure you'll know - but if you feel you might not, then make sure your midwife knows.

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:25:57

BTW belly feels like forehead permanently anyway - its rigid!

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:26:28

Haven't had any BHs that I know of either.

Fennel Thu 02-Jun-05 13:26:49

an achy feeling in lower back is how all my 3 labours started. so yes I'd say it could be the beginning for you.

good luck!

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:27:50

Hi Holly,

Yes, you can feel contractions on the outside - a midwife would put her hand on your bump and feel them coming. I had an epidural with dd and could still sense the tightening of the contractions without the pain. I have no idea of your condition but I'd be very surprised if you didn't know what was happening! A true contraction (as opposed to Braxton Hicks) takes your breath away and you can't walk or talk through it. You have my sympathies with being overdue - I went 2 wks over with all 3 of mine and it's an awful wait. Try and rest while you can - you need your energy! Good luck!

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:29:46

Thanks everyone. I thought praps this was the case in established labour with stong contractions but just wondered whether I'd be aware of early ones in the same way. Backache getting worse btw...

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 13:32:11

Am v excited for you - you're going to meet your baby very soon!

That first cry, seeing this brand new person for the first time, even though they've been permanent company for so many months - it's incredible!

Sorry - v gushy pg hormones making me all soppy about birth

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:34:02

If it's your first Holly, I would think you have plenty of time. Have a warm bath and try to relax and breathe - sometimes the first few cm take a while. Best of luck

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:34:03

I can't wait! Just hope this is it. Poor Dp is getting himself in a knot with the excitement of it all

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:34:44

It is my first yes Rachey - I was 2-3cm when they did sweep yesterday. Hopefully more now???

elsmommy Thu 02-Jun-05 13:37:06

I just remember most of my labour was back ache, didn't feel it in my stomach till almost at the end

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:40:27

That sounds good! Your cervix needs to efface (flatten - I expect that is what the back pains are doing) now as well as to dilate so don't worry too much about cm - it took me ages to get to 3cm with my first then a while to 5 and then suddenly 8-9!

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:40:47

I'm getting excited now!

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:46:58

Me too!! Thinking about putting TENS on for back pain. That is OK now isn;t it? Bit worried I might feel even less then though. Gosh I'm in a state today!

Blu Thu 02-Jun-05 13:49:22

Use your TENS machine...the earlier you put it on the better, so that your endorphins can get going!

Good luck, v excitied for you

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 13:50:32

I had a backache labour with DS - I remember asking when I was going to feel contractions in my bump! Answer - I can't remember actually feeling them in my bump, but OMG, my back hurt!

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:50:55

What if the back pain isn't labour though? Is it OK to use TENS anyway?

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:51:41

Sending you calming vibes... Yes put your TENS on now - it needs to build up your endorphins - also gives you something to fiddle and distract yourself with! I know it's hard but try and relax - breathe deeply - it's easy to wear yourself out before the tough bit!

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:52:54

Yes, I'm sure it's ok - some (not pregnant) people use it for back pain anyway (are you sure you don't want a bath first?)

Rachey1969 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:54:47

I've just checked on a website - it says fine after 37 weeks.

Holly290505 Thu 02-Jun-05 13:55:14

Doesn't having a bath slow things down? The midwife metnioned not getting in the water until 5cm dilated?

hunkermunker Thu 02-Jun-05 13:58:25

You might have a while yet - have a bath if you feel comfortable doing it.

I got in the bath early in my labour and hated it (wasn't deep enough water, even though it was full and I just felt like I was paddling!). I had DS in a birthing pool though - that was amazing. But they didn't let me in that till I was over 5cm dilated.

Can you ring your labour ward and see what they say?

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