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tablefor3 Fri 05-Sep-08 14:18:17

Hello. This is a desperate plea! I am 31 weeks and my bump is feeling very taut, like it is really being stretched. Now, in a way this is good because (hopefully) it means that the baby is growing (it is certainly moving like a craxy thing). But, the tightness, and some associated cramp-like pain, is not pleasant at all.

So - does anyone know of any good ointments/creams/other remedies which might help relieve the pain? I have some biooil, but that is not very comforting. Would some Mamma Mio or other product be better?

fragola Fri 05-Sep-08 14:29:26

I have this too and I'm using mama mio. I have both the cream and the oil, but I find that the oil feels nicer as you can massage it in more, which seems to help. And it smells nice!

MrsMattie Fri 05-Sep-08 14:32:20

I have had this on and off for several weeks (am 28 weeks pregnant). Is it possible you are having a lot of Braxton Hicks? Also, I did have a period a couple of weeks ago where my bump felt uncomfortably tight and it turned out I had a UTI (this was the only symptom I had - went to the doc's and routine urine test revealed UTI). Took a course of anti-b's and have felt better since. I still get a tight feeling, but I think it is a combination of BH and the baby's position.

frumpygrumpy Fri 05-Sep-08 14:36:32

OOOhhh I remember this feeling WELL. I used to get a burning feeling right down the front. Warm baths and swimming pools took some of the weight away which helped.

Sometimes getting every cushion and pillow in the house and supporting every bit of me helped too. As did lying on my back with my legs up a wall.

Oblomov Fri 05-Sep-08 14:53:28

I do remember this from ds pregnnacy. But I think it was later on. Mine feels a tiny bit taut now, 29 wks, so I am expecting to feel the same, in a few weeks.
Watching with interest.
Last time, I wasn't a MN'er and just thought it was normal/to be expected.

Is there anything that actually can be done ? Its not a sign of anything being wrong/abnormal, in any way, is it ? I didn't think so.

tablefor3 Fri 05-Sep-08 15:32:18

Fragola - which product? Tummy Rub?

*Mrs M* - I did think about BH, but surely I am about a month too early?! [worried, rather bemused emoticon]! I don't think it is a UTI unless I've picked something up in the 10 days since the last MW appt, but may be.

frumpygrumpy - not so much a burning sensation as a squeezing

oblomov - no, I don;t think anything is wrong, just a bit sore!

MrsSprat Fri 05-Sep-08 15:36:45

These sound like Braxton Hicks to me

jalopy Fri 05-Sep-08 15:56:47

It's your uterus shaping up for the great expulsion.

fragola Fri 05-Sep-08 16:27:19

Yep, the tummy rub oil:

Salleroo Fri 05-Sep-08 16:43:24

Sweet Almond oil from Holland & Barrett. Absorbs beautifully, rub it in morning, night and any time you feel like it really.

MrsMattie Fri 05-Sep-08 16:47:22

No it's not early for BH at all. They can start as early as 20 weeks. I've been having intense ones since 22 weeks (didn't have a single one with first pregnancy, so very weird sensation for me!). Could be...?

girlsallaround Fri 05-Sep-08 16:55:09

hmm i was just thinking that very thought when i read this thread title. am 29 wks, feeling very taut. does it mean baby is growing?

i remember this feeling but i think it is tighter this time.

i had tonnns of BH in pg1, infact my dh would always joke that my tummy was always a square not a circle because of the way the BH wraps around the baby.

the BH comes and goes though and this taught feeling is permanent. i feel like i cant fit any food in me.

yomellamoHelly Fri 05-Sep-08 17:26:17

I had this sensation and ended up with LOADS of stretch marks. Also lots of (quite painful) kicking. Assume ds2 was complaining that he didn't have much room in there towards the end. He was a big baby.

ajm200 Fri 05-Sep-08 17:31:16

For tight dry skin, I find bio-oil works best in a warm bath but obviously be very careful getting out so that you don't slip. Simple baby oil gel with camomile works well too.

BHs start really early in pregnancy and gradually get stronger until you feel them so you could just be feeling them early.

I've felt BHs with this baby from 27 weeks but with DS I only noticed them in the last 6 weeks.

Drinking lot of fluid can ease BHs.

tablefor3 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:20:27

Thanks for all your responses. Sounds like they are BH then. Hhmm.... explains why my reaction was to lean up against a filing cabinet and breathe out deeply through the pain. Good job i have my own office! LOL!

Am going to have to mentally readjust to, you know, actually having the baby wink.

Will look into the various rubs and stuff

Have a lovely weekend everybody

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