Do contractions feel like constipation/gas pain?

I posted this question on babycenter but didn't get helpful responses.  I was told to feel if my ab is tight, but my ab is always tight due to numerous large fibroids, and I'm not experiencing this anymore so I can't verify.  Just wanted to know if you ever felt this way before:



Starting from yesterday evening, throughout the night and early this morning, I felt this really bizarre discomfort.


For every few minutes (5-10 minutes, not sure), I felt like there's 100 pounds of poop in my system and I've been constipated for 3 months AND gassy at the same time.  Lots of pressure down in my lower right ab.  But my bowel movement has been normal.  I felt like my rectum was about to burst.  It also felt like severe PMS soreness, not cramp but just really sore.  This pressure/pain/soreness would last a few minutes, and completely disappear for another few minutes.


I didn't time it so didn't know if they came in regular intervals.  I never heard of people comparing contractions with gas pain or constipation pain, so didn't think it was contraction.


Has anyone experienced this or heard of it before?


Posted on April 23, 2010 at 6:19 am
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LadyY
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As far as I read about contractions, they should feel like "cramps that move around your belly". So they start on the back and go forward (or otherway around not sure). Never heard about them feel like gas/constipation pain either.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 7:01 am
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I did a google search on "contraction constipation" and the links are freaking me out! Sounds like false labor contractions feel tight but not too uncomfortable; but if it feels like constipation cramp, that means it's time to pack the bag!  What the heck, i'm only 22 weeks.


Good thing is i'm feeling ok now, but still wanted to know if it was a labor contraction and if I'm dilated.  Waiting for my doctor to call back.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 7:09 am
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It could be the baby laying on your bowel kind of funny. I got random crampy pains in my abs that felt very similar to what you described. I thought I was constipated but I wasn't. It was very uncomfortable and lasted for most of a day. I think I had them a couple of times in my 2nd trimester. Then it just randomly went away.


My OB thought it was the baby moving around and laying on my bowel. She said it could cause some discomfort like that. Contractions felt nothing like that to me.


 

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 7:13 am
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abatty, do you remember if the pain caused by the baby was somewhat constant or came and went every few minutes or so?  

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 7:20 am
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Get yourself some gasX. It's safe to use while pregnant. I had those exact feelings and it was just really bad gas and constipation. Your bowel system is rythmic and it pushes your feces through with bowel contractions every 5 minutes or so. I was worried too and went to the doctor. He recommended the gas x and prune juice. That did the trick.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 8:49 am
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I took gasX too because in the beginning I thought it was my digestive system.  I had two contractions before and both times I took GasX thinking it was gas, but they were not.  The weird thing is both contractions felt different and this time feels different from the previous two.  And no gasX didn't help at all.  It made no difference and my bowel/gas movement isn't any different from usual which is really regular.


Looks like my doctor won't be able to call me back today so I'll not find out for a while. It concerns me because I'm at high risk for pre-term labor, so I'm not comfortable ignoring my contractions.  But at the mean time I don't want to send myself to the hospital everytime something feels like contraction.  I wish there were at-home contraction monitors that I can strap on my stomach to know for sure.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:47 am
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Yelp, one time it was constant, but got worse every few minutes or so. A couple of other times it was intermittent. When I figure that it was probably the baby moving around funny, I was able to relax and handle it much better when it happened again.


I would probably still talk to your OB about this, but your fibroids could be exacerbating the pain a bit.


Good luck and keep us posted.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 11:00 am
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If they continue could you not go down to the hospital for a NST? We get moms in all the time for that. They come in through the ER but go straight up to the mat unit for an NST if they are questioning early labour. 


Your BMs you say are normal? Is this in frequency and consistency (don't need to answer if TMI)? You can still have BMs and be constipated. 


Hope your feeling better!

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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@danidabi, what's NST?  Will they still charge me for an ER visit?


Both frequency and consistency in my BM have been normal.  Not as easy as pre-preganancy, but it's been pretty consistent throughout the 2nd trimester. 


My doctor just called back.  She said "your pain doesn't sound like it was contraction because it was constant.  Real contraction should last a few minutes, go away for a few minutes."  I replied that my pain wasn't constant and it did happen and the disappear every few minutes.  She then said "yeah, so that's why it doesn't sound like contraction."... At that point I gave up lol!  I think she's probably too tired to hear me.


She told me I should only be alarmed if I see blood, if the contractions become regular, or if the pain is unbearable.  She said she's never heard of contraction being compared to gas or constipation.  I don't know about that though, just try google it and you'll see tons of links and some even from hospitals' maternity sites. But anyways, I'm just glad I didn't go into labor and I'll remember to grab a timer next time it happens!

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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NST is a Fetal Non-Stress Test. You are hooked up to a fetal monitor and they monitor the baby's heartbeat and any contractions you may have. You keep track of the baby's movements with a button thingy and they also monitor your blood pressure and temp.


If you have the pain again, grab your watch and time them. If they are regular then call your OB. Make sure you are staying hydrated too. Dehydration can cause all kinds of cramps, contraction-like and non.


Hang in there!


 

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm
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yelp - I've has the same thing twice this week.  My MW recommended laying down with a heat source - I have a rice bag and it seems to relieve it a bit.  She also said I may be a bit dehydrated, so make sure you are doing that as well. 

When is your next appt?

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 1:04 am
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I am at 29 weeks and have been having contractions for a few weeks now. I only know that they are contractions because I was hooked up to the monitor for awhile while I was having them. This really freaked me out too, because of how early they started and my fear of going into labor early because of health problems. Yesterday my OB said that this is normal and as long as I don't have more than 4 an hour, don't worry. I also have to drink my weight in water everyday-as if I didn't already live in the bathroom :). If your OB isn't concerned everything should be just fine.

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

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