Tightening tummy

I feel that my tummy is tightening from time to time, are these contractions?

Yes, but these are “exercise contractions”. It is more usual to experience contractions during the last week of pregnancy, but some expectant mothers already feel the uterus contracting and releasing now. The uterus is quite simply exercising. At the same time, it also improves blood circulation to the uterus and that is good for the baby.

You are more likely to experience this type of contraction if you have had a lot to do at work, moved around a great deal, exercised or had sex. If you rest, you will feel that they subside.

Contractions are not dangerous to the baby, but listen to your body and stop if the contractions are becoming troublesome.

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