September 01, 2008,
J.E. asks from Roscoe, IL on August 30, 2008
Odd Sensation Below Belly Button
I had my 36 week appointment with my doc early yesterday, group B strep test included. All yesterday and today I've had this funny sensation about 6 inches below my belly button. It's kinda tingly and almost like a little vibration. It hasn't moved or changed. It's just below my skin. It's intermittent throughout the day. The baby seems to be moving around just fine, so I haven't totally freaked and called my doc.
Has anyone experienced this or do you have any explanation for it? I'm a little worried as this is my first pregnancy and haven't felt this sensation before.
G.H. answers from Chicago on August 31, 2008
sounds like the flutterings of a new life wiggleing around in there. Is that a possibility 4 you? Doesn't happen often but it is a possibility. Fraternal twins have been 7 or more months apart.
M.M. answers from Chicago on August 31, 2008
Of course for anything you are seriously worried about you should call your doctor. I have to tell you though, at 36 weeks pregnant I was having funny sensations about every 5 minutes. Little vibrations, itching, muscle and ligament cramps where I didn't even know you could get them, all sorts of fun stuff. Your body is stretching to the max and trying to make room for 4 more weeks of baby growth. The area your describing is part of where the abdominal muscles separate, so it could be related to that. My mom used to tell me that these are all of nature's way to make you as uncomfortable as possible so that you will actually want to go through labor. It sounds odd, but that idea really did comfort me. If you just had your dr's appt yesterday and everything checked out I'd say you were fine. If you're really worried though, give them a call - you can even ask to just speak with a nurse. I did that a number of times. They're used to fielding these questions :-)
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L.*. answers from Chicago on August 30, 2008
Could it be gas? After I had my twins I felt that and asked the nurse what it was and she said gas! I had never felt it before :)Kind of embarrassing.
You are getting close:) Hang in there!
S.D. answers from Chicago on August 31, 2008
You're in the home stretch, hang in there!
It's amazing all the weird things a woman's body goes through during and after pregnancy. You'll never be the same again.
I remember in the last trimester of my 3rd pregnancy, my belly feeling numb when I'd rub it. Just like you're going through, it's weird enough to make you think, hmmm?
It sounds like baby might have the hiccups. I always described them as bubbles popping.
I wouldn't worry about it too much, as long as baby is moving around as normal.
I would bring it up at your next weekly appt. If you're really concerened, a phone call to the triage nurse isn't out of line.
Best wishes on a speedy delivery and healthy baby!
A.S. answers from Peoria on August 31, 2008
It could also be a muscle twitch of some sort. I had one that I described to my doctor as a "june bug stuck under my skin." She said it would go away in a few days and it did. Call your doc if you're worried, though.
Congrats on your soon-to-be family trio!
J.M. answers from Chicago on August 31, 2008
Check with your doctor, however-It sound simular to a nerve thing, possibly due to baby growing and the weight from the baby pressing on a nerve and causing that sensation. If that is the case- it should go away once the baby is born. Hang in there!! Best of luck with your new arrival!
L.N. answers from Chicago on August 31, 2008
I had this happen to me during my 3rd pregnancy - it was so weird! It felt like a vibration. I asked the doctor and they said it was probably a nerve or something - no real explanation. But they weren't at all concerned.
C.K. answers from Rockford on August 31, 2008
The baby might have hiccups! :O) My babies always had hiccups inside, and it would feel like a twinge in my belly. You could ask the doctor about it if you are concerned. Congrats on your pregnancy!
H.S. answers from Chicago on September 01, 2008
I had a numb like sensation in the same spot at about the same time and called my midwife b/c it scared me. She said that it was just the skin stretching and dealing with the baby getting lower. Everything it fine. It all went away as soon as my daughter was born. Congrats!!! Enjoy this freedom now so you can be ready to devote yourself to your new little one. :)