I'm on baby boy #3, and in the past few days my BH contractions have really stepped up. I started feeling them really early this time, and for the past two days they've been surprisingly strong and frequent (although inconsistent). I'm positive they're not labor cx, but it's got me feeling like when I finally go into labor, he's going to come flying out in the first half hour. It's especially bad when I nurse my 2 year old. I nursed all through my 2nd pregnancy, but I don't recall having the same problem. I actually had to stop nursing my son because the cx were so strong it made me nervous. Anyone else have a very excitable uterus right now?
Some really strong BH contractions
I don't think I fully understand what BH are. I had what felt like contractions last night (or what I remember them to be like). They weren't pain-free though! I feel like I've read that BH are pain free...what IS a painless contraction?! :-)
These felt like strong menstural cramps. I felt a bit nauseous and had some uterine muscle spasms (like where the whole uterus would get tight). A bath calmed the whole thing down.
Is this what you have? Can you describe BH?
Luvmy2Joshs, are you drinking enough and resting enough? I've also had unusually strong Braxton-Hicks contractions with this pregnancy (also my third baby), but I have also had a lot of stress in my life this time. Whenever I feel them, I make sure to drink something - water and juice, in a fairly large quantity - and if possible, I try to lie down or at least sit for a bit. For me at least, BHs are usually a sign of dehydration and overworking myself.
IdentityCrisisMama - BH do not usually feel like menstrual cramps; they are more like a tightening feeling, like internal pressure building up. Sometimes my belly feels harder too.
I definitely have some seriously strong BH's as well. A get a bunch every day...Sometimes they are more back to back sometimes they aren't. The baby seems to have dropped and likes to punch at my cervix which also is painful.
They do get better when I eat and drink - so I always try to make sure I get enough of both!
I have terrible BH contractions all day long. Usually they are about 10 minutes apart and hardly noticable (for someone who has had them since 17 weeks), but other times they make me stop in my tracks and have to breathe through them and are more like every 4 minutes apart. Normally they feel like a stomach tightening starting down low and moving up, but other times they feel more like BAD menstrual cramps and back pain. I would suggest laying down and drinkng TONS of water!!
I've been getting some strong BH contractions recently as well; I can't figure out if I started getting them earlier this time or if I'm just more aware of them this time around?
Lately they have been pretty strong. I can feel them coming on like a wave of warmth throughout my body, and then one section of my uterus gets really tight. This happens several times throughout the day. I also usually have them when DD nurses.
I've had a lot of BH with every one of my pregnancies. I'm finding now they're starting to get a bit more uncomfortable. I try not to worry but sometimes when I'm busy doing things they do get more frequent so I lay down for awhile.
As long as they aren't painful or regular and not accompanied by any signs of preterm labour I don't think it's any reason to worry.
With my second kiddo, I had prelabor or BH contractions (called it prelabor as they are actually painful.)
I haven't had any yet with this pregnancy. But I think for something like 2-4 weeks before my second was born, I was getting decently painful contractions off and on and sometimes regularly for a few hours but then they'd taper off. I didn't end up delivering until he was 39 and a half weeks gestation so, I guess it was just my uterus exercising. Oh, and I didn't have a fast delivery. It was faster than with my first but not very speedy. My first took 73 hours to come out and my second took around 12 hours.
I've had them since 20 weeks and they have increased in frequency and intensity since then. Currently I get at least two an hour regularly but sometimes they last a good 5-10 minutes. They can sometimes be all consuming and I have to just stop and literally can barely walk because its like everything freezes up. They don't hurt. I should have one very well toned uterus by the time I go into labor.
I've hardly even had 1 or 2 braxton hicks since I stopped drinking it, so things are much more comfortable now.
Hope that helps!
I've really lucked out in the past few days, I've gotten my 2 year old to "cuddle milk" instead of nurse (I've been dry for several months anyway, the best he's getting nowadays is a bit of colostrum). I did this with my 4 year old towards the end of my 2nd pregnancy, and he started nursing again when I had a new milk supply. I should just be thankful I'm only nursing 1 these days! My first weaned at 3.5 and I thought he was never going to stop nursing, I can't imagine doing tandem while pregnant.
And I've been really paying attention to my water intake and trying to not let myself get so stressed out, and it seems to have really helped. I still get strong BH contractions, but they're far less frequent.
Ok, this is what my midwife said...I went in and explained that I was having "bouts" of 2-3 min apart STRONG BH, and didn't bother to call because I was already resting and drinking. But then I added...is there ANYTHING else I could be doing to help alleviate this?
She said "Try calcium-magnesium in liquid form. regular dose on the bottle, twice a day."
It's working! The days I remember to take it...almost no BH, or at least a very "normal" amount. Days I forget to take it? BH Like WHOA. That was a week and a half ago I started, so thats my observation since then.