Thank you! I am going to start on that too.
Thank you! I am going to start on that too.
I have an irritable uterus and for all my pregnancies I've used Wild Yam and Black Haw (or Cramp Bark) tinctures together. It works like MAGIC. I would not be pregnant without them in my possession. The Natural Calm was pretty good too but not like MAGIC for me.
Avoid RRL. Seriously, it triggers braxton hicks for me something awful. I love the taste but have to completely avoid it my entire pregnancy, every time.
I also started drinking a ridiculous amount of water. I thought I was drinking tons already, but my midwife pushed me to drink more, and that has also helped. She also told me to cut extra sugar and salt from my diet which may have been counteracting my water intake (I admit, I had let myself get a little snack-happy).
You should always salt to taste. Restricting salt leads to swelling, retaining fluids & sometimes to hypertension/pre-eclampsia. Seriously, restricting salt is a bad idea, in pregnancy especially. I'm really surprised, I thought that advice had gone out many years ago.
Midwife put me on a Calcium/Magnesium supplement. If I started getting painful contractions that wouldn't go away, I was to take 1000mg worth of magnesium. You do not want Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc. The Zinc interferes with the uptake of either calcium or magnesium (cant remember which) as the receptors are the same "shape." See if you can find just Calcium/Magnesium in a 1:1 ratio or one with potassium is ok... just no zinc....
ETA: She also recommended I only drink one cup of weak RRL tea per day until 36 weeks... after that, as much as I wanted.
I know this thread is really old but I am a bit horrified at those suggesting women drink alcohol (especially hard liquor!!!) to stop contractions!!! No amount of alcohol has been shown to be safe at ALL in pregnancy. The effects of alcohol can be absolutely devastating on a baby during pregnancy, usually much more so than heavy drugs and narcotics. The effects of which are not only mental development, but also physical development. Although most babies with FAS had mothers who were heavier drinkers, it also occurs in light drinkers as well who are not addicts and children can shows signs of being affected by alcohol during pregnancy on all different levels without actually having full-blown FAS. And since the woman in this thread was having daily (hourly?) contractions, just how often would she need to drink to keep them at bay? Sorry, just really shocked that people would actually suggest this to a pregnant woman...
For what it is worth, doctors usually recommend drinking a litre of water and lying down for an hour if they are frequent. If this doesn't stop them they usually tell you to come in.
Actually I've heard recently of a study showing a low amount of alcohol is safe in pregnancy. Everywhere besides America and UK I've heard they feel the same. 1 serving just the once in a while for medical reasons doesn't sound so horrid to me. Have a full serving or several, often, recreationally is asking for trouble though.
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You're kidding right? If you honestly think a lot of alcohol is safe in pregnancy then I strongly suggest you do some research on the devastating effect alcohol can have on a child for the rest of their life. I would choose the effects of cocaine addiction over alcohol any day! I would seriously like to see this study, and know who funded it. Especially since alcohol is a known carcinogen and even one drink a day can significantly increase the risk of cancer. That alone should be enough to make it unsafe- even if it wasn't known to cause severe birth defects. I would love to know how they came to the conclusion it was completely safe when all other evidence supports it being extremely unsafe. And I am not in America or the UK and our government recommends that NO amount of alcohol is safe in pregnancy. Rightly so. May feel cool or trendy to boycott the recommendation, but it is not worth your babies future. Sure if you have one drink, they will probably turn out fine. Just like if you take one shot of heroin. Or a medicine known to cause birth defects. Or have one xray. But why risk it just so you can keep drinking alcohol? Not worth it.
Couldn't have said it better myself!
No doctor would ever recommend alcohol for braxton hicks. Or even premature labor contractions. Not even as a last resort. And as this thread is concerned, if the OP had used alcohol as a treatment method she would have had to have it at least once a day for the contractions. That's how many glasses of alcohol over the course of a pregnancy? It may settle the uterus (though I've yet to see evidence of that either) but it is doing so because of the harmful way it interacts with the body. In general braxton hicks are harmless and probably even beneficial to preparing the body for labour. In some cases they do need to be watched more carefully, but alcohol is not the answer.
I used huge amounts of water and a high dose of mag myself, and never ever drink any alcohol pregnant or not (ok maybe a half a sip to find out the taste of something), but I would try a half glass of mead or wine before going to the hospital for preterm labor. I have actually heard from moms whose OB's give alcohol by IV in addition to the magnesium and saline.
I'm going to take the unpopular side & admit to having a drink when the BH get frequent, & yes it was on the advice of a midwife. I don't drink recreationally, I never drink to get drunk & when non-pregnant my limit is 2. I have a large frame & petite does not describe me. I feel it's safer for the baby inside than out before 37 weeks & it does relax the (my) uterus. Doctors were giving IV's of alcohol back in the 70's for the same reason. I don't think that the posts were coming from the point of view that alcoholic mothers couldn't restrain their desire for a buzz; probably from reading Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery. I remember the story of the mother who was told by the doctor to drink vodka starting at 32 or 34 weeks to keep the baby from being born prematurely.