I'm 23 weeks along and am having pressure and a light, crampy feeling in my lower abdomen and groin this afternoon. It's uncomfortable, but not painful. Is it possible these are BH contractions? I have an appointment with my midwife tomorrow, so I'll certainly tell her about it then. Just looking for an explanation and some reassurance in the meantime.
Braxton Hicks at 23 Weeks?
I've been getting them since about 14 weeks or so - and some are quite painful. My OB told me they get worse with each pregnancy. Since this is pregnancy #5, I believe her. :)
Usually mine go away with rest, or if I go pee, or drink more water. They usually want you to call if you're having more than 6 an hour.
Don't worry, those are normal. I've been getting them since 14 weeks or so. I especially notice them with "intimate activity" with the husband...has anyone else noticed that? I get very strong ones after orgasm, especially. Sometimes I can feel the uterus tightening up, or I'll notice it along with round ligament pain. Or sometimes I don't feel them at all, and just notice when I put a hand on my stomach. I think they come in different strengths. I've never had pain from them unless I'm constipated...and then I think the pain is from that, not the BH themselves. I'm hoping that with having so many BH, that I'll have a quicker labor since my uterus is getting so much "practice" in. :)
Oh, I know it's normal. I just think it's interesting, that's all. I noticed it in the first trimester as well, it's just a lot more noticeable as time goes on. Makes sense...the uterus is bigger. I think my libido has gotten a lot more active as pregnancy progresses as well. Usually have intercourse 2-3 times daily w/DH...I would do it more if he didn't have to work. :P I've also noticed BH with just plain arousal, regardless of orgasm. Those ones aren't as strong as the orgasm-related ones, though. This will be my first baby, so I've never birthed before. I do wonder about orgasmic sensation during childbirth, since the contractions are very linked to arousal/orgasm for me. They actually feel good, just by themselves! Again, interesting. I'm very much looking forward to having my daughter, as much for birthing her as for actually meeting her! So excited. <3