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Braxton Hicks yet, anyone?

post #1 of 17
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I'm 21 weeks today and have been noticing what I think are Braxton Hicks (if I'm remembering correctly from my last pregnancy) for the last two weeks or so. They're not regular and not uncomfortable. I just don't remember getting them quite this early last time around!

post #2 of 17
They come earlier in subsequent pregnancies. All the receptors are already in place from the last time so everything gears up much faster. It's totally normal. If you feel like they're coming too frequently, the usual advice is drink a big glass of water and lay down and they should subside.
post #3 of 17

I'm getting them with long walks.  But that's it.  Grab some water and chill out, that's what I do.  :)

post #4 of 17

I've been getting them for a few weeks now (I'm 24 weeks).  I need to drink more water and rest more I think when it's hot, but it's hard when I'm chasing after 3 other kids....

post #5 of 17

I'm a first time mama, 22 weeks along. I think I am getting them but I am not sure! it's like a tightening for a few seconds which feel like my uterus is about to fall out! I think that's Braxton Hicks??
 

post #6 of 17

Yep, I've been getting them for at least a couple weeks now (I'm 22 weeks, first pregnancy). I wasn't sure what they were at first, but they're unmistakable now. Not uncomfortable, though.

post #7 of 17

I've been getting them for a couple of weeks already too! I got them early with DS as well and just have to REALLY focus on drinking lots of water. 

 

KalaniR- BH to me feels like my uterus is trying to throw up (without feeling nausea at all). It's such a strange sensation!

post #8 of 17

I've been getting a lot of tightening that I can feel internally but no hardening on the outside- is that braxton hicks?  You'd think this being my 3rd baby I'd remember- but I don't.   It seems to happen a lot, especially when I'm resting/laying down.  They go away when I'm moving around.

post #9 of 17

How do you know? I'm in my first pregnancy and my midwives keep asking me, "Are you having any contractions?" and I'm thinking, How would I know? I've never had one before!

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by katealicia View Post

How do you know? I'm in my first pregnancy and my midwives keep asking me, "Are you having any contractions?" and I'm thinking, How would I know? I've never had one before!

For me, right now I frequently feel a very definite tightening.  I remember in my last 2 pregnancies, sometime after 30 weeks, my whole abdomen would get rock hard.  It wasn't painful but something you definitely notice.

post #11 of 17

Ok then I probably haven't had that yet :) He is so active though! We had so much trouble at the ultrasound because he wouldn't sit still long enough for her to look at anything. And yesterday at my midwife appointment they had such a hard time getting his heartbeat because he kept kicking the doppler! They said he is probably going to be an athlete. 

post #12 of 17

Ok haha so after all that, yesterday I definitely had 2 Braxton-Hicks contractions. 21 weeks, first pregnancy. You're right, there was no confusion when it actually happened. My uterus turned into a rock!

post #13 of 17

I get lots of Braxton Hicks.  I remember getting lots with my first two pregnancies as well.  

post #14 of 17

This is strange - at 23 weeks I still haven't experienced anything like this. What happens if I don't get them? Does that mean something is wrong?
 

post #15 of 17
No Jeunesdragons - some women don't get them, or at least, don't notice them. And even if they do, they often don't really get going until the third trimester. I didn't get any with my first baby but I've had a few with this one. Often BH this early on is a sign of dehydration.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by jeunesdragons View Post

This is strange - at 23 weeks I still haven't experienced anything like this. What happens if I don't get them? Does that mean something is wrong?
 

I never felt a single one with my first.  I may have been having them, but certainly did not notice.  I have noticed them with each of my other 3.

post #17 of 17

I've had BH with all my kids, from the beginning. I actually enjoy them. smile.gif I makes me excited for the labor experience. I don't care for pregnancy, but I love laboring and birthing. It's a beautiful mystery to anticipate unfolding! luxlove.gif

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