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Braxton Hicks

post #1 of 91
Thread Starter 
I'm having Braxton hicks sooner with this pregnancy. I think I first noticed them at around 14-15 weeks I think. My midwife said it was normal. I'm 20 weeks and have already had 4-5 Braxton hicks contractions today. My uterus gets so hard and becomes a lop sided lump depending on where the baby is positioned.
post #2 of 91

I've been noticeably having them for about a week now, I'm almost 19 weeks. I know mine are at least partially caused by not drinking enough water-something I struggle with every pregnancy.

post #3 of 91
I have them daily, probably 4-5 like you. I'm 20 weeks. I started noticing them alarmingly (to me) early. Around 12-13 weeks. I think the first ones were probably more my uterus growing and expanding out of my pelvis. The ones now are definitely BH. Like freckledmama, I chug water when I notice them ramping up.
post #4 of 91

I tried to revive my old thread about general preterm labor concerns (contractions + cervical softening before the end of pregnancy), but I guess no one else in the DDC has had any results from their braxton hicks and they are true BH contractions?

Am i the only one who has BH that aren't actually BH, they are actual contractions all throughout second and third trimesters and without taking it *really easy*  (i.e. very little activity second trimester and bedrest third trimester) would deliver early?

post #5 of 91

I don't have this occur with me.  I have had a couple doula clients over the years have a similar situation.  My thoughts and prayers are with you through this journey.

post #6 of 91
Thread Starter 
I emailed my midwife asking if I could have my cervix checked for my own peace of mind since I had lots of bh over the weekend due to not drinking enough water and feeling the baby a lot down low at my cervix. Sometimes I feel like he will push though into my vagina! I had that sensation with DD in the 3rd trimester when she was head down but it did nothing to my cervix. I thought for sure all the BH and pressure I felt in my cervix in the 3rd tri with my DD would have done something to prepare my cervix but it didn't. When I was checked on the Tuesday before I went into labor my cervix was still hard and not dilated.
post #7 of 91

I started really feeling mine around week 16 - then I had some real contractions. I rev'd up my water intake and have only had a few since (each time I drink more water) - I also started the Makena (17 P) shot weekly because I went into preterm labor last year at 18 weeks. For me I think that BH (if prolonged) start real contractions for me. I think that's what you were asking Serafina. 

post #8 of 91
I've had a couple in the last few weeks. Probably began around 15 or so weeks this time. I've always had tons of them, though- they were very disturbing to me in my first pregnancy, but I don't pay much attention anymore.
post #9 of 91
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jennyanydots View Post

I've had a couple in the last few weeks. Probably began around 15 or so weeks this time. I've always had tons of them, though- they were very disturbing to me in my first pregnancy, but I don't pay much attention anymore.
How often would you say you have them a day?
post #10 of 91
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Originally Posted by swissmiss2584 View Post

How often would you say you have them a day?
i'm not noticing them daily yet. I do remember last pregnancy (3rd baby) mentioning their frequency to my MW and she said that women who have had multiple pregnancies experience them more and earlier because the body remembers and gets ready for the next labor. Or something like that.
post #11 of 91

I've been feeling them since about 17w, and this is my third.  I feel them all the way up my body too! It's weird. But normal, though I'll admit I need more water. I get them 1-2x a day.

post #12 of 91
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Originally Posted by Thebyr View Post
 - I also started the Makena (17 P) shot weekly because I went into preterm labor last year at 18 weeks. For me I think that BH (if prolonged) start real contractions for me.  

This is exactly what I was trying to ask about in my other thread. 

Describe what this shot is?  I had heard about progesterone gel vaginal suppositories but not about any shots, for preventing preterm labor for those of us who are actually at high risk for preterm labor.

post #13 of 91
Serafina- this isn't necessarily my experience, but my sister got weekly progesterone shots when she was pregnant with her twins to prevent pre term labor.
post #14 of 91

I get what I guess are Braxton Hicks after I have an orgasm, every time.  My uterus gets really hard and I can just feel some tension, though no pain in my lower abdomen.  The first time I mentioned it to my partner he kinda freaked out, but I told him that I had read this is normal.  Every once in a while, usually when I'm sitting for a while, I get a kind of crampy feeling that is mildly painful, but that will usually go away if I get up and move.  Not sure if those are also BHs.  I was under the impression that BHs are totally normal and no cause for alarm.  Is that not the case?  I don't have the greatest OB/GYN, though she is the best one I could find.  At my last appointment I told her that sometimes I feel my uterus get really hard and she just said, "That's normal, nothing to worry about."

post #15 of 91

They are absolutely normal.  In rare cases, they actually cause preterm birth, and for those of us in that group, we are considered high risk for future preterm deliveries and need to be careful about any activities which cause contractions.

post #16 of 91
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Originally Posted by Serafina33 View Post

This is exactly what I was trying to ask about in my other thread. 

Describe what this shot is?  I had heard about progesterone gel vaginal suppositories but not about any shots, for preventing preterm labor for those of us who are actually at high risk for preterm labor.

 

The shot comes in two different forms: the brand name Makena that comes already mixed or a progesterone oil that your doc's pharmacy usually mixes in house to make the shot. They are basically the exact same thing. Makena costs more and your insurance of course has to agree to approve it. Took my insurance co two days and then another day for my OB office to order and receive the meds. Some docs/insurance companies allow you to receive the shots at home and administer them yourself. It's a shot that you take in the butt or hip once a week starting at 16 weeks until 36 weeks. At 17 weeks I was approved for 20 shots (one more than I will need). My doc's office just schedules a nurse's visit for me once a week and I go get the shot. The progesterone is supposed to encourage your uterus to stay calm, cervix to stay long and closed. So far - I haven't had any real contractions since I was hospitalized back at 17 weeks- just a few BH here and there. But that's how my real contractions started - had pretty frequent BH from Sunday -Tuesday on Wednesday the real contractions started and I went to triage. They gave me Indicin (sp?) to stop them and kept me over night. Whenever I get a BH - I drink a TON more water and lay down. One or two don't freak me out - but if I have 4 or more in one day - I pretty much put myself on bed rest and drink drink drink.

 

I hope I answered all of your questions. 

post #17 of 91

I guess I'll find what options are available in this country when I go to my first appointment at the hospital next week (I have thusfar just been going to the regular antenatal clinic).  So far I haven't had more than one in a day and I've never much had them before 20 weeks (I'm almost 18 weeks) so I haven't really been expecting them yet.  But May should be interesting...

 

Hey, good luck Thebyr.  After 1 preemie in NICU and 3 months of bedrest keeping #2 to term, I know what a tough struggle it can be.

post #18 of 91

Nice long hard cervix nearly 5cm today -- no bad signs at all yet!

post #19 of 91
Whoo whoo!
post #20 of 91
Thread Starter 
That's great Serafina33!! I got checked out on Monday after having so many BH for two days and feeling lots of movement on my cervix. Everything is normal!
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