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post #41 of 91
Also, I believe this thread did start out as just a thread about Braxton hicks, not as a ptl and cervix softening discussion. You totally were not out of place at all!!
post #42 of 91
Jenny - I don't think anyone was trying to kick you out. We were just explaining why some of us get checked more often and why our BH can cause real contractions- in response to your question.
post #43 of 91
Thanks, Thebyr and MamaMash. I was responding to this statement, which sounds like a clear exclusion.
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Originally Posted by Serafina33 View Post

This thread is is a discussion for us women who are (or suspect that they are) in a high risk (for preterm labor) pregnancy and who have cause to suspect that the activity of their uterus/cervix is not normal and could be leading to a threat of preterm delivery.

Sorry for coming back, I did unsub and shouldn't have checked in again. I'll leave the discussion alone now.
post #44 of 91

I have been away and just now back and realizing I kicked off Jennyanydots. Sorry! redface.gif  Of course a general discussion of getting braxton hicks contractions is fine, I guess my tone was read as kinda icy, when it wasn't intended that way.

 

Of course all the mamas who want to talk about their normal BH feelings (that they have no reason to suspect actually do anything or are anything to worry about) can talk about them here, as well as in the general 'how are you feeling' thread--- why not?  It'll make me a little jealous but I can survive it.  ;)   I'm envious of all women in that boat, as I wish I could just think of BH as merely a nuissance or another uncomfortable pregnancy symptom, and not a predictor of heading back to months of bedrest or life in a NICU.

 

I have tried to get a PTL thread going once in winter and again recently but no one was responding to that thread, so I moved my focus on discussing the battle for preventing preterm labor symptoms to this thread.  It was my fault for realizing that the title of this thread (and the OP) did not indicate an exclusive discussion on BH and their connection to genuine 'PTL worry' issues, but rather a more open discussion of having contractions.  duh.gif  I should not have responded to Jennyanydot's question so matter-of-factly or curtly or however I managed to do.  Sorry!

 

My bad!  :)  oops.gif

post #45 of 91
Thread Starter 
I started this thread because I was having BH and was wondering if others were having them as early as I was. This was just a general BH thread for anyone to discuss their BH contractions. :-)
post #46 of 91
Today I've been having quite a few contractions-I'm assuming BH. I probably need to drink more water and put my feet up. This weekend was super busy and I was up waking around more than normal.

I think I've been getting them earlier with each pregnancy. Which makes sense if you think about it.
post #47 of 91
Thread Starter 
I have a few a day now. Good uterine exercises. ;-) I get them sometimes after I pee.
post #48 of 91

Mine have definitely vamped up these last two weeks since my last hospital checkup which they measured my cervix and so on.  :/  One more week until the next check and I hope the news stays good despite feeling contractions more often.  

post #49 of 91
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Serafina33 View Post

Mine have definitely vamped up these last two weeks since my last hospital checkup which they measured my cervix and so on.  :/  One more week until the next check and I hope the news stays good despite feeling contractions more often.  
Hope everything stays the same for you!
post #50 of 91
My BH have amped up this week. They are more frequent and way more intense. They don't particularly hurt unless I press on my rock hard uterus, I learned very quickly not go touch my uterus during one. They are very uncomfortable. I hope I'm still in the "harmless BH camp." I am glad I have an appt next Friday instead of a month away.
post #51 of 91

Fingers crossed!  Mine are intense maybe twice a day, and a few little ones during the day as well.

I have 11 days until I know what my cervix is up to but it looked fine during the anatomy scan yesterday.  However, it's very inaccurate compared with a transvaginal ultrasound.  We shall see....

post #52 of 91

Cervix still looks really good as of today!

They prescribed progesterone suppositories to take every evening, vaginally, to relax my uterus.  I may not have to be  on bedrest the entire third trimester!  joy.gif

post #53 of 91
Great news serafina!
post #54 of 91
Thread Starter 
We were out of town camping with family for about a week and during that time I started to get a lot of BH. They would subside when I would sit or lay down. I would get them when I had a full bladder and then after I emptied my bladder, when I would stand up after sitting, bend over or get stressed. Since getting home last night I've been trying to rest more, eat better and drink lots of water. I tried counting them and have 2-3 a hour sometimes. No real pattern though.

I have a prenatal next week so I'm just going to take it easy until I can see my midwife and maybe get checked out.

My husband is picking up a magnesium supplement called Natural Calm for me tonight to see if that helps. I haven't been taking my full dose of prenatal vitamins the past 2 weeks so I wonder if that may be causing them too.
post #55 of 91

Magnesium citrate seems to be helping me!

post #56 of 91
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Serafina33 View Post

Magnesium citrate seems to be helping me!
How much are you taking total? I think it's helping me some. I'm getting them less but still getting quite a few everyday.
post #57 of 91

300mg per day

 

I also started (just a week ago) taking progesterone (brand name Lugesterone) suppositories up my lady bits in the evening.  But I've done the magnesium citrate everyday since I got the BFP.

post #58 of 91

Has anyone experienced contractions after intercourse? It seems no matter how gentle my husband is I end up in a lot of discomfort all night long. Seeing as this is my first child, the first time I experienced this I was confused and not sure if I was experiencing contractions or just back and pelvis pain, but last night I noticed definite tightening of my uterus and hardening of my belly.  This happens for hrs and I cant really tell when one stops and another begins. I've read around online and see that I'm not the only person going through this. Just wondering if anyone here is having this issue?
 

post #59 of 91

Yup, orgasm is a definite BH trigger.

post #60 of 91
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Originally Posted by Handsthathold View Post

Has anyone experienced contractions after intercourse? It seems no matter how gentle my husband is I end up in a lot of discomfort all night long. Seeing as this is my first child, the first time I experienced this I was confused and not sure if I was experiencing contractions or just back and pelvis pain, but last night I noticed definite tightening of my uterus and hardening of my belly.  This happens for hrs and I cant really tell when one stops and another begins. I've read around online and see that I'm not the only person going through this. Just wondering if anyone here is having this issue?
 


After orgasm, I definitely feel my uterus tightening up and can usually feel what position the baby is best in that moment.  Kinda weird cause it switches your brain track from one thing to another pretty quickly. I'm fortunate to not get much pain or discomfort with it, just a kind of tight feeling.  Sometimes if I roll over or get up to do something right after orgasm it does seem to get a little uncomfortable with a little pain.  But if I just lay there without moving - good opportunity to relish the moment - just the tight feeling.

 

I get the sense BH contractions are only painful for me if I'm moving.  I have experienced some pain and discomfort while walking, but very randomly.  Like it doesn't correspond to having walked a lot or to not having walked much but it does usually go away when I stop walking.  I thought this was round ligament pain, but my midwife sasid it is probably BH contractions

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