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post #61 of 91
I don't get BH from sex but I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing stronger orgasms since they became pregnant? Mine keep getting stronger and stronger the further along I get. Also this effect seems to stay after the baby comes along in my case as well. Each child has brought on better stronger orgasms after I totally healed up from the birth. Anyone else?
post #62 of 91

I don't sense that I'm getting tons of BHs lately but my cervix is shrinking nonetheless.  :/  3 more mm and I'm in the danger zone. 

post #63 of 91
Thread Starter 
Oh no! Will they put you on bed rest?
post #64 of 91
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Originally Posted by letniaLynne View Post

I don't get BH from sex but I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing stronger orgasms since they became pregnant? Mine keep getting stronger and stronger the further along I get. Also this effect seems to stay after the baby comes along in my case as well. Each child has brought on better stronger orgasms after I totally healed up from the birth. Anyone else?


I haven't noticed that they are stronger, but I have noticed that I get turned on way more often and way easier now that I'm pregnant.  I wouldn't mind that sticking around after the baby comes along.

post #65 of 91
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Originally Posted by swissmiss2584 View Post

Oh no! Will they put you on bed rest?

yup, and start me on steroids to mature baby's lungs in case she suddenly comes out.

post #66 of 91
Thread Starter 
So sorry Serafina. Hopefully she will hold on.

My Braxton hicks have gotten really strong. Hard to move when I have a strong one.
post #67 of 91
I had my appt today. He checked my cervix and its still hard and closed. Thank goodness. My BH have gotten very strong but more spaced out. I only get a few a day now instead of a few an hour. Keep us updated Serafina!
post #68 of 91

Well, over the last 48 hours, I've had the steroid shots in case jr comes early - lost my mucus plug on Thursday of last week, had contractions Friday and again yesterday. They aren't putting me on full bed rest yet, but told me to relax and drink lots of water. Luckily, my cervix is still high and closed, but they are freaking me out none-the-less. I hope you are fairing better, Serafina. Let's keep these little girls floating for a few more weeks yet!
 

post #69 of 91

You lost your mucus plug and they haven't put you on bedrest?!  That seems so odd to me, but then again I know nothing about the statistics of how many women will go into labor within x days or weeks after losing mucus plug.  I only have the experience of having a premature baby within days of losing my mucus plug.  I'm wishing you the best!  I go to the doc on friday to check things again.

post #70 of 91
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Originally Posted by Serafina33 View Post

You lost your mucus plug and they haven't put you on bedrest?!  That seems so odd to me, but then again I know nothing about the statistics of how many women will go into labor within x days or weeks after losing mucus plug.  I only have the experience of having a premature baby within days of losing my mucus plug.  I'm wishing you the best!  I go to the doc on friday to check things again.

Losing the mucus plug is not in itself worrying - the problem comes when it´s combined with something else (in HookZenYarn's case, contractions). Lots of women lose the plug throughout their pregnancies, and it just regenerates - personally I lose bits of it whenever I have sex, and it's no big deal as long as there are no contractions or cervical changes.

post #71 of 91

Yes, it's the contractions with the mucus plug loss that is apparently worrying the docs. And a positive fetal fibronectin result. But that only means a 30% chance of premature labor, so since there haven't been any cervix changes, I'm still hoping for the best. In fact, I think baby will cause me all kinds of worry, but won't actually come until 42 weeks. Just cause. :)
 

post #72 of 91

I posted this in How Are You Feeling, but relevant here as well!  My update:

My cervix got a bit longer! (As well as the continued status of being not overly soft, not opening at all, perfectly fine).  Now over 3 cm instead of just 2.8cm, so I'm no longer dangerously close to the 2.5cm threshold they consider to begin crisis-mode.   The last ten days the kids have been with their dad and I've been putting my feet up and relaxing as hard as I can have really paid off.  Yay!  joy.gif
But the contractions hurt.  Like 5 constant minutes of back labor pain, once or twice a day, + a few strong BH contractions at other times.  I waddle slowly and my uterus hangs very low in my unhinged hips, pinching at awful points and pressing against my bladder always.  Or that's how it feels.  Ugh, need to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel rather than the current misery!  

post #73 of 91

So it seems like my BH just ramped up in the past 2 days and this evening, i thought i counted at least 6 in an hour.  But i'm actually not totally sure because the sensation is fairly subtle for me and then i'll notice that my uterus is really hard - so, when i started worrying about it, i started checking my uterus a lot and it seems hard much of the time.  and if it were a reasonable time of day i'd just call my midwife but i don't want to overreact and call in the middle of the night, especially when my regular midwife is gone and i'd be dealing with the back-up person whom i've never met.  

 

for those of you who are seasoned at this baby-making thing, is it normal to have days when the BH are super frequent?  there is no pain or discomfort, just the tightening feeling.  i've read that more than 4 per hour is a concern even if they aren't painful or progressive in any other way.  i'm also wondering if it is a hydration issue - i've only ever gotten them in the evenings and i don't know that i drink enough on a daily basis.  

post #74 of 91

That was like me in my first pregnancy.  I mentioned it and they checked my cervix and it was thinning and starting to open in the 7th and 8th months so they told me to avoid excess physical activity.

Do you notice it is triggered by anything?

post #75 of 91
Thread Starter 
Dehydration and having coffee causes me to get a lot. Also doing too much. Try taking Natural Calm magnesium powder. That helps me and drink tons of water.
post #76 of 91
Dehydration is a tricky one esp. for us since it's SO hot out and we are in the home stretch. I idiotically find myself lazy and it being torture getting up to get that glass of water. Doing too much walking or even standing (!!!) triggers them for me as well. My belly is usually pretty tight most of the time now also. I noticed it much earlier this pregnancy for sure.
post #77 of 91
Yep. Dehydration always triggers them for me and I'm horrible about keeping up with water. Especially in the heat of summer. Boo.
post #78 of 91

i checked in with my midwife yesterday and she also thought it was likely dehydration so i spent most of the day taking in various fluids and it definitely helped.  had a few contractions last night but not very many.  i guess i really do need to be more mindful on my fluid intake - i think i've been borderline for most of my pregnancy and i was shocked at how my body took in the nearly 3 quarts i gave it yesterday - i expected i would've been peeing like mad but i didn't, which tells me that it was being absorbed and used.  

 

and it's super helpful to know that in late pregnancy the uterus can just be tighter since i've noticed that these past few days and didn't know if it was a contraction or what - i can feel it when i'm standing up and it was confusing at first.  i do think that i'd like to get my cervix checked at my next appt though, just to completely ease my mind.  i don't have any reason to believe that i'm at risk for PTL but i know that it can happen to anyone.  and i seem to be in a more pronounced worry stage so i could use some reassurance!

post #79 of 91

it's strange to me that so many different sensations would all fall under the term Braxton Hicks. 

 

i'm 29 weeks today and BH has gone from tiny, painless contractions to strong, period-like contractions (or could that one just be ligament pain?) to scary-looking uterine spasms. is anyone else getting the latter? 

 

the baby was moving A LOT last night. has been moving a lot the last days, but yesterday included painful kicks in my sides and stuff like that. anyway, i also counted a few spasms during that time. it basically looked like the baby was having a seizure.

we looked it up and it seems to be a fairly common thing, although i'm unclear on what's happening. one site said it's uterine contractions that result from ligament pain and BH (so it's not the baby). another site says it's the baby who got caught somewhere (think ribs) and trying to "shake" itself free. that sounds a bit strange to me. the uterine contractions explanation makes more sense to me. anyway, anybody else get those? also, do you think i should call my doctor on Monday and just make sure she's in the loop - is there any potential case where this would NOT be normal? 

post #80 of 91
Yes, the shaking sensation is normal. Another pregnancy board I'm on was discussing this the other day. As odd as it feels to us, it is a normal type of movement.

FWIW, I had it in all 4 previous pregnancies as well and 4 healthy babies. smile.gif
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