I have been having contractions already...I know they are not labor ones, but the braxton hicks one...isnt this EARLY to be having these??? I dont remember with my other kids when i started having these.
(I am 22 weeks)
I have them a few times a day, I did with my first pregnancy too. I remember describing it to my MW and she said that's what they were but that I probably wouldn't be getting them for a while yet. One of my theories is that I had a quick labour because of all the "practicing" my uterus did, we'll see if it happens this time too.
Glad to hear I'm not alone either! Been having braxton-hicks since about 18 weeks, several a day (sometimes nearly non-stop all day long if I didn't sleep well or am feeling stressed). Seing my mw in a few days at 22 weeks and will check in with it, but it definitely makes me nervous sometimes that they've started so early. Feeling very much relieved now to see this thread :)
I have them all the time... and I actually have a condition called irritable uterus which gives me crampy contractions with pretty much everything I do. Any movement, walking, rolling over in bed, getting up, WORKING.... my uterus gets hard and tight and sometimes won't stop until I lie down. It is often very painful... not like labor...but hurting like pulled muscles and pain down my legs as well. My doc has me on a 2 week no work order...and I;m to rest up and see what happens. I am trying chiro, increase water, feet up, red raspberry leaf tea, added a cal/mag suppliment and epsom salts baths... all these things are suppose to help...but none have so far.
I had it in another pregnancy as well so I'm not freaked out about it...just annoyed that I can't enjoy myself xmas shopping! :)
I have had many discussions with my doc and done lots of research on this. If you lie down and your contractions do not change or slow down then it's best to head off to the hospital to make sure your cervix is closed. If you have blood or leaking you should go in as well. And if you have pain that persists and is unlike your "regular" pain (round ligament, Braxton hicks or pelvic pain) then go get checked.
Epsom salts bath
calcium mag suppliment
new jewelry with diamonds...
all these should help you feel better.
I've been having braxton-hicks contractions since about 20 weeks. Now that I'm 33 weeks +5 days - they are definitely uncomfortable. But also totally normal. Magnesium help them calm down if they're getting a bit too frequent/strong. I use the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil on my belly (and on my calfs too, helps with charlie horses.). I also drink a lot of coconut milk because that has a ton of mag in it. :)
The only time they ever worried me was after my husband and I had sex one time, they got really close together. But other than that, despite them being tight and uncomfortable, I find them really exciting! It just means my body/uterus is warming up and getting ready for birth. My midwife said that often having a lot of contractions and soon, prodromal labor, really helps tone and prep you for birth.
I don't know if I'm crazy or what, but I CAN'T WAIT for labor - it means I get to actually do something and get my baby out! :)