Thanks for your response! I took yesterday off from RRL and have had much less so far today. I don't know if one day is enough to draw a conclusion, but if I had to I would say there is a connection between the amount I drink and the amount of BH I have. I will be 37 weeks on Tuesday and safe for a homebirth so I think I will pick it back up then. The BH are not painful at all, so I am thinking that I will keep drinking RRL and hope that the BH are toning the uterus. I can deal with the tightness/hardness. Just wanted to know that it was safe.
Yes and no. Most of the time, they don't do anything but tone the uterus, and that is fine. At 36 weeks, I wouldn't worry about it. I know they are uncomfortable and can drain you, but you're far enough along that you don't have to worry about contractions dilating your cervix. (Since many women begin to dilate at this point anyways.) I was in that group that had constant BH with my last pregnancy, and I have a lot with this one as well. IF the contractions aren't normal for you, they hurt, come out of nowhere, etc. then I'd suspect that they are a symptom of something like a UTI, dehydration, or possibly preterm labor. In that case, I'd call your doctor/midwife. Again, the vast majority of the time, the BH are just toning your uterus and are nothing to worry about.
I think you're fine on the RRL. If you stop the RRL, do the contractions stop?