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Braxton Hicks??? Worry???

post #1 of 14
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Hi.....I am about 23 weeks and for the past few days have been having a tightening of my belly.....sometimes my whole belly below the belly button, sometimes it feels like just one side, like the baby is turning or something. It is not painful, but uncomfortable. Sometimes I feel crampy with it too.

Yesterday I cancelled everything and rested and drank ALOT, like 100 oz of water. I had preterm labor with DD at 32 weeks and this is scaring me. Around noon I was going to time how many I had in an hour and then call my midwife, but they ceased.

I had 2 in the 11pm hour last night, and 2 upon waking today. That's it for now, but I am really taking it easy.

Does this sound like BH?? or should I play it safe and go in for a cervical measurment. My cervix was measured 2 weeks ago and was within the 'normal' and safe range, but at the low end.
post #2 of 14
Sounds like BH's to me. I felt them pretty early with my second pregnancy.
post #3 of 14
I'm having them too (20weeks) I dont think they are anything to worry about, its weird for me though as I never had them my last pregnancy.

If you're worried though I would call your midwife even if its just to give yourself peace of mind
post #4 of 14
I had them early, and they were powerful as well. I'm sure there is nothing to be concerned about, but I also would encourage you to call your midwife just to share the information.
post #5 of 14
I ahd them with my first starting at 28 wks, with my second starting at 18 weeks, and with this one starting at 9 wks. Some woman just get them. Good Luck!!
post #6 of 14
I had them a bunch starting around 20 weeks and they haven't let up! Yours sound just like BH to me, but if you're worried about PTL, you can always have your midwife check everything out at your next appointment to ease your mind.
post #7 of 14
I've had lots more BH this time (pg #2) starting quite early in pregnancy. I'm 30 weeks now and I have some that I actually have to breathe through, they're so strong. Worse at night and when I'm tired and/or need more water. If I'm on my feet a lot I get them, so I try to rest a lot. I keep joking that I'm going to shoot the baby out in a couple of hours at this rate of uterine "exercise"! Wishful thinking, probably, LOL.

Carol
post #8 of 14
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Hmmmmm, so this is mother nature's sick joke??? We have to worry our whole pregnancy if these are practice contractions or 'real' ones?? How unfair!

So if having them is normal, do you need to stop them? I mean, do I need to rest or lay down when I feel them? Stay home and rest if they are frequent? Or just keep going about life?
post #9 of 14
Mine started at about 22 weeks. Some days they are more frequent than others, it seems to me when I am bending over, or standing up for long periods of time. Last week we were moving, and I felt them hourly, sometimes a few times an hour. Then other days I may only feel one all day.

They don't hurt at all, like you said are just a tightening. My massage therapist (who is also a doula) says that she can tell a lot about how a mom will handle a birth by how she handles the BH. I try to just relax and tend to rub my belly a bit, that's all.

Because it sounds like everyone gets them, I haven't worried. It is a strange feeling though!
post #10 of 14
i had them at about 23 weeks with ds1 and i had no idea what they were so I was talked into (scared into)going to the hospital. I was having 3-4 an hour for that one evening and it wasnt painful at all just undeniably tightening.
Anyways they put me on brethene for a few months to stop them. If I would have known that they were normal and I should just go home and try some relaxation techniques and wait to see what happens I would have done that instead.
I dont think they are anything to worry about. If you are worried try some relaxation techniques that work for you, drink some water and see what happens.
Good luck mama
post #11 of 14
If you are someone who has had PTL in the past, you might want to keep a closer eye on your BH contractions than most people here have mentioned. Most practitioners will tell you that if you are having more than 4-6 an hour (depends on your provider how many they think are okay per hour) to give them a call. They may want to have you rest, modify your activity level, possibly do a cervical check or fetal fibronectin test to check for signs of PTL. If it seems to be more than just BH, they might put you on meds, bedrest, etc. My advice is that if with rest and hydration you are still having more than 4-6 in an hour, definately give your provider a call. My first being born at 36 weeks was enough to have my OB watch me closely for any signs of PTL with my second.
post #12 of 14
I'm 25 weeks (well, tomorrow) and actually went in to be checked after a full 24 hours of crampiness/pain/tightening. I knew it wasn't "real" contractions, but they were so low and so frequent that I decided to play the "better safe than sorry" game.

I, too, have had preemie babies (one at 36 weeks and twins at a day short of 35 weeks) and really don't want to go that route again, so that played a factor in my going to be checked.

Anyhow, I found that I'm dilated to 3cm already. While the contractions weren't "real", but rather from what my ob called an "irritable uterus", the result is the same.....it'll take longer, but the cramps/pains I'm having will dilate my cervix over time. I'm supposed to take it easy, no exercising, and if the contractions pick up, get back in to be monitored again.

It *is* normal for BH contractions to start earlier with each pregnancy, and they often can be *very* uncomfortable/painful, even. But it's important to know whether they're causing any cervical changes, and since you've had PTL in the past, it would be prudent to make sure that you aren't having cervical changes now as a result of the BH you're feeling.

JMO.
post #13 of 14
mine started at around 20 weeks (I'm almost 27 weeks now) as time goes on they get stronger for me. When they hit me, I try to slow down - preferrably sit down for a few minutes and drink some water - however, I've got 3 other children so that isn't always possible. If I start getting them frequently and start feeling the crampiness or dizziness I sometimes get from them, then I will insist on sitting down whether the little ones like it or not.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by momto3g3b
Anyhow, I found that I'm dilated to 3cm already. While the contractions weren't "real", but rather from what my ob called an "irritable uterus", the result is the same.....it'll take longer, but the cramps/pains I'm having will dilate my cervix over time.
It *is* normal for BH contractions to start earlier with each pregnancy, and they often can be *very* uncomfortable/painful, even. But it's important to know whether they're causing any cervical changes, and since you've had PTL in the past, it would be prudent to make sure that you aren't having cervical changes now as a result of the BH you're feeling.

JMO.
Exactly what I thought.....I just needed to hear it from somebody else. I thought that even though BH are normal, they are still having an effect (or can) on your cervix. Mine have stopped in the last few days. If they start again, I will definately call and go in!
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