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Braxton Hicks?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I started to get noticeable bh contractions yesterday that were actually painful. Is anyone else getting these? I don't recall getting these so strongly with my other pregnancies.
post #2 of 18
Are you sure they weren't abdominal cramps from tummy problems?

You should probably let your HCP know, anyway, just in case!
post #3 of 18
I think I have been getting them - though not painful. I didn't get them (or just didn't notice them) with DD.
post #4 of 18
I've been getting them since about week 19 (super early, IMO!) and they've gotten stronger in the last couple of weeks. I got them in my first pregnancy as well, but not as often/intensely. I know BH aren't supposed to hurt, and these aren't like, killer, but they are tight! I asked my MW and she said not to worry (unless there were other PTL kinds of things, which there haven't been).
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
I asked a good friend of mine and she said with her 2nd pregnancy she got strong bh around 6 months too. I thought it was bh from where it is but am not used to the strength of them kwim? I was just concerned if it meant i was doing too much standing or walking etc.
post #6 of 18
2nd baby and mine started at 17 weeks, just keep an eye on them
post #7 of 18
I notice I get them more when I am tired (usually end of the day), and also that it helps to put my feet up awhile and drink some water. Dehydration can be a factor.
post #8 of 18
I have been having them on and off for weeks. Sometimes they hurt...sometimes I just notice that my belly is rock hard. As far as I am concerned and from what I have learned they are normal as long as they are not regular and as long as you do not have more then 6 per hour.
Alicia
post #9 of 18
Mine have been bad also! Right around 4pm they start up and I have to basically halt all major activity or else they get really strong, I would not say hurt since I know what actual labor feels like but they are uncomfortable
post #10 of 18
I get a lot of them too and they can be quite "strong" (not compared to actual labour but for BH). I got a lot with my son too but I seem to notice more this time around. I usually just try to take it easy if they're coming more frequently than I'd like and drink lots of water as someone else mentioned. I usually don't worry about them but I've had a few times this pregnancy that I've become a bit freaked at how many I've had in hour... but with no other troublesome symptoms I just try to rest and they usually settle down.
post #11 of 18
I've been having them since week 19 and was even given a script for Procardia at week 23 because I have them so often. They weren't so bad then, but as I get bigger, they get more and more painful. It seems whenever the baby goes through a growth spurt I get a lot of them, sometimes as often as every 2-3 minutes for a few hours.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by NormaJean13 View Post
I've been having them since week 19 and was even given a script for Procardia at week 23 because I have them so often. They weren't so bad then, but as I get bigger, they get more and more painful. It seems whenever the baby goes through a growth spurt I get a lot of them, sometimes as often as every 2-3 minutes for a few hours.
I've been told the procardia will make my BP too low, so I'm stuck without meds
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Britishmama View Post
I've been told the procardia will make my BP too low, so I'm stuck without meds
You know what though, I don't take them because I like to know what's going on. I figure I'm going to have these contractions no matter what, so as long as labor isn't imminent, what's the point of taking them? Especially since there's really no data out there about what effect it might have on a baby.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by NormaJean13 View Post
It seems whenever the baby goes through a growth spurt I get a lot of them, sometimes as often as every 2-3 minutes for a few hours.
that can explain my contractions!! my baby moves too much, I mean so much they can really hurt sometimes so I wonder if he is the cause of my set of real contractions... he is so freaking rough!
post #15 of 18
This will be my third babe and the BH contractions seem much more noticeable/painful with this one.
post #16 of 18
I get them everyday. I got hit with a painful one while driving home Sunday night. I just breathe through it and drink some water while reminding myself that my body is preparing for the real deal.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by robertandenith View Post
that can explain my contractions!! my baby moves too much, I mean so much they can really hurt sometimes so I wonder if he is the cause of my set of real contractions... he is so freaking rough!
I think definitely that can cause it - my LO moving around a lot sets them off.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by OhMel View Post
This will be my third babe and the BH contractions seem much more noticeable/painful with this one.
This is actually my 4th pregnancy (the first one was a miscarriage so I dont know if it "counts"). Maybe the BH are stronger with subsequent pregnancies or something......
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