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Anyone else already experiencing these? I'm only about 16w (if even) and have felt what feels like BH for a week now. The only thing is that I can't really feel it if I touch my tum from the outside, but it totally feels like this is what it is. I had them early w/DS and A LOT of them so maybe it's just my body.shrug.gif


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I've felt a few.  I've heard they can begin really early on, and usually people don't notice them until the uterus is bigger.  I think that's right but I'm not sure!


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Sorry, what is a BH?


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Yes, I have definitely been feeling them.  I am also not able to feel any tightening from the outside, but that is definitely what is going on.  I'd recognize THAT anywhere!  LOL

 

(PS - TeamGR, "BH" is short for Braxton-Hicks.)

 

So, I've pretty much learned over the years that BH get stronger, earlier, with each subsequent pregnancy.  Considering how strong mine already are (actually uncomfortable at times) and I am just 17w3d, I have a feeling I'm in for it.  Heheh... well, I just tell myself it's good for my over-worked uterus!


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I kinda wonder if it's all the RRL tea I drink - if so it sure works those muscles!

Those of you that have early/stronger BHs, have your previous labors been shorter? Mine w/DS was pretty fast (5hrs) and "efficient";) 


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BH contrax usually start around 12 weeks or so, but most people can't feel them. I have always felt them early. Around 17 weeks with DS and 13 weeks with DD. This one it was around 15 weeks or so. I think it's totally normal! My mom said she always had them really early too.


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Cant feel em yet... I can barely feel anything at all I am starting to get discouraged!!!

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I think that's what I'm feeling! I didn't during my first pregnancy, that's weird!


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I'm having BH a couple times a day (yet another reason why not feeling movement is super annoying!). They are just an annoying tightness.


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I kinda wonder if it's all the RRL tea I drink - if so it sure works those muscles!

Those of you that have early/stronger BHs, have your previous labors been shorter? Mine w/DS was pretty fast (5hrs) and "efficient";) 



I didn't make the connection, but I've been drinking RRL tea for the last week or so and it started in the last few days!


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Not me, not yet. With DD it started at 20 weeks though, so any day now Im expecting it.

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What do Braxton-Hicks feel like?  This is my first pregnancy, and sometimes my uterus feels tight, like there's something pushing it outwards, but other times I get a tightening lower down, even through my cervix and lower.  But this only happens every now and then.  

 

Thanks!  Sorry to be such a noob!


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What do Braxton-Hicks feel like?  This is my first pregnancy, and sometimes my uterus feels tight, like there's something pushing it outwards, but other times I get a tightening lower down, even through my cervix and lower.  But this only happens every now and then.  

 

Thanks!  Sorry to be such a noob!

They're hard to explain...I only was sure what they were b/c I had so many w/my first and it's such a unique feeling. Definitely the tightness. Basically I think they feel like what they are, your uterus muscles tightening/contracting! I don't necessarily feel pushing out, but do feel that when Sweet Pea's back pushes (but that's just one little area). 

Soon you will know b/c you'll be able to put your hand there and it'll feel hard (I can't feel it on the outside yet).

I've been getting them maybe 5 or more times a day. This pregnancy seems to be going so fast!
 

 


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This pregnancy seems to be going so fast!

 

 


I feel the same way....slow down, time!  I feel like I just got my bfp the other day.

 


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I didn't have them with my DS, (that I noticed at least) but I'm 18 weeks and have been feeling them for the past two. I was confused at first, but made the connection today because I was getting a bit anxious about them. I work full time at a pretty labor intensive job.  All the tightening was concerning me and my next appointment isn't for a while, so I started researching.  It seems so early to me to be experiencing BH, but I guess not! Glad I'm not the only one!


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So glad I found this post! I was just getting ready to google search it.  I've been having BH (or at least I think that's what is it) for at least 2-3 weeks.  I am currently 22 weeks, and just didn't know what to expect.  They don't hurt, and sometimes its feels like my uterus only tightens in certain areas.  

 

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Me too! And definitely earlier and more with every pregnancy. With my first pregnancy I swear I didn't feel any until about 2 days before his birth so they were probably more like real "warm-up" contractions than BH. With the second I felt them starting around the beginning of the 3rd trimester, making me think he would be earlier....nope. And this one they have started before 20 weeks. Hopefully that means a uterus that remembers the drill and baby comes out with ease this time. :D


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I've been having Braxton Hicks for a few weeks now. I had a TON of them with DS#1 so this isn't unexpected, but I don't remember them from this early (of course I felt movement WAY earlier with this pregnancy and I think the two may be related). BTW, for those of you who may be worried about the BHs. I had them pretty much constantly from 32 weeks on with DS#1 and I went on to deliver at 40 weeks. It was definitely not a warning sign of anything, just the way my body "does" pregnancy, I guess. I am with naturegirl in hoping that these early BH will result in a swift and easy labor (last labor was ridiculously long due to an uncooperative cervix).

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I do think there's a correlation btwn them and labor time, but we'll have to see in Feb;) My first was 5 hrs and had tons of BHs w/him (but only 3rd tri).

For those of you that don't know, they can be a sign of dehydration, so make sure to drink a lot if you get a lot (I definitely notice a change when I'm not hydrated!). Also taking cal/mag should help if you get a lot. If it gets to the point there are a lot in a short period (probably more likely further along) or they're uncomfortable I would drink a lot and take a warm bath and it stopped them;)

 


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i am getting them now. i'm 20 weeks. i have been for about 3 weeks. not too frequent, mostly when im active.

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