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Old 09-16-2009, 07:45 AM - Thread Starter
 
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For the past 24 hours I've been having almost constant BH contractions - my belly is always rock hard. It's exhausting and I'm getting worried. This is my third pregnancy.

Would you call your OB about this?

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:09 AM
 
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This happened during my third pregnancy as well. Make sure you are hydrated...go ahead and drink another glass of water. Taking a long, cool shower also helped me.

I did call the ob and it was more stressful than necessary (but that was because it was a VBAC planned birth and they did not like that I wanted a VBAC). I ended up going in for a stress test and all proved fine.

My biggest contributing factor to those B.H. contractions was being dehydrated. Good luck and I hope you get some rest soon!

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thank you! I'll have another big glass of water right now. I did manage to fall asleep on the couch for a few hours this morning but woke up feeling the same. Hopefully the water and a nice long shower will help. Thanks!

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You should definately keep hydrated but I wouldn't worry about it a lot. I have had BH since about 26 weeks, and 32 weeks is about the time they started to become pretty intense and sometimes constant, as you are describing, especially if I wasn't hydrated or was on my feet a lot. This is my third succesful pregnancy (I had two early miscarriages so it's my fifth technically). My sister n law is on her 3rd pregnancy and around 30 weeks and having the same stuff. You are supposed to be much more sensitive to BH with each pregnancy so that probably adds to it. I am 37weeks now and occasionally have a painful contraction but I have a ton of tig htening and BH, sometimes it's almost constant for days and then in subsides.

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I have a lot too. Staying hydrated and resting as much as you can throughout the day really helps. Mine are worse on days that I do more and after intercourse. Rest, relax, drink.
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