Maybe it's because this is my 3rd so I am noticing it sooner, I don't know, but it's bizarre. I feel that tightening feeling in my lower abdomen CONSTANTLY. Not painful of course, so I am not worried that they're real contractions.
I've honestly just never heard of this before and you'd think I would have it all figured out by now. 17 weeks seems a bit early- I can't even feel my baby's movements yet let alone braxton hicks? That's something that I didn't start feeling until at least 30 weeks with the last 2 pregnancies. Curious if anyone is in the same boat
Me Wife / SAHM / Musician/ Actress/ Queen of this castle. Progeny: William (January 2007), Tristan (November 2008) and expecting Lukas due January 2012!!
I'm only on my first, but recently did some reading. From what I've read, BH normally start around 20 weeks (though some women don't notice them that early) ,but with subsequent pregnancies they start earlier and/or you notice them earlier. So I'd say 17 weeks is perfectly normal, especially since you're on #3. Good luck!
Valerie - Happily married to DH since 09/08
Baby Jacob's finally here!! 10/4/11
Mine started around 9 weeks this time! It's crazy.. and sometimes they are pretty painful...
creative crunchy christian wife to J , Mama to three boys and one baby on the way! doula in training