I'm 21 weeks pregnant now (2nd pregnancy) and have been having BH for a couple weeks now. Maybe one every couple of hours on average. Could this just be what my body does? How much is too much? Anyone else have frequent and early BH in an otherwise normal, term pregnancy?
I really just want to stop worrying and carry on. Anyone else experienced this?
You know how most providers have you call if you're contracting regularly for more than an hour or two earlier than 37 weeks? Mine said, "Um, if you're contracting regularly..wait, okay, if they're painful...well, okay, just call if you think you need to be seen."
Some people contract a lot. And FWIW, there's no real treatment that's been shown to improve outcomes with true PTL (as in cervical change, true labor, not just contracting). We can make ladies stop contracting,but then they generally weren't in labor.
Originally Posted by mamanurse
I started feeling BH at 24 weeks. They occured daily starting around 32 weeks. Dd was born healthy at 37w 4d. I had a really easy labor and deliver FWIW.
If you're worried, I'd contact your care provider and see what they think. That would at least put your mind at ease
I'd go with your instinct. Some people notice them more, some people have more, I think you'd know if something was really wrong. Figure out what's normal for you and go from there.
with #1 i was in a small car accident, and had a ultrasound to check for damage.
I had braxton hicks constantly.... like every 7m....
Those &%$^# kept me in the hospital for 3 days.
saying "do you feel any pain" constantly.
eventually after no "progress" meaning I didnt dialate, they sent me home.
With my 3rd I felt my first BH before the 20th week, 18 maybe, anyway I remember being worried but then thought about what happened before and decided that if they got painful then I knew something was up...
Vivian Claire born 3-11-10.... ...still an , extendedmomma :
with this second pregnant, i noticed braxton hicks beginning at around 14 weeks. they have gotten stronger and more intense since about 32 weeks, again happening for up to an hour (every 5-10 minutes, sometimes closer together) at least once a day but usually a couple times a day. usually, they happen for me later in the day. baby is still gestating at almost 38 weeks, and i'm feeling like this will also be a 41 weeks-ish baby.
If you are only having one an hour, I wouldn't worry at all. I don't even pay much attention to mine most of the time. I did write down when I had one when it was convenient for a while (usually at night when I was reading in bed), and I could tell after several days that I wasn't having enough BH to worry about. Now I don't tend to worry about them as much because I know what my body is doing and it's ok. If I start to notice more BH than usual, I try to jot down the times when they occur so I can see if I'm having too many.
On the other hand, I never had anything stronger than BH until transition with both births so I might not be the best person to answer you.
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I agree that one every couple of hours isn't much, but sometimes it's more, and last pregnancy it was definitely more, and I'm figuring they'll pick up in a few weeks.
Someone else mentioned that they never felt painful contractions until transition, that's kind of me too. At 39 1/2 weeks I was 4cm dilated and effaced some too I think, and I had a 5 hour labor (first baby), only 3 of which was painful, so those contractions were definitely doing something towards the end anyway.
Do you all think vaginal exams are helpful? Do you get them or do them yourself? I didn't have any from 32 to 39 1/2 weeks last time and my midwife said she didn't think they were a good idea *because* of all the contractions - might get things going. I kind of want to be reassured everything's still all closed up but any little change is going to worry me, not to mention that having them might stimulate things some - thoughts?
Originally Posted by TurboClaudia
with second and subsequent pregnancies, the cervix being dilated somewhat is very normal. i've felt my cervix myself during this pregnancy and it has been 2-3 cm open for pretty much the whole pregnancy. it's really posterior right now so i can't feel it well, but i do agree with your midwife that maybe leaving it alone would avoid the getting things going aspect.
My midwife said to only call if they get painful and feel like menstrual cramps, across my lower belly or back. Also, to do the opposite of what I've been doing. If I've been active, to sit down and put my feet up, drink a couple cups of water. If I've been sitting on my butt, to get up and take a walk, and drink some water. And try not to worry about it (nearly impossible, I know!) but I've found when I manage to distract myself they do go away.
This time, I've had a much less irritable uterus. There are still days when I have what might be seen as "too many" contractions, but now that I've BTDT, I know the difference, and my doc has really encouraged me to listen to my body and myself and I have! It's much more relaxed this time around, thank goodness!
I have one of the most sensitive uterus' in the universe.
First pregnancy: CX started at about 18 weeks & I progressively had a greater # per day as my pg went on. I was eventually put on bedrest & Terbutaline due to them. My dd was born during my 3rd premature labor, at 35 weeks. She had a severe intestinal defect that required major surgery, which I have always believed led to her being born early (she would've been stillborn if born at term), NOT my crazy# of CX.
2nd pg: CX started up at 11 weeks. I had several a day through my 2nd trimester & then several per hour my entire 3rd tri. The OB suggested bedrest & was all freaked out about my other premature labor. My 2nd baby was born 3 days after his edd, perfectly healthy.
3rd pg: CX started up at 10 weeks, & I wasn't surprised. *EVerything* makes me contract when I'm pg- tight clothes, the seat belt, having to pee, anyone pushing on my belly, sex, laying flat on my back, walking up/down stairs, doing absolutely nothing. My MW was concerned & had me monitored at the hosp. a few times. I contracted every 7-9 mins. constantly!! I wasn't concerned though. AFter 3 pregnancies full of nonstop CX-- I knew what real labor felt like & those were never it. My 3rd baby was born 3 days after his edd as well, perfectly healthy.
My BH CX are extremely annoying, & often pretty freaking painful. I'm already dreading another 6 mos of them when we TTC in a couple months. But I'd choose irritable uterus over hyperemisis anyday, lemme tell ya!
Re vaginal exams, personally I say get them only if they help put your mind at ease. I did get a few done during my last tri because there were days that I would spend the entire day contracting every 10 mins & I thought I'd get a quick check "just to be sure", & it did always put my mind at ease to learn that all those CX weren't doing anything but giving my uterus a workout. It's really weird contracting all the time... even though I was pretty confident that I'd go to term & my body's just wierd, I'd still have moments of concern & get a check.
ANYWAY, I'll stop blabbing about myself now.
North Idaho rural living mama to: 22 yo DD, 15 yo DS, 8 yo DS, 6 yo DS, 4 yr old DS, 2 yo DD, and 1 yo DS. And someone new coming this Christmas!