This afternoon I had a period of about 2-3 hrs of what seemed like very intense BH contractions. This is my 3rd pregnancy so maybe they are just more intense. They just seemed sort of painful/crampy along with the typical BH profile. I've been plenty hydrated so not sure what the trigger was. No pattern or increase but they were happening over a long period of time. I should of just stopped what I was doing, drank a huge glass of water and rested but I had to clean kitchen, make dinner and then run DD2 to the pedi as she's been with a bad cold for about 2 weeks and despite everything homeopathic that I've tried- I knew the complaints of her ears hurting and the still yucky nose was bad news. She'll be fine but has a sinus infection and dbl ear infection.
... anyways.... I was reading online and can't tell if this was "false labor" or just BH ctx that are more intense with the 3rd vs the 1st pregnancy. I hate to be an alarmist and start running over to the Dr's office. FWIW, I'll be 35 weeks on Sunday and never had any pre-term issues with DD1 or DD2.
This is my second pregnancy, and on Sunday at my baby shower, I was having intense crampy BH all day long. I kept trying to drink more water, and I was sitting most of the time, which helped, but they still didn't go away completely. The next day I was fine, so I guess it was just a day of intense BH! I'm 35 weeks, so early labor at this point wouldn't be good! I'd just keep an eye on it.
DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
Me too -- I actually just figured it out (this is my first pregnancy). I'm almost 34 weeks.
It's like a strong squeezing feeling -- not painful, but not painless either. Sort-of like period cramps, but higher up and different. I can feel the tightening on the surface of my skin. Seems to happen mostly in the evening, and sometimes it's REALLY uncomfortable.
I'm trying not to obsess about it, and just believe what my books and OB are telling me -- that it's my body getting ready.
6 weeks, I can hardly wait!!
Happily married, busy mom to a houseful :-)
Expecting again early Oct 2014!
I just had BH kick in around the 34 week mark. So far there was one day where there were a few that felt crampy, and lots more that were just really squeezy and took my breath away. Defintiely was hydration related for me that day, I think. Since then, they are just the occasional thing, thank goodness. Amazing how 3ish short weeks can pass and you go from "go away BH" to "please let this be labour!" :P We are in the home stretch for sure!
Yup, this is my second and my BH's are much stronger. I read that this was the case with subsequent pregnancies and that it's usually a good sign that your body is just preparing for birth.
OK, great to hear that others are experiencing a ramp up in BHs as well. I don't remember the down low crampy feeling so much with my previous pregnancies but it could just be that after 3.5 yrs I've forgotten or this being my 3rd pregnancy it's a little more intense. I'm laying off the RRL tea today as I know that can aggravate them. I don't mind my body preparing for labor (or maybe I do as my to-do list is so darn long) so long as baby doesn't arrive early. I need all the time I can get and want this one to cook until fully ready.
I haven't had any, but this is my first and I'm not drinking any RRL tea or doing EPO or anything like that yet. Just curious for those of you who have been experiencing them, are you doing any uterine tonics?
Having tons of BH - getting crampy/feeling more in my cervix since about 31 weeks or so (35 w 4 d now). Also had tons w/ last two pregnancies. Didn't ever do much to make me have short labors, though, unfortunately! Seems like maybe more this time, but this is #3 and it's been 7 years since I was last pregnant, so I don't trust my memory.
Drinking RRL tea - trying a cup daily, not remembering every day.
Oh - and I've had a couple batches of 3 hrs or so intense BH that seem to coincide with this baby doing something wild positionally.
I have had periods of intense BHs for at least a month now. They get bad when I am exercising or when I am exhausted. Only lying down, baths and lots of tea (RRL/uterine tonic) seem to help in the least. Both MW and OB are unconcerned and DH seems to remember me complaining about this last pg around the same time. I am 33w.
Mum to DS1 7/09 and DS2 5/11
I get them when I overexert myself or am dehydrated. Usually resting and drinking water helps. They can be really strong though, where I have to stop and actually concentrate on relaxing and breathing. They don't hurt so much as they are just really uncomfortable. I have been also getting mild menstrual like cramps, also associated with an overabundance of movement.
married to Mike Mama to my furry babies just gave birth to our first DS.
I know it doesn't always work this way, but I'm hoping that all this work my uterus is doing now will mean less work during active labor!
Mama to Julian Matthew, born 5/10/2011
Hopeful for the next!
I never had any with my first either. Had some with my 2nd, but not until 35 weeks, the 3rd pregnancy around 30 weeks and this one they started around 20 weeks. And yes, mine seems to be worse at times...but for me it usually has to do with either hydration, needing to pee(a full bladder makes them stronger for me), or needing to eat more.
S, mama to L(DD)-12/04, K(DS1)-12/06, C(DS2)-03/09 & B(DS3)-05/11
Been having them off and on since week 20. They started getting really bad at week 28 and have just gotten stronger and stronger. Now at week 33 I get over twenty in an hour. Two weeks ago I started having the ' feels like the beginning of a killer period ' type cramps...and they were very regular. They don't go away with water or rest either. :( Still, I prefer those to the painless ones that squeeze you until it feels like your lungs are gonna pop! This is my first baby so I'm guessing we are having warm-up practice?
I have been having very strong BH's and they happen whenever I move...walking, getting up...any movement.
Then a few of days ago, I lost a big chuck of my mucus plug and had blood in my urine...turns out I have a UTI, without symptoms and it has been causing my contractions. Thank goodness it wasn't all of my plug, I am still closed, but now that I have been on antibiotics for a couple of days, the contractions are much, much less intense!
Happily married mother of a tiny angel (12/06 at 5 weeks) Maya Elizabeth (12/07) and our full term angel Mateo German (Lost during labor on 06/01/11) Currently pregnant with our naturally conceived twin 's due 8/15/2012!
just wanted to mention, I remember feeling BH contractions early early this time..like before I was even showing. It was a weird sensation feeling tightening without really being able to feel my uterus yet. Probably around 12 weeks? Strange? I don't know.
DH(9/04) DS(12/08) and DD(5/11)
Same here - sometimes it feels like someone is blowing up a balloon inside my belly. Things just get tight.
Sometimes visualization really helps. I sit down and imagine the baby getting an all-over body massage from my uterus while it's tightening and relaxing. I imagine the baby getting really blissed out, and that helps relax me too. :)
"The Mothers are the brave ones." - Call the Midwife
Maybe I have to do more visualization to get through them. I think that once I hit 36 weeks I won't get so anxious about them. I am still having them but that other day was definitely a fluke compared to most days. Been reading a lot of Ina May's books and birth stories so I'm really beginning to realize I'll be there very soon. Exciting and scary.
I've been experiencing the same thing and this is my third pregnancy as well and no history of preterm labor.... painful (but not intolerable) Braxton Hicks or false labor (not sure which). Yesterday was pretty bad! I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow (although maybe I'll only be 35.. midwives are going off ultrasound.. I think I might be "due" a week later based on ovulation though). They weren't long or intense enough for me to be really concerned, but I definitely don't remember it being like this with my second (and I didn't have any BH with my first).
Mama to DD 2.18.03, DS 3.18.06, DD 5.7.11
Everyday now I am having painful (though I know it can be more so!) BH contractions. I have just the tightening ones too--and more than the painful ones. But there's a period of time each day with a few painful contractions. I hope they're doing something. I'm sure they're for a reason.
Mom to 5 amazing kids! (DS10, DS8, DD5, DD3 and DS1)
Still having frequent BH - had a bout of stomach cramps/bad intestinal pain Friday night. Part of me was hopeful that it was some sort of lead up, but given that my 8 year old had a similar night a few days ago, logically it was just a little bug. It sucked though - terrible stomach cramps this far along HURT!
I'm in the same boat ladies! I've gotten them since 20 weeks. This is my second, and I don't remember getting them this intensely at all with my first. Sometimes they will be very consisten...tot the point where I'm wondering if I'm in labor! I've had them every 2 minutes, 3 minutes, etc. I tried to do a cervical check on myself last night but I couldn't tell at all what I was feeling. No clue at all. *shrugs*
It's so exciting though..because with my DD my water broke before contractions even started. This time I'm hoping it can stay intact a while and I'm kind of excited for the "am I or aren't I in labor" thoughts! Lol! :) Dorky I know! ;)
I know what you mean on not know if it is false labor or not. I had a very intense day of them on Saturday. Honestly I way overdid it- walked the dogs 2 miles, then went with DH to take DD1 to ice skating lessons and then directly to the soccer fields for DD1's first soccer game. The soccer field is huge and they happened to be in one of the furthest fields so I was walking a ton again and then when they would scrimmage I walked all the way back to the other side.... then chasing DD2 and dogs around... needless to say I'm not sure what I was thinking because then my uterus was just crabby and crampy. I also think that the baby's head is sort of engaging so baby's position is changing a bit and that is leading so a lot of the BHs. I did my best to drink, drink, drink yesterday and rest a bit. Today I am feeling good as I am just sitting at my desk working- :-)
Yah for a relaxing day Karen!! And yeah it DOES sound like you did way too much the other day. Whoa! I'd be exhausted walking all that, too!
I on the other hand, have not had relaxing days lately. I got into a fight with my sister and as soon as I had read her email last night I started getting majorly intense BH's for several hours last night. Then I woke up quite often to go to the bathroom and every time I woke up I noticed more contractions. I was actually awoken by 3-4 strong BH's in the middle of the night. THAT was weird. I even had go to #2 in the middle of the night last night....and when I got up and looked at my belly in the mirror..I swear it looks like it dropped! Must take a picture and see.
I've been having quite a few contractions this morning as well. They're going all the way around my back too but they aren't increasing so I partly wonder if I'm in labor..but at the same time I really don't think so.
I can handle contractions if they're actually DOING something..but the thought of this type of thing lasting for weeks more is really not pleasant.
I've had a couple of crazy days with the BHs, one after a particularly miserable night of little sleep where they were getting painful and kind of ridiculous before I went to bed the next night, and then calmed down as soon as I slept, and one in the middle of not getting along well with my dh that never got too crazy, just very noticeable. Stress is definitely triggering them for me! But on more laid back and or energetic days, I still have plenty depending on movement and the baby's position and my bladder and such.
I don't remember them being quite so obvious, but I haven't worried about them since they typically go away if I just lay down for a bit - if nothing else they remind me to hydrate! Plus it's nine years after my last pg, and I really think I was just way too busy chasing my dd to pay them any mind then - I don't remember them. With dd I had a lot of back labor type BHs, but that seemed more related to hydration and of course her position.
I actually had one just typing that last paragraph! Apparently thinking about them with any focus can bring them on as well. :)
It's such a relief to finally trust yourself.
yup, been getting those for a long time. mine vary from tightening to actual labor-type contractions with real serious pain. more at night, or if I have to pee. i have had these with all my kids and its never caused me to go early. :)
Mom to 5 wonderful kids (9, 6, 4, 2 and 0), 1 adopted through foster care.