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I think I can honestly say: I don't know if I've had BH at all. I would think I would know them if I felt them but I really don't think I have. Should this worry me? I thought it was the body's way of 'getting ready' for the birth. So wouldn't that mean that not having any is bad and I should ask my dr. about it? Or am I being my usual worrying self and it's nothing to be concerned about. I feel the baby move so I know at least that s/he is fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't know what others' experiences have been, but I never had a single Braxton Hicks contractions when I was pregnant. I kept expecting them (since all the info I had told me I should) but I only started contracting the day I went into labor.
 

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I haven't had none--but I've had hardly any. And it was weeks ago (I'm 27 weeks now). Lately I haven't really had any. (Or if I have, they've been so mild I haven't felt them). I'm not worried about it, I hope I shouldn't be! Heheh. I think the more important thing at this stage is that you feel the <b>baby</b> moving around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have BH with all my kids, normally quite a few each day.<br><br>
I guess they must be helpful as I have quick and easy births.<br><br>
This baby like its sisters is quite active and i think that sets off BH for me.
 

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I didn't have them until the last 6 weeks with DD this one started at about 16 weeks, i think everyone is different. There is still plenty of time for them. They also may be happening and just might not have intensified enough for you to notice. Mine have gotten stronger in the past week or so.<br><br>
In general everything has been magnifed this pregnancy i felt movement earlier and much stronger, weight has piled on quicker, braxton hicks sooner and more intense. Some if it may just be your uterus being pregnant for the first time vs. many of us who are on our 2nd 3rd 4th and so on.
 

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I never had them, though I swear I could actually feel my uterus stretching.<br><br>
It's an individual thing.<br><br>
I think if I felt them it would scare me (at first) thinking I might be actually going into early labor.<br>
I'd have to calm myself down, and realize what's going on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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With my ds, I really never noticed many but this time around, I've had them quite frequently. I'm hoping it means that maybe this time my body will go into labor on its own!! I was indiced last time and I'm trying hard to avoid that again.
 

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I don't think I had them with DD, but I have them with this one. It's good to know that it may signify a good birth. I had a tramuatic labor with DD, followed with an unplanned and very much unwanted c section.
 

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no bh's here & i delivered my first in 6 hrs & second in 2.5. not sure there's a correlation....i wouldn't worry, mama!
 

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I don't get them never have with any of my five pregnancies doesn't seem to cause any issues with labor for me all of my kids were born in under 4 hours, geeze my first was born in 2 hrs and 15 minutes and he was the biggest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I didn't get them at all with my son, and just a few with my daughter and this time I've noticed them a little more. But if I'm walking around, active, etc. I may not even notice them. I only seem to notice it if I'm sitting or I have to pee. When I went into actual labor I was having contractions and didn't know it either! Everyone's different, I don't think it has anything to do with how your labor will be.
 

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I don't think you have to be able to feel your BHs for them to exist and do what they do. I wouldn't worry about it.<br>
This time around has been weird for me. I felt them early-just like last time, but now I'm hardly aware of them at all. Something has to press on my belly for me to feel them happening. I wonder if it has something to do with placental placement. I just learned mine is anterior, which it wasn't last time. That also explains why I can't palpate this baby worth a crap.
 

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Ok, that's weird. Right after I posted the response above I got like 4 BHs in a row. Tough big ones that make me feel weird. I don't know if I'm feeling pressure or a baby standing on my bladder.
 

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That is true just because you do not feel them does not mean you do not have them.<br><br>
This pregnancy I am plagued by them. I say plagued because a lot of them are no fun and I have to have c-section so there really getting me no where.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That is true just because you do not feel them does not mean you do not have them.<br><br>
This pregnancy I am plagued by them. I say plagued because a lot of them are no fun and I have to have c-section so there really getting me no where.</div>
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I know there's a hormonal factor to labor being good for baby, but maybe the contractions themselves are also good--this might be a way to look at the BH to make you feel better. Maybe they're good for the baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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that is one way of looking at it. I had two contractions last night that were bad...over two minutes long and I was moaning and could not talk. I told dh okay one more and we are out the door to the hospital. I was fine after that... it was really weird.
 

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That sounds scary! Do you have a history of PTL? 2 minutes is a long time! Glad it ended promptly.
 

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Nope never ever until last week. Well I have been bh all along I think 2 minutes after conception. I have this what I am told is a unique ability to tell when I am dialating. Have been able to do it with my 4 previous babies. Anyway, I knew Saturday night, I had a kidney infection (I have a history of kidney problems) and I know I have to get it checked right away but I was not going to the hospital to some stranger to be poked and proded, so I thought I would call dr. on monday. I knew life would be really hectic. My mom has terminal cancer and my dad thinks he needs to die with her, my oldest is having a rough time and it looks like he has an eating disorder and my job for a lack of better word sucked I mean it just sucked. Monday at work I had two contractions I had to breath through but they went away and I went oh but I did not even remember to call about my kidney even though it was hurting (not enough to make me call). Anyway life got away from me and Wed. I started having more I could not breathe through and my right kidney started screaming at me. I called the dr. asap and got right in and he told me I could not return to work the rest of pregnancy. I work at not a nice place. First I freaked out as I make 60% of the income but then we decided I would let them know not only am I not coming back during this pregnancy but ever. I never felt better. Okay I had a kidney infection but the million pound weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I did good since Wed. just tired until last night. I go in back to the dr. this week. I love my dr. He is awesome and really listens to me (I fired my first ob and went with my family practice dr.) Anyway he told me he wants me to go to the hospital to get checked out everytime I cannot breathe or talk through the contractions which I thought okay 3 in a row I go.
 
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