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I’m 30weeks pregnant with twins and since last Friday I’ve noticed they are stronger, especially in the evening or when I’ve been out walking for a while. They aren’t painful for me, just more noticeable in how hard the uterus feels. If I lay down they go away. My midwife is telling me that my uterus is more irritable now that it is stretched so much (I'm measuring at 42 weeks) and said my body is telling me to slow down.<br><br>
I’m wondering if this puts me at a risk for preterm labor. Does anyone have any advice or stories to share?<br><br>
I have an appointment with the clinic tomorrow and they will be doing another cervix measurement then (which has been 4.9cm all along and no signs of probelms), but I welcome any encouraging advice!
 

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I started getting BH at 9 weeks, but they REALLY picked up around 30 weeks. It seemed like something clicked at 30 weeks and my contractions got super strong and frequent, I developed pubic symphisis pain, became more tired, etc. I got BH all day long, anytime I moved. Getting off the couch, walking across the room, rolling over in bed, laying down, etc. Pretty much anything set them off-oh and having a full bladder, too. It was kind of scary at first but I eventually got used to them and realized they are a normal part of a twin pregnancy. I made it to 40 weeks 1 day, and I was barely dilated to a 1 at the start of labor, so they defenitely didn't hurt. I wouldn't worry unless they become very consistant and don't go away after drinking water and laying down for awhile.
 

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I agree that it is your body saying, "SLOW DOWN!!" If you listen, you should be fine. If you push it, you will pay (or your babies will).<br><br>
I don't know why, but 30 weeks is a big jump for a lot of moms. Suddenly you go from fine, to laying in bed or on the couch 20 hours a day. But in just a few weeks, you will meet those precious angels and it will be all worth it!!
 

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I agree that you probably need to take it down a notch. And drink a TON of water! I made it to 34w (induction due to TTTS) but I remember right around 30 I was like, Dang, this is getting a little more difficult now.
 

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I too have been having loads of BH over the last couple of days.<br><br>
Last night they went on for about 3 hours happening about every five to 10 minutes, laying down didn't make a difference. I woke up this morning feeling fine (tired and achy as usual) and now they only happen when I'm up and walking around. I know that I pushed myself too hard yesterday; I walked from my massage appointment to my chiro appointment and then had prenatal class last night with a tour of the hospital.<br><br>
I get that my body is telling me to take it easy, but man, I have to say that it was a little scary. So today it is nothing but sitting at the computer or lounging on the couch.
 

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Hi there-<br><br>
I'm not sure exactly what a braxton hicks contraction is, but when I am active or feel like I've 'overdone' it, the lower part of my uterus is painfully tight. And it seems like 'overdoing it' is really not doing much at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I'm only 21 weeks and I've been feeling this way for at least a month.<br><br>
I don't remember feeling this way with my other (singleton) pregnancies.<br><br>
I'd say if you can do nothing, then do it. As my partner keeps reminding me, I have the rest of my life to lose all this weight and regain my strength and fitness level AFTER I've finished giving these beans the time they need. (But she also calls me tweedledee and tweedledum since I resemble them so much!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> )
 

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I started getting BH ctx earlier this week, which completely freaked me out, since I'm only 17 weeks. I don't notice them being related to any particular level of exertion, though. I could be sitting for a while and then suddenly, <i>BOOM</i>, contraction. Or I'll wake up with them. There's no rhyme or reason to it for me, so I don't know what I would be able to do to calm them down.<br><br>
For my own reassurance, I did a cervical check and things are just fine there, so I try not to worry. But dang, there've been a lot of them lately!<br><br>
If you notice them as a reaction to something you've done, then take it easy. Keep yourself well-hydrated (water AND electrolytes) and steer clear of uterine irritants (caffeine, raspberry anything -- though some may disagree with that, and over-exertion).
 
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