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Ouch. And um... a little nerve wracking. They were changing my cervix! I have had them off and on for 3 days now and I checked in with my MW friend and she thinks I need to do some progesterone supplementation (Vitex, wild yam, prog. cream, etc.). Why in the world would my body not make enough on its own??<br><br>
Regardless, they are so strong I feel them wrap around my back, front and then peak deep in my cervix. I'm not liking how that is feeling, I'm only 17.5w and I have a long ways to go. It's not b/c of any particular thing, but wow, they are still going. I haven't had a chance to go get prog. cream but I do have Vitex tincture. I'm going to take some right now...<br><br>
Anyone with non-Braxton Hick ctx. this early/strong? My last pg they were so bad I had to take magnesium every 3 hours to get them to stop... for a month... but I was really hoping to avoid that... and this worrying.<br><br>
Not dehydrated, eating enough calories and protein and not stressed (overly anyways) and getting enough rest... just... I don't know what.<br><br>
I'm feeling unsettled and a little weirded out by this. I guess I just had to share...
 

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BH contractions always make me feel unsettled too. I had never heard of the progesterone connection. I called my mw this week about them too (17.5 weeks), but mine were excercise-induced. I'm sorry they are so intense for you.
 

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Well the normal painless ones don't even make me blink, but the ones that hurt give me pause.<br><br>
If I walk or I stand or I do ____ I get one. My friend told me to not check my cervix today so I'm refraining... but I know it has to be doing something, I had one for more than a min. long and just sitting here I am too. :sigh: Off to drink a stomach-full of water to see if maybe it'll help.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have had them off and on for 3 days now and I checked in with my MW friend and she thinks I need to do some progesterone supplementation (Vitex, wild yam, prog. cream, etc.). Why in the world would my body not make enough on its own??<br>
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I'm feeling unsettled and a little weirded out by this. I guess I just had to share...</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm sorry. That just kind of bites! I hope your babygestator settles down soon. Just chill little uterus. Relax. Ahhhhh. Gentle relaxation vibes coming your way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"><br><br>
Hey, I have some ProGest cream that I bought at the beginning of this pregnancy. It's by Emerita & is high quality <a href="https://www.emerita.com/pages/menopause/pro-gest-paraben-free.asp?find_category=&find_description=&find_part_desc=" target="_blank">Info Here</a>. I want to say it's the 4oz $40.00 tube, but it might be the 2oz. I'd have to go look. I did open it & used it maybe three times & it just didn't seem what my body needed. Not expired or anything & properly stored. Can I send it to you? Just PM me your addy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, this could be disconcerting! How do you know your cervix is changing? Have you been regularly checking it so you can notice a difference yourself or did you have someone check? I do agree with leaving the checking to a minimum, just in case you stir things up in there too much. Possibly some pelvic rest all together until you're sure they've gone away!<br><br>
Any excess or different exercises that you've been doing? What are you doing when you have the non-BH contractions? Have you attributed them to any one situation?<br><br>
You know the deal, if you have too many in an hour (I don't know the exact number), you should possibly get checked out.<br><br>
I'm having lots of BH contractions, but nothing out of the ordinary.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can I send it to you? Just PM me your addy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Are you serious?? Wow, that would be incredible - that's too kind!! I'll pm you in just a moment. Awwww, thank you so much...<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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No, exercise hasn't been done with this body for a while unfortunately. The first trimester kicked my butt and I never got back to the studio again yet. They will come when I'm sitting or go to stand or walking or standing still... no rhyme or reason. Weird huh? My need to know is making me batty.<br><br>
And yeah, if there's more than 4 an hour - well I blew that number a long time ago in the last few days. (I blew that number last pg too... but he cooked fine, I just had to get them to stop.)<br><br>
If I go to the hospital they'll give me some medication that will do who knows what to my body and I'll have to pay to sit there when I can lay on my own couch and try my natural medication. It's worth a shot before calling on "the big guns" anyways.<br><br>
Yeah, I know what my cervix normally feels like and it had swung from posterior (facing my back) and long and hard (as it should be) to mid-line and very soft (esp. the front of it) and open at the end to about 2cm. I'm normally 1cm I think, but the soft funneling thing and it swinging forward is not good. It'll go back to normal if I can get these to stop.<br><br>
Thanks for the thoughts and letting me write this out... my uterus and I need to have a chat.
 

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Hey Mama,<br><br>
This sounds like no fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have a friend who went through this with her last pregnancy, and now she is doing it again. She never had any dilation with it, however. Our midwife doesn't seem concerned at all and tell her she has a bionic uterus. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But like I said, there don't seem to be any cervix changes with her, so not sure if that is reassuring at all.
 

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Look here, uterus<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> Knock it off .....<br><br>
I'm sorry, I'm a spazz .... I just got this mental picture of you, and your uterus, sitting down at the kitchen table ....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Look here, uterus<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono"> Knock it off .....<br><br>
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Don't picture stuff like that, you are going to give yourself bad dreams.
 

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I have BH ctx somewhat regularly but they are never painful and definitely no cervical changes. Is it possible that you have an incontinent (or is it incompetent?) cervix? I know my mom had this - her first pregnancy was twins and she had them at 21 weeks - they each lived for about 12 hours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> With the remaining 3 pregnancies she had (me and my 2 siblings) she had a circlage put in to prevent accidental dilation - had it removed around 36 weeks.<br><br>
Either way I'll keep my fingers crossed that the progresterone etc helps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Well actually a cerlage (sp?) doesn't prevent dilation as if you have one in and start to dilate, it will actually tear your cervix (the stitch). It is just meant to keep your cervix closed - but if your body is opening it on its own (dilation) that isn't a good combination. A cerlage is good if your body can't keep the cervix closed on its own (but at the same time is not TRYING to get it to open). That sounds complicated huh?<br><br>
I doubt I have that issue only b/c it seems to be my uterus more than my cervix AND my other three were born between 38 - 39w. Doing massive amounts of Vitex (chaste tree berry tincture) yesterday seemed to help a little and this morning has started off ok, I will be seeing how to day goes and if it's not a lot better I'll call my MW friend and check in again.<br><br>
Thanks ladies - so far the prog. support is helping... we'll see how the rest of the day goes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I think I'm relieved there's only one in there b/c I imagine with 2 my body would really be freaking out (as much as I want twins).
 

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You're not alone. I'm having some mild BH'x as I type this. This was the first week back to school and I'm stressed, not eating enough, not drinking enough water, etc etc etc...That and I have an absolutely horrible, raging yeast infection which I'm sure isn't helping matters. I've been using vitamin E suppositories, and the terrible burning has stopped...but I think I'm gonna break out the tea tree oil tonight. My BH'x have always been uncomfortable, although it does bother me that I've never had them this early in pregnancy before. They kind of choke my lungs and make it hard to breathe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I've even started wondering about my EDD and if I'm farther along than I previously thought, even though I'm 99.9% sure of my conception date.
 
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