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From reading up on pregnancy symptoms it sounds like 'Braxton Hicks' contractions are happening to prepare the uterus and kind of practice.<br>
This is my first baby and it seems like my uterus is overconfident or lazy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br>
It doesn't seem to practice and I already started week 31. Is it going to start practicing closer to birth or will some just wing it when it's time?
 

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Lots of women don't get <i>noticable</i> Braxton Hicks with their first pregnancy it seems - I know with my first, I didn't feel a thing before actually being in labor! Now, if I was at my midwife's office, she could tell if I was having one, and often noticed them more than I did. Which means they were surely happening more often than when I was just at my MWs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You might not be feeling anything, but your uterus could still be working itself out in there. Just quietly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
This is my second and I have surely had some noticable BHs this time through, But, again, from what I have read, there's nothing too odd about that at all!
 

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First one I never felt a thing! this one I started feeling them at 20-something weeks! Worry not! <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 never felt ANY bh my whole first pg and I was 3cm at 36 weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I felt TONS of bh my second pg... starting early and through the whole pg. I was 4cm at 37 weeks.<br><br>
This time I only tend to have bh when I'm overly tired or I get stressed.<br><br>
So anyway, my point is even when I didn't have a lot of noticeable contractions my cervix was dialating so you just never know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We just discussed this in my Bradley class. My instructor has three dc, and said she felt no BH with her first, a lot more with her second, and tons with her third. Some of the moms-to-be in the class had felt them, some hadn't. I don't think it's a big deal.<br><br>
She did say (the instructor) that often tons of BH mean you'll have a shorter labor--if the uterus does a huge warm-up, it doesn't need as much time in early labor to get things going. I wonder if this is why second labors are often so much faster than first? i.e., because BH are much more common once your uterus has already been through labor once.
 

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This is my 2nd and my expereince has been much the same as the pp--few with the first, more this time. Do you ever feel like your belly is lifting up? They don't hurt and don't feel like cramps. I can tell I'm having one if my belly lifts a little but even then my belly is only a little firmer, not rock hard like it gets closer to labor and in labor. It's really easy to miss BH.
 

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With my first i didn't realize i was having BH until near the end...i just thought that particular sensation was the baby stretching. as the due date got closer, the sensations lasted longer, and i realized what they were cuz, i don't think babies will hold a pose like that for so long. also, as pp said, i was having tons of contrx even though i wasn't aware of them. i had a couple of NST with dd, and it showed lots of contractions, but i didn't feel or barely felt them....some were pretty strong too! (or registered high on the scale thing.)<br><br>
so really, don't worry!
 

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Another question along those lines-<br><br>
If your feeling a lot of B-H when walking, should you continue walking daily as you may be helping your uterus prepare/dialate? I walk everyday and always notice a ton of contractions while walking (and yes, hydrated). I always slow and take it easy when I feel them and really don't feel like I'm pushing myself too hard. Is there a point when I need to stop this or can I continue daily until this babe is ready...and will it have been helping my body prepare?
 

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This is my third pregnancy, and I don't know that I've ever felt a BH contraction!
 

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I've noticed that the baby's movements can set off a BH and I think this is pretty normal. I've even had external pressure do that. On Xmas Eve, my 2.5 yo dd was sitting on my lap in church and doing lots of squirming. She bumped my belly a few times and I had two strong, and scary, BH contractions. She went to sit with grandma and all was fine.<br><br>
As for dshields question about walking and contractions, I'm not sure. I had the same thing at the very beginning of my first pg and the OB told me to take it easy for a while. And then I never went back to exercising regularly uh, ever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> If they really are just the BH that tighted up the front of the belly, and not all the way around, I probably wouldn't worry, but that's just me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...She did say (the instructor) that often tons of BH mean you'll have a shorter labor--if the uterus does a huge warm-up, it doesn't need as much time in early labor to get things going. I wonder if this is why second labors are often so much faster than first? i.e., because BH are much more common once your uterus has already been through labor once.</div>
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Hi! Just popping in from another DDC. That's interesting. I had tons and I mean tons of BH with ds and I had a 5 hour labor, start to finish (which I consider "short"). So it seems that with me at least her theory (the instructor's) might be right...
 

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I never noticed any with my other 2. With my dd I had actual contractions for a few days before my water broke but they weren't consistant but the<br>
doc said they were real ones not BH's this time I have had them a ton for<br>
a long time now. I dont' think it is a big deal.
 

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Don't worry, when I went into labor I still didnot feel "real" contractions for about the 1st 2 hrs...went to hospital b/c my water broke. So I think its possible you just are not feeling them. Good Luck
 
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