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I'm 31 wks pg w/twins, and I have been having BH contrax all day today! I have had them on and off in the past, and when I talked to my m/w about it, she said that I should be concerned if they are 'regular' as that can be a sign of preterm labor- even if they aren't painful. I just can't tell if they are 'regular'- it feels like I have been having one giant contraction all day! Every time I stand up, bend over, etc., my abdomen is tight and uncomfortable. No cramping, just discomfort. I know that if I call my m/w office, they will just say to come in to OB triage (we are birthing at the hospital) because it's better to be safe than sorry, but that's not a trip I really want to make unnecessarily.<br>
So, should I be concerned about ptl?? How many BH are too many??<br><br>
(x-posted in Parenting Multiples)
 

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Nothing really to add ... just that I was coming to post more or less the same question -- how many BH is too many, or if there is such a thing as too many.
 

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I had lots of BH after 28 weeks or so. I was told to call if I had more than 4 in an hour. Many times I would have 10 or more in an hour. I would call and they told me to drink more water (impossible). Anyway, I did deliver at 32 weeks, but my water broke and then my labor started and could not be stopped. I have no idea if the BH had anything to do with it, though.
 

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I was having the same concern a couple days ago. I was told by my health care provider that if you're having more than 5 in an hour, and they don't settle down after you've emptied your bladder, had a few glasses of water, and gotten off your feet, then they consider it time for you to come in and have your cervix measured at labor and delivery, just to be sure that there isn't a risk of early labor.<br><br>
So I'm not sure that 5 is necessarily "too many," but I think somewhere between 4 and 6 per hour that don't let up is something to pay attention to.
 

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a visit to triage wouldn't hurt (if you have the time) they might be able to put some fears to rest...or ask your midwife for her opinion or a vag to check for any dilation...<br><br>
I had ds3 at 36 weeks - I didn't even make it to 1 hour with contractions starting at 5 minutes apart...I went from zero dilation to done in one hour...
 

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4/hr is the basic cutoff my nurses told me, but with baby #1 I avg'd 6 BH/hr easily. If you have more than 4 an hour for more than one consecutive hour, then it might be worth it to go in.<br><br>
If you think you've had enough water to drink, still drink more. like a big gulp every 5-10min. Also make sure your bladder is very empty, as anything in the bladder can irritate the uterus and make it contracty.<br><br>
I don't have a website to cite chaper & verse for this knowledge, this its just based off my own PTL experience about 2 years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Feel better soon!
 

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Agree, 4+ an hour is plenty. With my first one, I started having 5 an hour or so in the afternoon and they they stopped for a few hours. I woke up at 3am, loss my mucus plug and my baby was born at 1pm.<br><br>
If your contractions are non-stop, I would just go to the hospital for a check up, if they send you home, at least you can relax... If not, good thing that you made it on time!<br><br>
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Earlier this week I had a rough day having BH that were very strong, uncomfortable, and worrisome. When I timed them, they were 10 min apart for a good 4+ hours. I'm 26 weeks pg. I rested, drank tons of water, and took it easy. Had they continued for one more day I was going to call my midwife, but hydrating myself really helped - they completely went away.<br><br>
It can't hurt to call, but at the same time, hydrating yourself really can't hurt and will only be good for you.
 

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It depends on the person but I know with my first pregnancy, my OB said if I had 5 an hour I should call (12 min apart). I started having that many at 29 weeks and did partial bed rest and delivered at 39 weeks (also have a negative fetal fibronectin at 29 and 31 weeks). This pregnancy, since my OB considers this "normal" for me, he said call if they are 5-6 min apart which happened at 30 weeks. Actually they were 3 min apart! But since I had a negative fetal fibronectin test, they gave me a terbutaline shot which calmed down the contractions and I was able to go home. I am 70% effaced, but *for me* this is normal for 32 weeks. So I wouldn't be overly worried because it can be normal but definitely get the the hospital to have it checked out and if they're not sure they will do the fetal fibronectin test- if it's negative it shows that you are highly unlikely to deliver within 2 weeks. This helps your Dr know how aggressive to handle things.
 
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