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Braxton hicks are real contractions. They get more intense, longer and regular as labor progresses. Is that what you are referring to is the ones in later stages of labor?
 

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Can you get BH this early? (25 weeks)
 

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Warm-up cntx are generally (although not always) irregular in spacing and duration. These cntx can space out or stop with simple position changes or by drinking a big glass of water (dehydration can cause warm-up cntx), whereas "real" labor cntx will not go away no matter what position you are in and no matter how much water you drink.<br><br>
Abbreviated explanation, but HTH. I take it that you may be worried about some ptl symptoms?
 

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Definitely. I have been feeling them for weeks now, but this is baby #5 for me.
 

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I would disagree, Aimee. BH and labor ctx are very different to me. BH are annoying, but don't generally hurt in my crotch. They usually stop if I lay down and drink water, or get in the tub. Real labor ctx for me start in my back and move around to my tummy and nether regions. They also usually hurt in my thighs. Nothing make them stop, though water makes them more tolerable.<br><br>
If BH are real then I'm in trouble. I've been having them for a couple weeks - and I'm only 21 wks.<br><br>
I could definitely tell a difference between BH and the ctx I had with preterm labor.
 

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BH are "real" they just aren't doing the work of labor, namely, opening and thinning the cervix and pushing the baby down into the birth canal. Like pps have said, they should go away. I've been having them for weeks now (1st baby) and they generally seem to come when I'm very tired, dehydrated or have a super-full bladder. I usually take it as a reminder to drink a nice tall glass of water, pee and lie down! When "real" labor starts (months from now!!) those ctx may feel just the same as these practice ones...my understanding is that they don't necessarily have a different physiology...just a different purpose. (Or, you may experience them as totally different). Again, as pps said, they will continue no matter what you do, they will get closer together and longer in duration. If that is happening now, you should definitely call your health care provider.
 

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The biggest difference for me is that BH are not painful. They just feel like a sudden tightening of my uterus, but completely painless. Sometimes, they will make my heart flutter.<br><br>
Real labor ctx were painful.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would disagree, Aimee. BH and labor ctx are very different to me. BH are annoying, but don't generally hurt in my crotch. They usually stop if I lay down and drink water, or get in the tub. Real labor ctx for me start in my back and move around to my tummy and nether regions. They also usually hurt in my thighs. Nothing make them stop, though water makes them more tolerable.<br><br>
If BH are real then I'm in trouble. I've been having them for a couple weeks - and I'm only 21 wks.<br><br>
I could definitely tell a difference between BH and the ctx I had with preterm labor.</div>
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I had nothing but braxton hicks contractions until my labor started and they dialated me to 3 cm and I was 70% effaced for 6 weeks before DD was born. They change as your pregnancy progresses but they still begin labor and physically can do the similar things as the contractions you get during the later stages of dialation.
 

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This confusion is exactly why I call them warm-up cntx rather than b-h cntx. (That, and I doubt that Dr. John Braxton Hicks ever had *even one* cntx in his lifetime. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) Every cntx is "real" in the sense that even the warm-up cntx are doing *something*--even if it is just strengthening and toning the uterus. These irregular cntx (but they can also form a regular pattern too, as w/ prodromal labor) can cause effacement and dilation, especially towards the end of pregnancy, even if they are not regular (pressure from baby helps w/ that too). The thing is that "real labor" cntx generally follow a pattern of regularity and strengthen in both intensity and duration and cause cervical changes, which are generally accompanied by mucous and/or bloody show (although not always).<br><br>
Clear as mud? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"> Every woman and every labor is so different that you can't always allow for the "textbook version" of labor to fit every time.<br><br>
I still say to leave your cervix alone, so as not irritate it.
 

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I think with the more children I have comes more B/H. It's like my body says hey I know what to do. Now that I am having twins and on my 8 pregnancy I am having 5 or more B/H a day. I describe B/H and real labor like this. B/H and labor feal like a tighting around your belt areas. The B/H are mild and go away and not realy steady but with labor the tightening in the belt area starts to get more and more tight and painfull. And they don't go away no matter what you do. I had 5 home births and started to learn the real from the false so I didn't have to have my M/W drive 40min. every time I thought it was time. On my last home birth I was in very hard labor and had to have help walking around and then all of a sudden they just quit and they went from 5 min. apart to 20min. apart. So labor is crazy sometimes. And every person and baby is different.<br>
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I have been having BH for a few weeks now. They were really making me nervous at first, but I think they are just normal for me. My doc said to call if I had as many as four in an hour. I notice them at the end of the day when I'm tired--and I take it as a sign that I need to drink more, pee, lie down, and stop being so active.
 

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My BH feel different this time. Last time, they felt like period cramps, although I kept reading that they should feel like a tightening around the middle. I thought that I was either weird or that people were describing the sensation differently than I would. This time, they actually do feel like a tightening and not like period cramps at all. Like others have said, they happen on days that I haven't had enough water to drink or have overdone it with excercise or housework. I find that I have to drink lots of water and put my feet up for a while for them to go away. Sleep definitely helps, although that's not always in the cards.
 

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BH contractions are tight and uncomfortable. I've been having them for a few weeks now.<br><br>
Labor contractions, otoh, hurt like a sumuvabeach <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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For me.....BH hurt MORE than labor contractions do. But, neither really hurt. Mostly uncomofortable. I have virtually painfree labors (sorry) and never feel any 'pain' until pushing...three labors that way so far, no meds, including one pitocin induction...so I think I just have a high pain tolerance. But BH 'bother' me more than regular labor contractions do.<br><br>
For me, BH are non-rhythmic contracting of the uterus. Usually in the middle or down low, where labor contractions seem to start and come up 'over' the top and clamp down the whole uterus and last much longer. BH for me can kind of 'catch' me and take my breath away for a second, but not because of pain, but just because of being uncomfortable and 'smooshing' up my tummy.<br><br>
For each person they will be different. I think the big thing to watch for is more than 4 per hour and increasing in frequency and duration.<br><br>
I've been feeling BH since about 14 weeks, but I was measuring at least 20w at that time since it's two.
 

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"BH" felt the same as my "real" contrax til I hit transition. Then the contrax hurt a lot more. But for me, I don't really know I am in labor until I hit transition or my water breaks. I even get BH that get closer and more intense and go on for hours - then they just stop. They started at 28 weeks, 18 weeks, 9 weeks, and 17 weeks with my babes. Drinking water helps, then I forget to empty my bladder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and that doesn't help. With my first pregnancy I kept track of them all, I was very concerned. Now I figure if I feel the urge to push I'm in labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .
 
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