braxton hicks?

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braxton hicks?

Hi ladies! I was in yoga class this afternoon and experienced what I think was a braxton hicks contraction. I didn't feel anything, but noticed when I put my hand on my belly that it was oddly hard. It went away after 20 seconds or so. I think I noticed something similar last night in bed and a few days ago when I woke up in the morning.

Is it too early for braxton hicks contractions? Should I be worried about this?

AnnaRO's picture
Joined: 07/06/08
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No worries. Based on what I've read and heard, it's really common to be experiencing BH contractions at this point. And if they aren't painful, they are definitely BH. If they are painful and regular you should get it checked out though.

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Joined: 08/13/11
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BH are completely normal. I get them all the time.

Joined: 08/09/11
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Thanks! Smile :) That helps me feel better. My mama friends IRL mostly said they didn't get them until later on.

Joined: 06/15/11
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I have been having BH for about 6 weeks now. If you become dehydrated you may notice them more often then if you are well hydrated.

mommyof1.5's picture
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In my experience, and what lots of other mamas have told me, 20 weeks can be the magic number for harmless BH to start. Fun stuff!

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My pregnancy book says that they can start around 22 weeks, but like the movement of the baby, people (well I guess women) can be more or less sensitive to the feelings. I had lots a while ago when I overdid it, but nothing recently.


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I got nonpainful BH all the time with DD, and noticed them a lot earlier this time because I knew what to look for.

(It's also not unusual for one's uterus to contract as a result of DTD.)

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I've had them a few times over the last couple of weeks - annoying, but not painful...