I ended up going to see my midwife today because I've had a pain in my right side that I've had since 6 p.m. last night. It wasn't excruciating, but it never went away. In fact I woke up with some seriously uncomfortable, have to breathe and focus through, braxton hicks. Even with DS they never woke me up.
I ended up getting out of bed and going to the couch so I wouldn't disturb DH and DS with my moaning! After over 2 hours, I finally dozed off for about an hour or so. When I woke up I was still having the BH's, but not as hard.
So since I still had the pain when DH and DS woke up, I waited until the birth center opened and called. I told them I was sure it had to do with the constipation from the iron supplements or probably round ligament pain, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't something else I should be keeping an eye on. They told me just to come in and get checked out.
So they put me on the fetal heart monitor and the contraction monitor thing....wow, I do not see how women just lie there for hours with those things strapped on!!! It wasn't horrible since I knew it wouldn't be long though.
But anyways, to my question. While hooked up, I was having regular "contractions" being picked up on the monitor. They didn't hurt at all and just felt like what I consider Braxton Hicks....most of my BH's in the evenings (when I tend to have them frequently for several hours)
So I know Braxton Hicks are definitely real contractions to help your body prepare, but is this what everyone is talking about when they say they are dealing with prodromal labor? I never thought about it until I got hooked up to that machine and saw the hills printing out! To me, it's still just my uterus practicing. BUT I will say the ones I had last night, OMG, I can see why people freak a little and go in to L&D. It was intense!
I am not sure whether most people consider them prodromal labor or not. I personally don't consider them prodromal labor for myself, because honestly I get them throughout pregnancy so I don't really blink an eye at them. Some are definitely more intense than others though. Maybe the really strong ones are what people consider "pre-labor." Did you figure out what the bad pain was? I've had really really bad rl pain a few times recently, its usually on one side or another but its down in my groin area not my side.
Jessica & Daniel
If braxton hicks were considered pre-labour then I was in labour since 16 weeks! LOL!
There was a huge difference for me between braxton hicks and contractions. Braxton hicks were always painless. I used to get them regularly (7 minutes apart), but they just felt like a tightening, no pain. Contractions, now those were painful! haha
Same here! I got BH's early with both pg's and just never thought anything about them. But when lurking on other boards and reading about their time in L&D being hooked up to the monitors, I just assumed they were the contractions I felt when I actually went into labor with DS. I just didn't expect the BH's to register on the monitor!!
My BH's with DS were WAY more uncomfortable than my first 3 hours of "real" contractions...until the back labor hit haha!
During the day my BH's are usually just a tightening, but in the evenings they get more intense, for lack of a better word.
I don't know...it's just all confusing to me when I hear people talk of prelabor. Because a lot of what I read make it seem like BH's are just that...which in case, like you, I've been experiencing it for quite some time
I also started having BHs before 20 weeks. None of my BHs ever hurt, sometimes I didn't even notice them.
When I went in at 38 weeks to have a version I was on the monitor and the nurse asked me, "Are you feeling those contractions?" I looked at her completely bewildered, and said, "No!" I'm wondering though, if BHs don't register on a monitor. I mean, I know my belly would get incredibly hard when I had BHs- so I would assume they would show up on the monitor just like any other contraction... they just don't hurt.
I would think that prodromal labor would be something else entirely. Maybe I'm wrong though!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I always think of BHs as real contractions because it is your uterus contracting, but they don't necessarily have the consistency and strength to significantly dilate/efface the cervix, they go away with rest, hydration, time. I can totally see how it would be easy to think that it was "real" though. They can get really intense sometimes.
However, with my previous pregnancies, I had no trouble telling my labor contractions from BHs. They just feel totally different to me.
Last edited by countrygirl83; 01-29-2011 at 11:38 AM.
To me, there was a distict difference between BH's and what I called "prelabor" or "practice labor"--those felt more like real labor contractions. I had BH's as early as 20 weeks and they never bothered me, but in the last few weeks, they started to become uncomfortable, and that was the "practice labor." But when I was actually in labor, they felt different still, but for me it would be very easy to confuse the two. Different women probably experience it differently, though.
Nope. Not for me.
Braxton Hicks contrax started for me at 21 weeks with Jesse and 18 weeks with the newbie. My whole uterus balls up or goes squarish. They're uncomfortable, but not painful.
Prelabour started for me when I was pregnant with Jesse at 39 weeks and continued until he was born at 42 weeks. They were low and crampy (like menstrual cramps) and I had them around the clock. I'd get them as often as every 7 minutes and other times they'd space out to every 1/2 hour.
I've always been super confused about this myself, because as far as I know... four pregnancies I've never had Braxton hicks! In fact... mostly I didn't know I was having real contractions until after my water breaks... till then I could be getting tickled for all the pain they cause. (even after they're never really painful... just annoying)
Maybe I'm just weird??
Adam and Eirinn
Ashleigh Jun 3 2000, Mackenzie Sept 21 2001, Jayde Jul 9 2006, and Liam Jun 9 2011
I'm going to say no also, as someone who had both BH and true preterm labor (which could thankfully be stopped). There was a distinct difference between my BH (which started around 16 weeks for me), and my prelabor/preterm labor contractions. The BH felt a little like I hadn't emptied my bladder completely, a tightness across my uterus. The prelabor/preterm labor contractions felt like BH plus uncomfortable cramp type sensations, some of them strong enough to need to breathe through.