Braxton Hicks

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Braxton Hicks

I have quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions every day. Some are strong enough that, while not painful, they kind of stop me in my tracks! I know that they are common and that I shouldn't worry unless they become regular or painful, but I had Braxton Hicks contractions with my last pregnancy and ended up in PTL. In fact, I had one particularly strong (but not painful) Braxton Hicks contraction about a minute before my water broke at 31 weeks last time. EEK.

Anyone else have Braxton Hicks contractions?

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I'm not sure if I get them. with my first, i didnt start getting them til about 37 weeks, and was induced so they were never crazy strong. I think every once in a while I get them, but honestly I'm not sure if it's just the baby pushing out on me sometimes.

I would definitely mention it to your OB given your history of ptl. Hopefully its just your uterus gearing up for an uneventful fullterm labour!! Practice makes perfect! Smile

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I've had loads. Mostly they're just the painless ones, but sometimes they are painful for me. I asked about feeling pressure too as he often pushes down on my cervix, but they said it's just his positioning and not to worry if it's not accompanied by painful, patterned contractions.

With PTL and delivery history, my mw just says to rest when I can, drink all the water I can and keep an eye on things. HTH!

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I never had any with DD. A couple of weeks ago I had a contraction that woke me up - and totally freaked me out. But it was totally isolated.

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he often pushes down on my cervix, but they said it's just his positioning and not to worry if it's not accompanied by painful, patterned contractions.

OMG - This LO is all about kicking me in my cervix. It sucks. I used to complain about DD jamming her foot in my rib cage but I'd take that over cervix kicks any day!

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I was just wondering if that was waht I was feeling off and on yesterday also stopping me in my tracks. But the LO has been squirmy and really pushing and turning on things and a couple times on my cervix area.. I am just glad I will finally have my appt this week, it has been about 2 months due to a variety of reasons.
So "Maybe" to answer your question.

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I would tell my Dr if I were you just to be on the safe side because of your past history with your water breaking and all. With that being said, I am having them all the time too and sometimes they are so intense they take my breath away. It's strange to me because I never remember having them with DS. I don't even think I had even one contraction with him until the day I went into labor. Now I have BHs every day several times a day and sometimes they are followed by a painful cramping sensation very low in my uterus. I can't tell if it's a contraction or just stretching or what, but the two seem to go hand in hand. I am hoping all this activity means my labor will be quick this time around. Smile

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I've never had BH with my pregnancies, so I count myself really lucky. I agree with the PP who said telling your Dr might be a good idea. Was your LO born at 31 weeks then?

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I think i will mention it to my doc at my appt next week. I definitely need to drink more water!

Marie, I was hospitalized at 31 weeks after my water broke, but they kept me pregnant on bed rest in the hospital for three weeks before inducing labor. It was awful!!!

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I am having BH all the time now...and I know it is normal, but they never cease to worry me at times. It feels too early to have them "stop me in my tracks", but they are...a lot.