Braxton Hicks vs Baby movement - update in Post #8

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Braxton Hicks vs Baby movement - update in Post #8

My Squishy sits really low down in the belly and also moves around a lot, often near the surface which makes the belly hard. In the last 2 days I've started to wonder how I can tell the difference between a BH contraction and when squishy is making the belly go hard. I'm feeling sensation "down there" a lot today too. The doc said I must call if contractions are painful and the books say to call if there are more than 4 in 1 hour.

So today I've started noting and timing every time I notice a tightening in the belly and most of them seem to last more than a minute. Which seems like too long to be caused by the baby changing position. I've noticed 5 instances in the last hour ranging from 35s to 1m36s. And it seems to tense up the whole front of the belly from just below my belly button.

Is this most likely BH? With Squishy sitting so low down all the time should I call the doc? My next appt is only on 10/2.

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hmmmm....i don't know if i've ever had a braxton hicks, but baby moving or changing position i woudln't think would cause such a hard belly --- so it def. sounds like a BH....speically if you can time them. Are you cramping or out of breath or anyting when it's happening, do you drink a ton of water and sit down or change your position and does it go away? That would be a BH...... i always err on the side of caution, i'd think it if keeps it up, i'd probably call the dr to just be cautious, worst thing is you go in and they say all is fine - and really that's not a bad thing.

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Changing position doesn't seem to make any difference to how long it lasts. And drinking anything just makes it worse because she is already so low down and putting pressure on my bladder.

They seem to decrease in frequency if I lie flat on my back.

Since I've been paying close attention I can detect a definite increase in intensity of the contraction to a peak and then it tapers off, every time. If its the baby moving its more like a tightening of the skin in that specific area and is like a mini wave, less than 10 sec. Based in this I've been having BH for at least 3 weeks but today is the most activity so far.

I'm going to call the doc in the morning if its still so frequent.

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My BH are super obvious. My belly gets really hard, it gets sore and I get kinda queasy. I have tons of them when pregnant. I have been having them since about 15 weeks. I asked my dr when I need to start worrying. She said if I have 4-5 in an hour then I need to drink a bunch of water and lay down. If they don't calm down then it would be good for me to go in and get checked. I had TONS with DS. Sometimes I would have them every 3 minutes for hours. But they never made any progress. For some reason I just have a lot of them... I have noticed that I have them more if I need to empty my bladder. So you may try that. Also you'll have more if you are dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty!

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"CaityA83" wrote:

I asked my dr when I need to start worrying. She said if I have 4-5 in an hour then I need to drink a bunch of water and lay down. If they don't calm down then it would be good for me to go in and get checked. I had TONS with DS. Sometimes I would have them every 3 minutes for hours.

Today I was having them every 5 min or so between 11am and 12pm (counted 5) but then after lunch I went to sleep so I don't know if they continued. Then I noticed them again from about 4.30 till I lay down again at 7pm (counted 16 in this time period). Even though I'm sitting up now I haven't noticed any more since eating supper.

"CaityA83" wrote:

I have noticed that I have them more if I need to empty my bladder. So you may try that. Also you'll have more if you are dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty!

I will try up my water intake although that in itself is very uncomfortable because the baby is permanently on my bladder.

If I count more than 4 tomorrow morning I will call the doc. I'm extra nervous just because she is very low down, even the doc commented at the last appt that she was head down on my bladder.

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Its always better to be safe! If you're concerned about it, then give them a call. Thats what they are there for. My dr was always more worried about it than I was and ended up putting me on procardia last time when they would get bad like that. Your dr may want to do something like that also. I hope they slow down for you!

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So far no contractions, YAY!

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So... started noticing contractions around 4.30pm yesterday and they did not let up the whole time I was out walking the dog so around 5.45pm I called my OB and he sent me off to the hospital. I unfortunately messed up my DH's night because we were supposed to go to a concert last night to see his favourite rock guitarist perform Sad but we got stuck in the L&D ward at the hospital for 6 hours.

They hooked me up to some monitors and could see that the contractions were very regular and fairly significant (albeit painless). The whole time I was hooked up the contractions never let up. In fact they didn't stop until I fell asleep around 3am. Around 9pm the resident doc came in with an attending to say that although there was no dilation or cervix softening and that all the tests they did say I probably won't go into active labor in at least the next 2 weeks they wanted to keep me for observation for a few more hours just because the contractions were so regular. I sent DH home to take the dog out and to (try) get some rest as he had a big meeting this morning. Around 11.30pm the resident doc came in to say that there was no change in my cervix or the contractions and so they needed to consult with my OB to find out if he wanted to book me in for steroid treatment for her lungs in case of preterm delivery. That worried me but thankfully my doc decided it wasn't necessary right at that time. So they sent me home around midnight.

The contractions continued and kept me awake most of the night.

I felt them start up again around 7.30am as I was taking the dog to the park for her morning romp. They're not as intense as they were yesterday afternoon or last night, and not as often, but yesterday they only started up in the late afternoon. I'm off to see the OB for a check up and he will give me a better idea of what we're facing.

Based on all of this it turns out that what I thought was pressure from the baby sitting so low down when I walk has actually been contractions the whole time. So I've been having them since about 19 weeks, but yesterday was the most noticeable.

DH is a bit freaked out at the prospect of a preemie.....

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Try not to freak out too much. I'm glad the docs are on top of it and definitely keep them updated. But, I get frequent BH. They started around 18w with my first and around 12w with all the others. I've had episodes of them 5 minutes apart for over an hour as early as 20w with no problems. It could just be what is called an "irritable uterus" which means that your uterus likes BH contractions. Or, as my MW told me "Your uterus is a one-trick pony. You're thirsty? It contracts. You're hungry? It contracts. You have to pee? It contracts. Baby moves? It contracts." I can often trigger a BH by touching my belly or, sometimes, by just thinking about it. I haven't had any issues with preemies yet (earliest was 38+6). With this pregnancy, the BH have been constantly frequent for the past few weeks and as of a week ago, my cervix was still unchanged (closed and 3.5cm long). Obviously, you could be dealing with PTL and only your doctor can make that call, but hopefully you just have a frustrating irritable uterus.

Wishing you tons of good luck.

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What a terribly long night. I'm sorry that you have such regular contractions. You'll have to KUP to let us know what ends up happening. I get pretty regular frequent BH. I say they are BH because my doctor has checked and my cervix hasn't changed at all. I haven't been too worried about it and actually my BH have slowed over the last couple weeks. They got pretty frequent for a while but not any more.

:goodluck: Hope baby stays in to bake!

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Doc checked me out again this afternoon and says everything is still fine. My cervix is still long and closed so he's only wants to see me in 2 weeks.

He did an ultrasound and did some measurements on the baby: she's weighing around 3 lb 4 oz and is measuring around 29/30 weeks. But all in all she is growing nicely.

Still having them regularly but no increase in intensity so I'm not worried. Doc said I should only worry if they get sore, or if they move into my back.

Sounds like I've got a one trick pony too Blum 3

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Glad to hear it! Sorry you had to spend a night in the hospital to find that out.

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Ick! I'm sorry you had to deal with a hospital visit to L&D! Glad it all checked out for ya!

Hope she stays nice and cozily growing in there! It does make me wonder if some of what I've felt has been BH though...hmmmm

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Wow, that sounds scary! Try to keep that baby cookin'!

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Glad baby is growing well and is healthy! Smile