Braxton Hicks Already?

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Braxton Hicks Already?

I went shopping today and walked around quite a bit (much more than usual since I've been pregnant). Towards the end I started having a lot of tightening in my lower tummy that felt like contractions. Isn't it too early to feel Braxton Hicks contractions? I'm a little worried that it might progress to something else if I keep walking.

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i'm not sure when BH can start... is it possible you got dehydrated? my MW has warned me that getting a little dehydrated can lead to crampiness. i wouldn't worry about walking too much, as long as you rest and hydrate yourself when you start feeling that way.

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I did some reading when I got home because I was having them off and on all throughout the night at work. Made for a very uncomfortable night. Sad But, apparently they start around 6 weeks but you just don't feel them and it's typical to feel them right around now. Nothing to worry about unless they start to have a pattern because then it could be preterm labor. Not the case for me. I saw suggestions on how to deal with it but once again, I can't do those things while I'm at work. I guess I just really need to take it easy when I'm at home. Physical exertion can cause them, so that explains why it happened while walking (although I didn't feel like I was exerting myself, but having not been very mobile in the early stages of pregnancy, I guess I was). It mentioned dehydration as being a cause too. I do suppose that could have something to do with it too. I could always drink more. I'm horrible at drinking enough water. I just hope it doesn't continue every time I have to go somewhere and walk more than I do in a normal day. Or at least not on a night where I have to work and can't do anything about it. It's not painful but it's just incredibly uncomfortable. This, mixed with costochondritis? Work is really suck'n lately, LOL. Ay yi yi!

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They started pretty regular and strong with DS2 at around 17 weeks but he stayed in there till 39+ weeks. It's normal as long as they are just BH. I did notice with him that the more I moved and less water I drank the more uncomfortable they were.