Braxton Hicks??

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jac81's picture
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Braxton Hicks??

Do any of you have any experience with BH?? The past two days I have had some cramps off and on that only last for about 30-45 seconds. It almost feels like maybe I have to go potty, but then it goes away and I'm fine. I remember when I went into labor with DS that is what the contractions felt like to me at first. I did not have BH with DS at all so I have no clue what this is. Do you think that maybe this is BH or could it just be painful gas? :confused:

K_Lo's picture
Joined: 11/16/07
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I've gotten BH all the way through all 3 times. Is your belly getting hard when this happens? Keeping yourself hydrated helps, I hope you find out what's going on!

Dylemma's picture
Joined: 09/04/09
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I have never noticed I was having them. But when I had my scan on tuesday. When the main tech came in and was scannning she said I was having them lol I am so no sense no feeling I had no clue.

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Never had them with DD but wanted to say I hope it gets better for you. It can't be very fun.
My mother did say that with her pregnancies she got them more and more frequently with each one.

AimeeLynne's picture
Joined: 09/29/08
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I never had them with DS, but the girls from the last board had them a lot. They always drank lots of water and rested when they were getting them. Its always scary when you have cramps while pg, even as normal as they could be!

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Joined: 10/02/08
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YUP! Ive started getting them already Sad It pretty much feels like my stomach is a tight ball but after a minute or so it goes back to normal (soft). And normally it happens when Im overdoing it or need to drink more fluids. With DD I didnt even realize they were happening until about 30 sumthin weeks.

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I don't "think" Ive had them with any of my pregnancies. That said my mom says i am a freak of nature because I delivered my twins with no meds and NEVER felt a contraction. The nurses had to tell me when to push. With my 3rd DS I walked into my induction at 6 cm dialated, and hadnt felt anything. I ended up with the HIGHEST dose of pitocin they can Legally give you and still delivered him with no meds. I "think" I felt regular contractions with DD (which is why I went to the hospital) and they were registering but weren't painful. She was a csection though cuz she was breech. And with my last I felt some contractions after I was on a high dose of pit (although the only place I really felt them was right where my csection scar is).......he was born by VBAC after like an hour and a half of "real" labor....

jac81's picture
Joined: 11/22/10
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I felt another one this morning and I noticed that my stomach does feel like a hard ball when it's happening. I also felt a lot of pressure this morning too, but it has since went away. I guess it is BH. Maybe I am just more tuned into my body with this pregnancy.

Amanda - you are a freak of nature!! LOL! Twins w/ no meds!! This will be my first labor with no meds so send me some of your "no pain" vibes! Smile

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Everyone is different and I notice this with birthing as well. I have no idea how you experienced childbirth with no pain, I was screaming with every one that was unmedicated!

I get BH with every pregnancy and with each subsequent pregnancy they start earlier. My uterus gets very hard for about 1 minute and then it goes away, it's not painful at all. They say it's your uterus practicing for real labour, drinking water does not make them go away for me.

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I've had them already too! Mine cone when I'm doing too much or if I'm not hydrated enough. It's a reminder to me to slow down abd drink more fluids. But of course that easier said than done when Im chasing behind a 13mo old and a 3 year old Smile

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Never got em with DD so I have no idea what they feel like.

Joined: 01/08/09
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Mine first started about a month or so ago this time. Like some of the other ladies described, it just feels like a strange tightening sensation once you tune into the strange sensation. BH for me are not painful right now. Whenever I have BH or a new "strangeness", I drink some water and lay down on my left side.

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yeah, i've been noticing them too - definitely worse when I'm overdoing it or haven't had enough to drink - which has been very often the past few weeks as we're moving and DH can't take off from work - so it's basically me moving. But i have to say i have a lot of good friends here who have been helping me a ton!

What I did notice, which was really interesting, is how my breathing changes when I'm having one. I could be sitting down reading and suddenly, I'll need to breath deeper, like I've been climbing a hill or something! It just reminds me that the uterus really is just a muscle that is working really hard! That is what has helped me through my labors, remembering to treat the pain like muscle pain, with moist heat, massage and movement.