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April 24th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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I'm a bit embarrass to ask this but how do Braxton Hicks feel like? I never had any of that with DS, so I'm not sure what to look for . I been having some cramps, that last for a few seconds, but that's it, and I don't think that is it.
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April 24th, 2012, 08:27 AM
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I have been having braxton hicks since 20 weeks with this pregnancy for some reason. For me, they start off feeling like a pressure in my stomach, and when you touch my stomach it is extremely hard. So a tightening/pressure feeling for me. They only recently began to feel uncomfortable or slightly painful. Now that I am larger and further along, I can tell I am getting one because they take my breath away and make it harder for me to breathe.
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April 24th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Yep, I have been having mine since about 20 weeks as well. For me, they are not painful at all yet, sometimes I don't even know I am having one unless I touch my stomach. It is just a tightening sensation across my entire stomach that lasts about 15-30 seconds. It usually is not accompanied by any cramping. I'm sure it is slightly different for everyone though. Relax, put your feet up, and grab some water!
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April 24th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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Mine are sometimes accompanied by cramping. I have been having them for a while too. My OB said that the more pregnancies you have, the more you are likely to have them because your body "remembers" what it is supposed to do and starts practicing earlier and more often. Not for everyone, but for many...aren't we lucky One thing you want to watch for, make sure you are not having more than 4 an hour and that they aren't "timeable". If you think you are having one, touch your belly, if it is completely hard where your uterus is, it is likely a BH.
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April 24th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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Mine start with a pressure followed by a cramping feeling then a tightening of my uterus. It usually starts from the bottom up.
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