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May 14th, 2014, 08:39 AM
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i keep reading other people's posts about them having contractions from time to time and i'm just over here twiddling my thumbs because i'm not. granted i know it's too early to have labor contractions, but those early contractions help efface and dialate the cervix. i have my first pelvic exam next week and i have a feeling i won't be dialted or effaced even the slightest bit. all in all, i've had a total of maybe three contractions this entire pregnancy. and i have braxton's only now and then, not really on a regular basis.

are you having any contractions? anything you think may be a contraction?
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May 14th, 2014, 08:49 AM
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I know a lot of people who didn't have a single Braxton hicks contraction and ended up having 38-39 weekers. I think it totally depends. Contractions landed me on bed rest around 30 weeks, but have totally slowed down since. My NST has picked up some that I didn't even notice, so either I'm becoming immune to them or they are too subtle to feel. Did you feel Braxton hicks with your first two?
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May 14th, 2014, 08:59 AM
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Sometimes you can have them and don't even realize it. My first I had them on and off but they did nothing but get me hopes up. My second didn't have any until labor. 3rd didn't notice the bh that got things slowly moving weeks ago. This time i was checked once and nothing i doubt I'll be checked on Monday unless i requested it. This pregnancy i have them all the time and lately pray they turn into labor but nothing yet.
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May 14th, 2014, 09:13 AM
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I've been having BH's since a little after 20 weeks..... but, since Sunday afternoon I've been rocking 2-3 hours of good, steady contractions each day. Last night I was awake from 1-4am with contractions.... and they were way more "period cramp" like... which makes me feel like they were hopefully the "good" kind. I have an appointment tomorrow morning and will get checked then! I have been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, taking evening primrose oil by mouth 2x a day.... and sticking one inside my vagina as close to my cervix as possible each night.

Don't be discouraged, I think every woman is different! FX you are making some progress.
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May 14th, 2014, 09:14 AM
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I didn't think I was having any but didn't think anything of it since I am a FTM...but when I was in the Hospital last Thursday all hooked up for a non-stress test the monitor showed I was having them occasionally. What I thought was movement from GingerBean was actually a tightening of my uterus...GingerBean would then kick or shift a little afterwards.

So if your tummy gets hard, around your belly button or a bit lower, and you think it is baby moving, it could be a BH contraction.

Either way though - I wouldn't worry too much about it. There are other things you can do to help prep your cervix and whatnot
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May 14th, 2014, 11:10 AM
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I've been having them pretty regularly (daily) but nothing too distracting. I like to be able to watch them on the NST.
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May 14th, 2014, 12:56 PM
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3rd time mom and I had more at 26-27 weeks. Very few now, most are very mild. I'll be 37 weeks Friday and my cervix was too high to even be checked for dilation at 36 weeks. (Strep test so I said may as well check). I was 4cm and 75 percent effaced at 39 weeks with baby 2 so I don't get why nothing is happening.
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May 14th, 2014, 01:09 PM
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You're having them. You just don't know it. The uterus is a muscle and it works out throughout pregnancy. Some women just notice them a lot more than others. Don't you worry. When the time comes, your uterus will know just what to do. I highly recommend skipping the cervical check. It won't provide you with any useful information. You'll be unnecessarily disappointed if the doc says you're high and tight or you'll be unnecessarily excited if the doc says you're 3 cm. Dilation prior to labor means pretty much NOTHING. However, cervical checks do carry a risk of accidentally rupturing your membranes, introducing bacteria, and giving sneaky OBs a chance to sweep your membranes without asking.
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May 14th, 2014, 01:42 PM
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I have been having some "light" ones.Nothing extremely significant, but I am not too worried right now.
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May 14th, 2014, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by JoannaEvelyn06 View Post
I've been having BH's since a little after 20 weeks..... but, since Sunday afternoon I've been rocking 2-3 hours of good, steady contractions each day. Last night I was awake from 1-4am with contractions.... and they were way more "period cramp" like... which makes me feel like they were hopefully the "good" kind. I have an appointment tomorrow morning and will get checked then! I have been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, taking evening primrose oil by mouth 2x a day.... and sticking one inside my vagina as close to my cervix as possible each night.

Don't be discouraged, I think every woman is different! FX you are making some progress.
seems weird that you would be doing all of this. Did your doctor (or midwife) advise this?
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May 14th, 2014, 06:17 PM
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I totally agree with Tigger. It sent me to L&D bc of a ton of bleeding when my OB was too rough. It's not needed and if you're not feeling contractions and your water hasn't broken then you're better off without it.
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May 15th, 2014, 07:06 AM
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Given some of the descriptions above I may be feeling Braxton Hicks - my tummy gets really hard around the belly button in the evenings, when I am pushing myself (debateably) too hard I notice them more frequently...but I thought they were just the baby repositioning. Nothing to cause me pain or discomfort to the point I can't continue on what I'm doing though.

Each person and pregnancy is different, do what feels right to you.
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May 15th, 2014, 08:09 AM
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Last week I went to my 36 week check up and was checked for the first time with no progress. The baby is still really high and hasn't dropped at all, but minor contractions have started this week. I go in this afternoon and will be interested in seeing what progress I have made (if any). The contractions feel like period cramps and last a couple of hours on and off.
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