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November 3rd, 2011, 10:01 PM
abwright17's Avatar Ashley
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All day I've been having what feels like braxton hicks contractions. Is this normal this early in pregnancy? Im kinda worried!!!
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November 3rd, 2011, 10:26 PM
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It may be just round ligaments stretching. I had some of that pretty early with the twins. Remember that everything is stretching at almost twice the rate of a singleton pregnancy, so all of the "normal" stuff is likely to happen earlier!

Drink a glass or two of water, lay down, and it will probably stop. If it gets worse or doesn't go away after an hour or so, I would call the nurse! But I'd bet it's ligaments. Sometimes that stretching can hurt WORSE than bh!!
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November 3rd, 2011, 11:04 PM
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Yea it just feels like im being squeezed. They go away when i lay down but as soon as i get up they start acting up!
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November 4th, 2011, 02:01 AM
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I am no help .... I didn't feel a single contraction, BH or otherwise until they induced me

I know lots of people feel them though ... and her advice above is what I have heard before
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November 4th, 2011, 04:57 AM
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I had BH contractions starting in my first trimester. By 24w I was having at least 10/hour and my cervix was starting to funnel from the inside out. My Dr. put me on meds to stop the contractions. The meds really cut down on the number I had and I really cut back on my activity level. My cervix lengthened back out, my funneling didn't get worse and I didn't have my girls until 36w5d, a couple days after I went off the meds.

Contractions are nothing to mess with in a twin pregnancy. Make sure you take it easy, drink lots of water and mention it to your Dr. It might be nothing, but too many twins are lost when MoMs assume things are okay. I'm positive I wouldn't have carried mine as long if I wasn't on meds.
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November 4th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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I also had them for several hours right at the 20 week mark. I called my ob who said the above about getting them to stop - if they stop, it's fine, but if you can't get back up without them restarting I would step it up. If the water doesn't work, I would totally call someone!

Since mine eased up for a bit and then came back and started getting harder, I went in to the ER. Of course, by the time they could do much with me they had stopped, but they checked me and did an ultrasound and the whole nine yards. I was frustrated that I went in "for nothing," but then found out that a lady in my DDC who had been due the same day actually had miscarried the same day I had to go in with my BH. That sobered me quite a bit - I'm glad I went in, even if it was for nothing.

MUCH better safe than sorry, even if safe is inconvenient. :hugs:
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November 5th, 2011, 12:11 PM
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Thanks ladies!!!
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