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melissalaw October 15th, 2013 07:51 AM

Braxton Hicks
 
Pregnant Ladies: Have you started having Braxton Hicks Contractions yet? When did you first have them? How often are you getting them?


Mommies: Did you get Braxton Hicks Contractions with your babies? When did you first have then? How often did you get them?



I had my first contractions yesterday. They didn't hurt just uncomfortable. Of course I freaked out a little bit worrying that I was going to have pre term labor or something. But they only happened a few times and then stopped. Nothing today.

With Jackson I don't think I ever had them or if I did I didn't know that I was having them. And with Jacob I went into labor at 33 weeks that thakfully stopped but after that I had contractions every day. I'm guessing they were just braxton hicks because they never did anything to dialate me anymore. I don't think I had any before 33 weeks with Jacob or atleast that I remember.

I guess since this is my 3rd baby that is why they are coming earlier this time. Of course they have me nervous.

momof8lopez October 15th, 2013 11:30 AM

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For the life of me, I can't remember ever getting bh's with baby's 1-4. Baby #5, I started to get them at 15wks, ALOT. Had a bit of a scare at 28wks and had to get the shot to stop them, then all was good and she went to 39wks with her induction. The BH's never stopped though, at least 20 a day if not more.

With baby #6 and 7, not too many to speak of and they did not start until after 20wks. Baby #8 was about 24wks or so when they started. I mean, I had a few before then, but nothing to speak of. All the way to delivery, this was by far the least bh's I have ever had. thank God, If I had a strong enough BH with this baby, it would of dislodged the blood clot in my placenta and caused the abruption alot sooner.

Boos Moo October 15th, 2013 11:43 AM

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I might have had them. My contractions have always started in my lower back (in fact my first pregnancy I didn't even know that and thought it was just a bad back ache that came and went during my last week). So I've had a couple of times when my lower back will hurt for a bit, then go away. But I think it's just growing pains.

melissalaw October 15th, 2013 12:40 PM

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Thanks Lori. I've had one today so far. I'm going to mention them to my dr at my next appointment. I figure i'm ok but of course you always have a bit of worry in the back of your mind.

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Originally Posted by Boos Moo (Post 27729476)
I might have had them. My contractions have always started in my lower back (in fact my first pregnancy I didn't even know that and thought it was just a bad back ache that came and went during my last week). So I've had a couple of times when my lower back will hurt for a bit, then go away. But I think it's just growing pains.

I've had some back pain going on also but I think like you that is just growing pains.

Ame C October 15th, 2013 02:33 PM

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I started getting them early with Clyde, maybe around 23-ish weeks? I usually only got them if I had a busy day on my feet, but towards the end I would get them all the time.

So far I haven't had any (I think). I did have some weird rhythmic tightening in my back over the weekend that lasted a few hours but it went away and I haven't felt it again since then. Not totally sure what that was but someone mentioned it sounded like BH contractions. I've never felt them in my back like that. It's usually my uterus tightening up.

Schofield06 October 15th, 2013 04:26 PM

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I don't think I've had any yet. I get this odd pressure sometimes, but I think it's just stretching.

Sunrise October 15th, 2013 04:33 PM

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A few weeks ago I started getting them. I think I was dehydrated. Drank about a liter of water and they stopped. Then if I do too much, they come. About 45m to 1 hour apart until I stop.

Boos Moo October 16th, 2013 04:12 AM

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Ame I'd maybe mention it to your doctor (the rythmic back pain) next time you're in. I don't know how common it is to get them in your back, but with DS when I called the hospital after my water broke and they asked if I was having contractions I told them no, then her second question was if I was having back pain that came and went. I said yes, and she said those were contractions. So it seemed pretty common.

Sunrise October 16th, 2013 06:53 AM

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To continue this convo- when are BH concerning??

EverydayJoy October 16th, 2013 07:16 AM

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Sunrise--what I've heard is, the best way to tell if it's real labor or not, is if you can time them (regular contractions) and if they get closer together and more intense as time goes on. Timing (just in case you don't know) would be from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next one.

melissalaw October 16th, 2013 08:32 AM

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I see my dr next week so I'm going to find out exactly when I should be concerned. I had one yesterday and none today. I think Joy is right though if they come more frequently or get closer together then you should call your dr right away. I have been guzzling water like crazy so I'm wondering if I was just a bit dehydrated.

Boos Moo October 16th, 2013 12:41 PM

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Could be. I'm thirsty all the time myself.

Sunrise October 16th, 2013 01:19 PM

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I'd assumed timing would give more info. But I was wondering if there was a "magic" time that became concerning. I guess just getting closer together or them not stopping.

Oh the joys of worrying :)

melissalaw October 16th, 2013 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunrise (Post 27733305)
I'd assumed timing would give more info. But I was wondering if there was a "magic" time that became concerning. I guess just getting closer together or them not stopping.

Oh the joys of worrying :)

I don't know about how close together they are when you should worry. I'm going to ask my dr though so I'll let you know after I see him. I would imagine that very close together when we are as far along as we are would be worrisome. I just wouldn't want to dialate at all at this stage of my pregnancy. Although I dialated to 3 cm with my last pregnancy at 33 weeks and stayed that way for 6 more weeks.

EverydayJoy October 16th, 2013 07:52 PM

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I think if it's too soon for labor to be starting, any regular contractions that are getting closer together and stronger, should be reported, even if they're 45 minutes apart.
I believe you have the "magic number" scenario only for labor you WANT to start, as a way of saying, "it's time to go!", meaning the 5 minutes apart or whatever they say it is.

Sunrise October 17th, 2013 04:29 AM

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Originally Posted by EverydayJoy (Post 27735067)
I think if it's too soon for labor to be starting, any regular contractions that are getting closer together and stronger, should be reported, even if they're 45 minutes apart.
I believe you have the "magic number" scenario only for labor you WANT to start, as a way of saying, "it's time to go!", meaning the 5 minutes apart or whatever they say it is.

Well stated! It's best to report to your provider, but I believe the first thing thing they instruct you to do is drink LOTS of water and lay down onyour left.

melissalaw October 17th, 2013 05:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Sunrise (Post 27736339)
Well stated! It's best to report to your provider, but I believe the first thing thing they instruct you to do is drink LOTS of water and lay down onyour left.

That's what they told me when I was pregnant with Jacob and it worked every time.

cortln October 17th, 2013 06:14 AM

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I'm not far enough along with this pregnancy for those yet, however, with my daughter I remember getting them around 5 months probably. They were so annoying and uncomfortable. I noticed if I would push on my stomach sometimes that would trigger one for some reason.


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