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Difference between braxton hicks and labour?

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August 24th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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I'm pretty sure I had no Braxton Hicks or practice contractions with my daughter. I was induced at 41 weeks and had my first contractions then.
I haven't had any this pregnancy yet either, so if I do have contractions at any point I'm probably going to presume it's the real deal. Is there a way to know the difference? I don't want to look silly by going in at the first sign of pain.
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August 24th, 2014, 06:49 AM
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August 24th, 2014, 07:05 AM
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I'm a FTM but was told real contractions get longer, stronger and closer together. But also to trust my body. I'd call if you're nervous.
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August 24th, 2014, 12:02 PM
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When in doubt, get checked. With my son and daughter I went full term, no contractions until I went into labor. This pregnancy has been quite the opposite! I went into labor -at 22 weeks I think- because of a BV infection. I had to spend the night in the hospital and go on antibiotics. I would still get contractions after that cleared up, some days more than others.

The past few days I have had a ton of contractions and was admitted to the hospital again. No infection this time, but I am not quite 34 weeks and dilated 2 cm and 50 percent effaced. They had to give me two kinds of meds to get the contractions to slow down and I am doing two doses of steroids to help mature my baby's lungs. I hope they let me out today, because it has slowed way down.

Always get checked; it may be nothing but it could be serious, too.

Trinity: mom to Brendan (14) Aricka (9) Cecilia (3) Lucia (2)
and two angel babies in heaven

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