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Braxton-Hicks Contractions

Babysugar Diaries: Braxton-Hicks Contractions

If there's one thing I am familiar with having been through labor once before, it's contractions! Late in pregnancy, my doctor and the books warned about experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. But, how does a mama-to-be know when they hit? By definition, they are:

Relatively painless nonrhythmic contractions of the uterus that occur during pregnancy with increasing frequency over time but are not associated with labor.

Some women encounter them early in pregnancy and endure them until the very end. The first time around, I didn't feel them until much later in the game. This go round, however, I have been acutely aware of their presence for quite a while. Luckily, as quick as they come, they go.

When did you start to feel Braxton-Hicks contractions?


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Mishell Mishell 9 years
I started getting them in my 3rd month. They have been very consistant and constant. This is my first pregnancy.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
I'm almost 31 weeks and I'm getting them all the time now.I didn't really remember them in my other pregnancies but they are frequent this time.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I was getting them so often and my doctor finally pointed out that I was possibly dehydrated. I upped my water intake and away went my braxton hicks.
jessie jessie 9 years
alot with the first.....really didn't notice to much with that last two. maybe cuz i was busy chasing kids
dntusassme2000 dntusassme2000 9 years
I have been having them quite frequently. I just started my 7th month and I have noticed they have really been happening quite a bit.
mother2 mother2 9 years
I would definitely agree with greggie, roxstarchic and meandtheo. I thought I was having them during a non-stress test at 37.5 weeks pregnant with my twins. About a half-hour into the test, my babies' heart rates plummeted and I was rushed to L&D. Luckily I was already at the hospital and was able to avoid an emergency C-section when their heart rates returned to a normal level. Still had a c-section later that night because I was told the babies couldn't possibly withstand labor if their heart rates were dropping from one contraction. Never felt any pain, just the pressure, so don't be fooled...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
That's exactly what my doctor warns about at the first appointment, meandtheo. He wants his patients to disregard "Braxton Hicks" and track them as they would any contraction, so that he can decide how to handle it. The picture is really odd. It's done at an angle to make the hands closer, so they start to look incredibly disproportionately large starting at mid-forearm.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
be careful, i had "braxton hicks" starting in my fifth month...I had them a lot! I mentioned it to my doctor every time I went and when i went in for my 6 month check up, she sent me for a stress test...where i had many contractions, after that i was on bed rest and medication to stop these REAL contractions that i had been having. my daughter arrived one day after i stopped the medication, three weeks early (and a very healthy 8lbs 4oz) but technically still full term. be sure to let your doctor know if you are having a lot.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
i thought i was having them... i had heard so much about braxton hicks & my friends having them, that when i actually went into labor i thought... ehhh this aint so bad... must be braxhix... my water never broke either so never having experienced them... i was kinda at a loss. we made it to the hospital in time. (started the contractions sat nite went to the hospital monday) when people ask how long i was in labor for... my husband says two hours... i have to remind him that ummmm NO it was technically two DAYS and sarahinparis it IS a creepy pic... kind manish hands and the belly doesnt look like it's a pregnant belly exactly... odd.
honey693 honey693 9 years
I've been having these since 20 weeks or so. Some are not painless though, especially if I'm dehydrated or have to pee.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Never had any. I guess not everyone gets them, but I was still surprised to not have any. I kept waiting. LOL. I had my fair share of "pelvic" issues (bladder spasms mainly), but no contractions. My first were went I went into labor at 39.5 weeks.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 9 years
I had them late in the second trimester. ----- Is it me or do the hands in that pic look creepy? They're too big or something.
chippyshero2066 chippyshero2066 9 years
I had Braxton Hicks contractions for a month after my 3rd trimester during my first pregnancy back in 90. The hospital used to get annoyed with me whenever I thought I had contractions. Although I never had them during my second pregnancy which was strange.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 9 years
I've been having them since around 13/14 weeks. Back then it was definitely when I got dehydrated or over exerted myself. I'm now 19 weeks and I get them off and on, but generally again if I'm over exerting myself or dehydrated.
Courtney82 Courtney82 9 years
With my first it was after 30 weeks. This pregnancy they started around 20 weeks.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I had contractions really early with all three, like before my first trimester was over. All my doctors didn't like the use of "Braxton Hicks," though, especially my last. They all said the term makes it too easy to dismiss problems. They defined them all as real contractions, and I had guidelines on when to call or come in.
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