How long did your Braxton Hicks contractions last before you began to have

JoAnn - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )




I have just recently started to experience Braxton Hicks, and I was just wondering how long they lasted for you fellow moms out there before your body went into actual labor. I'm not due for another 4 weeks, but at the last obgyn appt, I was told that she has already dropped and that she could feel her head already... So curiosity is killing me. I am getting impatient for her to be here.


Serena - posted on 03/12/2010




I never really experienced them with my first son but my second son, i felt them almost constantly during his 8th month. I ended up in the hospital because of them, i was dialated 3 cm and she could feel the head. They put me on meds and he came out 6 weeks later :)
We all understand the complex that you're in...eager to see your baby and be comfortable again but wanting to wait until a healthy age for your baby :)

JoAnn - posted on 03/11/2010




Thanks everyone... That really helps me out a lot. I just didn't want these to mean that she was coming any day... I would love to have her, but I want to at least wait till closer to her due date if possible. All of you are helpful. Thank you!

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I had them most every day all day long for two months. They'd come and go every few hours. I pretty much felt cramps through the whole last two months. I finally started leaking at 37 weeks, went to the dr and was told not to worry, go home and rest, that afternoon, my water completely broke!

Rebecca - posted on 03/11/2010




With my first I noticed braxton hicks from about 36 weeks, but never went into labour (planned c-section 9 days early due to breech). With my second they started from 20 weeks, and I went into labour 2 days before my due date. With my third they started from 16 weeks and again I never went into labour officially (planned c-section again), but I think it was starting the day of my section, which was 2 days before I was due. Apparently braxton hicks begin about 6 weeks into the pregnancy, but become noticable to the mother at varying times, and tend to be felt earlier with subsequent pregnancies (which was the case with me).

Good luck for a safe delivery!

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5 weeks. I felt like I had been in (and out) of labor for a month particularly with bub no 2.

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Amber - posted on 03/13/2010




I started having braxton hicks when I was 28 weeks, but my baby was 13 days late.

Jessica - posted on 03/13/2010




I don't think they are any indication of when you'll actually go into labor... though pay attention if they start getting regular. You don't want her to be 4 weeks early anyway ;)

I had braxton hicks from 15 weeks all the way up until I went into labor at 41 weeks and 1 day :)

Kelly - posted on 03/13/2010




I went to the hospital about 3 times over about 2 weeks with braxton hicks (thinking i was in labour) until about 5 days before i was booked in for a c-section (daughter was breech) my waters broke lol - gud luck im sure you wont have long to go.

Kimberly - posted on 03/12/2010




I understand how you feel! I had Braxton Hicks for quite awhile before my daughter was born-over a month maybe? She'll come soon, don't worry! She can't stay in there forever..although each day in that last month seem to take forever!!! Are you dilating at all?? However, I was dilated to 2 at 36 wks, 3 at 37, almost 4 at 38, and didn't have her till 39! Those docs get you so damn excited!! ;) Hang in there and get some sleep!!!!!!!

Kayla - posted on 03/12/2010




I had braxton hicks for like a month before i had my son. When i was 37 weeks i had them 2 minutes apart for about 6 hours straight. They admitted me in the hospital bc they thought i could be going in preterm labor, but they finally stopped. But you will know when the real ones start :]

Alexis - posted on 03/11/2010




Bout 4 wks b4 i went in2 real labour. Had false labour a number of times. It sucked!

Sheree - posted on 03/11/2010




I had them from about 16 weeks all through the pregnancy. I actually thought i was having braxton hicks when i was in actual labour. everyone made out real labour to be soooooo painful, but they contractions felt the same as the braxton hicks, so i actually didnt know i was in labour. i went to the hosp to make sure everything was ok at 645pm, was examined at 715pm and had my daughter at 841pm. I basically did all the hard work at home, not knowing i was in labour. best of luck with everything and congrats :)

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2010




I started experiencing them @ about 26 weeks until just b4 i had my lil girl. She also dropped and got into position about 3-4 weeks before I had her - hang in there & enjoy relaxing :) She'll come soon enough :)

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2010




mine lased a good 18 weeks or so... i started getting them around 22 weeks. and i actually didnt have any right before labor. i just had a very very energetic day on the 27th of jan and then the 28th my lil one came.

Brianna - posted on 03/10/2010




i started having them like 3 or 4 weeks before my baby was born. they were weird they were not all over the place in timing so the first time i thought i must be in labor but after 2 hours of them being 20 minute apart they stopped. after that i kept getting contractions every couple days slowly they got closer together stay for a hour or so and then be gone. finally when i went into labor i woke up in the middle of the night feeling the need to pee but when i got up my water broke but i was in no pain and didnt start feeling any contractions until about a half hour later. 10 1/2 hours later my daughter was born

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