Should I be getting braxton hicks at 21 weeks?

Katherine - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi I am due the 10th august, 2010 a day after my daughter turns 3. For the last couples of day I have been getting braxton hick especially if I have been walking around for to long or have been standing for too long. This baby makes number 4 but this has never happened this early before. I was just wondering if anybody else has had braxton hicks at 21 weeks and if there is anything to worry about as I know bracton hicks dont really do anything.

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Alicia - posted on 05/09/2010

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I'm due August 18th, this is my third baby. I have been having regular Braxton Hicks since 13 weeks. doctor's aren't concerned even though they are regular and constant and are gaining in intensity. I've never had them this early either. With my first son I didn't get them until a few weeks before he was born and they were far and few between. With my daughter I started getting them at around 7 months. I'm thinking it's just our bodies are getting that head started because we've had so many pregnancies before. At least thats what i'm hoping. all the reading up i've done on the web about it is getting them this early can be quite normal and routine. Even though they can sometimes be quite strong and take my breath away, i've been reassured that they aren't harming the baby. So I supposed its just another thing we get to grin and bear.

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Amanda - posted on 04/21/2010

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preggo with # 4 and i didn't start the braxton hicks until the last few weeks with any of the previous pregnancies. nothing so far with this one. however i've both read and been told that it's not uncommon starting at around 20 weeks. just the body practicing and nothing to worry about. although i expect it can be somewhat irritating and worrisome.

Terri - posted on 05/25/2010

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to Nicole Short... Braxton hicks are your bodies way of preparing for labour contractions... they are when your stomach tightens and releases again, most women don't feel them but they can feel like period pain or small contractions. hope that helps x

Natalie - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes, braxton hicks just means that your belly gets hard... It's exercise for labor and totally normal. I'm 22 1/2 weeks and have had them for a while now. Especially when i have an orgasm (sorry if tmi, lol)

I'm prego with my 3rd and i've had it early with all 3 so there's nothing to worry about

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Michelle - posted on 06/04/2010

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yes! I had braxton hicks at 21 weeks as well and I was in the hospital for two days while they monitored them. just make sure they check you to be sure your not dialating from them. one of the nurses there told me thats really the only way to know if you are in preterm labor or just braxton hicks if its your first child because everyone is different and until you have your first its hard to tell. but i am going on 29 weeks now and have had them off and on ever since and still doing great. so as long as their is no bleeding or leaking and no dialation you are fine. alot of the times braxton hicks come from puttting stress on your uterus so if you are working or somthing and you get them after, thats your body telling you to slow down. they recommend laying on your left side and drinking four glasses of water to get them to stop my doctors told me after i got them the first time.

Shavonne - posted on 06/01/2010

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I have never had braxton hicks and this is my 3rd, but this time i do get them. I think anyways. my belly gets super hard and it kinda hurts. Is that what they are?

Olivia - posted on 05/20/2010

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im 26 weeks and i have been having braxton hicks so often that now my stomach muscles are starting to get sore, my 4 year old will even get my water bottle automatically when they start to happen, its pretty cute. but i didnt have them this early when i was pregnant with her either.

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2010

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expecting #4 as well and i've been getting braxton hicks on and off for the past week. yesterday was horrible as i had them all day and day and heartburn as well. made for a very bad day at work as i am on my feet all day. I've never had them this early either.

British - posted on 05/08/2010

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im 25 weeks...my baby girl is due Aug 21st and im not sure if i have had them yet

Nicole - posted on 05/07/2010

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heyy am 26 weeks and with my first but not to sure wat braxton hicks feel like so cld any 1 describe for me

Amanda - posted on 05/07/2010

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Yes i have had that too with this one. Im on my second child. He is due on the 13th of august. My doctor told me to take it easy. But some moms have this happen. As long as they arent 3 minutes apart you are fine. But to drink lots of water and to immediatley sit or lie down for the rest of the day. To play relaxing music talk to the baby, read a book, whatever makes you relax, and stay off your feet for long periods of time. He also said this usually occurs when you start to get dehydrated. So make sure you drink plenty of water and juice.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2010

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I had a few of them too...I tend to get mine in the morning just before I get out of bed...I was also told that this is normal and its really nothing to worry about.

Katherine - posted on 04/09/2010

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tthanx everyone for the advice i called the my midwife to ask her about getting braxton hicks at 21 weeks and you were all right there is nothing to worry about so long as i rest when i get them they will go away if they dont and they get painfull or regular then i should go to the hospital but they assured me this is quite normal it was just a little weird becuase i was quite active with me other 3 pregnancies and this never happened

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I'm due the 15th and have had some contractions here and there. This is baby #4 for me as well and I don't remember getting them this early on before. My sister is pregnant with her 5th and she reminded me that not drinking enough water can cause contractions as well. The other day I wasn't drinking enough and was on my feet A LOT. The contractions were painful but not unbearable. I laid down and drank like 4 glasses of water back to back and the contractions stopped. It worried me a bit at first but baby was still moving well and it hasn't happened since!

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Yea, it is absolutely normal. I'm 18 weeks & I've been getting them. So Braxton Hicks at 21 weeks is nothing to worry about hun! Best of luck :)

Dvora - posted on 04/01/2010

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I am due August 9th and this is my third baby! I wouldn't call mine braxton hicks but I'm def getting cramps when I'm on my feet too much! I asked my doctor about it and she said as long as it's not unbearable pain than you should just elevate your feet and rest for a little. Thats what I do and it usually stops! I've never had cramps like this before either. I would definitely ask your doctor about braxton hicks at 21 weeks though! Your pain could be much different than mine!

Olivia - posted on 05/20/2010

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im 26 weeks and i have been having braxton hicks so often that now my stomach muscles are starting to get sore, my 4 year old will even get my water bottle automatically when they start to happen, its pretty cute. but i didnt have them this early when i was pregnant with her either.

Katherine - posted on 04/09/2010

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tthanx everyone for the advice i called the my midwife to ask her about getting braxton hicks at 21 weeks and you were all right there is nothing to worry about so long as i rest when i get them they will go away if they dont and they get painfull or regular then i should go to the hospital but they assured me this is quite normal it was just a little weird becuase i was quite active with me other 3 pregnancies and this never happened

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Yea, it is absolutely normal. I'm 18 weeks & I've been getting them. So Braxton Hicks at 21 weeks is nothing to worry about hun! Best of luck :)

Dvora - posted on 04/01/2010

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I am due August 9th and this is my third baby! I wouldn't call mine braxton hicks but I'm def getting cramps when I'm on my feet too much! I asked my doctor about it and she said as long as it's not unbearable pain than you should just elevate your feet and rest for a little. Thats what I do and it usually stops! I've never had cramps like this before either. I would definitely ask your doctor about braxton hicks at 21 weeks though! Your pain could be much different than mine!

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