getting braxton hicks at 24 weeks pregnant with twins

Samantha - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my midwife says they r normal but im worried i will go into premature labour has any one else had these worrys

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Brianna - posted on 09/03/2010

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I am currently 31weeks 3 days pregnant with twins and have had BH contractions since I was 20 weeks pregnant. I didn't have them with my singleton pregnancy until much later. My high risk doctor assured me it's common with twin pregnancies because the uterus stretches so much more and so much faster, but said it is extremelly common. I found that just 'taking it easy' helped to get them under control, although walking a lot seems to really get them fired up. Try to take it easy and don't over do it and you should be okay! Good luck to you!

Stacey - posted on 08/16/2010

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my bh contractions started at 18 weeks and never went away. I carried until 33 weeks and 1 day and the only reason they were born then was IUGR (my baby girl's placenta burst as a result and they were born by emergency c-section). BH are totally normal and much more prevelant in a twin pg. As long as they remain randomly spaced (not a normal pattern between contractions) then you are fine. I used to keep a pad and pencil by my side and time them whenever I got nervous. If you do get nervous about them, do not hesitate to call your midwife (that's what she's there for) and remember to lay down on your left side and drink 2-4 glasses of water, slowly, and they should stop.

Jessie - posted on 08/28/2010

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I had boy/girl twins, and had braxton hicks at 25 weeks, there was only the one time that I had them but oh man they sucked, I thought I was going into premature labor. Honeslty the actual labor was alot better than the braxton hicks, or at least for me.

Heather - posted on 08/16/2010

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I had contractions really early on too, and they never went away. They got to be hard contractions three minutes apart by 34 weeks, but they still weren't real labor.. :( They stayed that way for 2 weeks before they finally did my c-section. Even then, they said that they could have stayed in longer, but they were healthy, it was my body that was too worn out to continue :(

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Due to all my bh contractions, I was hospitalized overnight once at 24 weeks and once at 25 weeks. I was on bedrest (and couch rest) from 24-36 weeks. I was induced at 37 weeks.....

My 'call the doctor' instructions were... any more than 6 in an hour for more than 2 hours in a row. Other than that I just waited them out. Keep hydrated.

On a side note: the doctor never believed anyone could have a 4-7 minute contraction til I was hooked up to the monitors for my 'record breaking' 9 minute one!

Crystal - posted on 08/18/2010

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Yeah, I had early contractions with my twins and carried them until 38 weeks. Your uterus is sort of preset to a maximum size that it will grow to before it triggers you to go into labor. Having twins you reach that size earlier than with a single baby and start contracting earlier. Just be careful and watch for signs of actual labor like that the contractions get stronger or you have bloody discharge or your water breaks. Braxton Hicks will usually settle down with rest and drinking a little extra water. Dehydration can bring them on as well as fatigue. Hang in there :)

Jeanette - posted on 08/16/2010

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I felt the same way, I was at 23 weeks and I started my bh. I did keep myself hydrated and that did help with the intensity of the bh. I had the twins at 38 1/2 weeks but that was me telling the doc that I can't carry them any more because I just couldn't do anything like sleep, stand, sit, walk it was long enough. I had to have them c-section only because I only dilated 9 cm and I was in labor for 27 hrs and it was time to get them out. I wish I could of just sucked it up and waited until they were ready to come then maybe I could of had them without the c-section. You will be just fine this is normal.

Lindsea - posted on 08/16/2010

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Oh yes and I forgot to mention that I needed an IV drip to put fluids back in because I was also dehydrated! So I am a firm believer that staying hydrated helps decrease the discomfort from them a bit or make them less often or less intense

Lindsea - posted on 08/16/2010

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Hi Samantha, I totally know how you feel! Its so uncomfortable and definately scary I had braxton hicks for 8 hours straight at 28 weeks that completly mocked a real labor i was convinced my babies were coming so I rushed to the hospital were they check me and measured the contraction said they were actually that intense braxton hicks like that could trigger early labor. So Spent the night in the hospital given something to stop any labor and than sent home with a prescription for no more work!
After all that, I kept those babies in till they took them out a 37 weeks!
Everyones different but its "usually normal" your body is making an effort to prepare itself.
All the best!

Jamie - posted on 08/16/2010

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I started having contraction at 20 weeks. I was a teacher and on my feet all the time. I got put on bed rest and carried to 33 1/2 weeks. Drink lots of water like Stacey said. If you get dehydrated (which is easy to do) the contractions will be more often. Good luck and read up on your contraction section in your books so you know when they are braxton or the real thing;)

Amanda - posted on 08/16/2010

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I started having contractions at 20 weeks I stayed in and out of the hospital but carried them till I was 34 weeks and had to have a emergency c-section because I had Eclampsia and I needed to be delivered.

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