Braxton Hicks Contractions........ When is too soon?

Lacye - posted on 10/12/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




I'm 24 weeks pregnant with my second child and I was wondering when is too early to have Braxton Hicks contractions. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started having them at around 34 weeks. Lately (like in the past couple weeks), I have been having some pretty bad cramps that feel like the same thing as when I was pregnant before. I know every pregnancy is different but it still worries me a little. I have an appointment with my midwife next week and I plan on talking to her about it but I guess I'm just looking for a little reassurance before we go in.


~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/12/2012




Hey Lacye! Sometimes BH are caused by dehydration, or lack of vitamins. Even if you think you are drinking plenty of water, drink an extra glass or 2 per day (assuming that you are drinking 8). Also what I found out from my midwife and doctor my last pregnancy, prenatal vitamins do not have a full daily recommended serving for pregnant women. Stupid right? So ask if you can have a calcium suppliment like caltrate added to your vitamins, and eat an extra banana a day for the potassium. All this is standard for the correct amount of fluids, calcium and potassium. This should help, if not with the BH it will reduce swelling and cramping in the months to come. I found out the hard and painful way :- /

Elfrieda - posted on 10/12/2012




I'm in my second pregnancy, and I've been shocked at the BH contractions. They started at about 20 weeks in this pregnancy, and they're uncomfortable. Like, almost painful. With my first pregnancy, I didn't even notice them, I actually asked the midwives about it because I was concerned about not having something that everybody else talks about. Turns out first-timers often don't feel them, but it all hurts more during the second pregnancy.

My midwife said that because our stomach muscles and uterus is all stretched out from the previous time, we have more aches and pains during pregnancy the second and third time around, but labour and delivery is easier, so it all balances out.

Denikka - posted on 10/12/2012




I had Braxton Hicks from about 22-24 weeks on through both my pregnancies. And they were fairly frequent, and daily. With my first pregnancy, I actually thought they were just baby moving around. It wasn't until they happened at an appointment with my midwife around 34-35 weeks that I was told they were actually Braxton hicks.

I was told that they were no big deal, everything else was fine. Definitely get them checked out though. Better safe than sorry :)

Dove - posted on 10/12/2012




If it's not often... it's fine (of course check with the doc though). If they are frequent (like 4+ in an hour) call sooner.


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