How often do people actually experience braxton hicks?

Shara - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am having braxton hicks or contractions every day. They aren't always timeable, but sometimes there are a few that occur back to back.

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I had them everyday from the time I was six months along. Sometimes they were even a little painful. I would get them multiple times a day if I was on my feet too much or bending over a lot.

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YEP! It happens. I had them start almost right away into my third trimester and they held up until my water broke. Some times there were even three minuets apart for a good hour but then would go down to 10 and then to 20 and then disappear. Then my little one would get the hiccups! It was a never ending thing for me. They say that these contractions are great for your labor.

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Tracey - posted on 02/16/2009

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i didnt get any with my first pregnancy..... but with my second they happened all the time... and some were very strong....it was reassuring in a way... it showed everything was working properly and getting ready for the BIG day..... good luck x

Amy - posted on 02/16/2009

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I actually had them with all 3 of my pregnancies starting when I was 4 months along. They can be quite annoying or scary at times! Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about them. I think mine was about to wring my neck!!!! lol

Angie - posted on 02/16/2009

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I got more during pregnancies #2 and #3. I figured they were making my labor easier since they were getting my body ready. I didn't use an drugs with my deliveries so I was happy to have BH's - LOL

Paula - posted on 02/16/2009

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My Braxton Hicks were constant for the last month of my pregnancy.  My tummy would actually move into tight little ball..you could see it.  It would get as hard as a rock.  Then it would relax for about 30 seconds, then like clock work, every 2-4 minutes it would tighten up again.  My DR. said these were Braxton HIcks which were preparing my body for real labor.  I had no pain what so ever.  I took stress tests to ensure that the baby was not being stressed during these contractions, and she was fine.   I did not find that moving positions, or water or anything lessened the Braxton Hicks.  These were not bothersom to me.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/16/2009

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In addition, we are due Saturday (Feb 21st...6 days yay!!) with our first baby, and I have not experienced one single BH.  I had no idea why until a couple ladies on this thread mentioned drinking a lot of water would help.  My body craves soo much water!  Maybe this is why I have not had any yet? I sometimes drink 9 bottles of water a day (usually 7). When one bottle is gone, I literally have to go open another one and start drinking it. So perhaps drinking a lot of water really does help????

Liana - posted on 02/16/2009

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I'm on my 3rd pregnancy I had them since 28 weeks every day  sometimes 2 or 3 times a day not much you can do about but if they get stronger and don't go away and start getting really close together just get yourself up the hospital or call your midwife.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/16/2009

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I learned in my labour class that Braxton Hicks can be back-to-back and consistent, BUT they are usually : inconsistent, go away when you switch positions, and don't ever get stronger.



Try switching positions or moving around. If the pain goes away, then it's just another Braxton Hicks.



Real contractions don't stop when you change positions. They also get stronger/more painful, and are consistent. (Keep in mind though, sometimes Braxton Hicks can be back-to-back for 30 minutes.)

Kelly - posted on 02/16/2009

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I had them a lot with #2 for some reason (maybe I was dehydrated as Stephanie said, I had never heard that before). But when the real labor started, it started with Braxton Hicks contractions, they just got real regular and gradually started hurting. I had them pretty much that whole day, and by 11:00 or so that night I knew it was the real thing. All my labors and deliveries were completely different. I did have him really fast once I started pushing (only pushed for 10 minutes), so maybe that means if you have a lot of B.H., your uterus (sp?) is going to be real strong and you'll have yours quickly! Best of luck.

Rachael - posted on 02/16/2009

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I'm having Braxton Hicks quite often too - about 4-5 a day. Like you, they aren't timeable, but I also sometimes have them very close back to back. My OB said not to worry unless I have more than four in an hour. Having BH reminds me to make sure I'm resting enough and drinking enough water.

Stephanie - posted on 02/16/2009

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Braxton Hicks can occur quite a lot. I had them all the time with my kids and ended up at the hospital with a few false alarms because they were heavy. But try to remember unless they are timable then they are not to worry about. And if you are having alot of them one trick my ob told me is that you could be alittle dehydrated. Try drinking a full glass of water quickly and then follow it up with several more. They slow down to almost non existant if this is the case once you are pretty hydrated.

Marie - posted on 02/16/2009

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braxton hicks normally occur quite alot in the last couple of months u'll notice your tummy getting tighter then it fading. These are quite painless its like a pratice of what to expect, when the contractions start you will know as it will be stronger with waves of pain. hope this has been of help to you. x

Kerry - posted on 02/16/2009

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The difference between braxton hicks and really contractions are tthat they get stronger together, are consistant and closer together. You are probably having braxton hicks. I remeber wakin up in the middle of the night one time and the braxton hicks contractions were so strong I had to stop0 in my tracks.

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