I am expecting my second child (9weeks left) and i think i am sufferin with braxton hicks but have no idea as never got them with my 1st child. Ne suggestions on how to calm them?? Also does it mean my baby may be early?

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Kim - posted on 03/10/2009

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You probably did have some braxton hicks with the first pregnancy but you just didn't feel them. During the second pregnancy it is more commonly to feel the braxton hicks and to have them more frequently because your body knows exactly what it needs to do for delivery. The best advice for calming them is to drink plenty of water and rest. If you start having more than 6 in an hour you should call your physician because they may want to examine you.

Sadly to say just because your having braxton hicks doesn't mean you will have the baby early. :(

Anna - posted on 03/10/2009

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to make the braxton hicks stop or atleast calm get up and walk around.. You will know true labor pains when you get up and move around and the contractions keep coming and coming no matter what.

Rachel - posted on 03/10/2009

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There isn't anything you can do to calm them, just try to relax, that helped me, it doesn't mean that your baby will be early , it's your body having practice contractions.



Mine lasted for weeks on end and my baby was a week over, hope that helps.

Tiffany - posted on 03/10/2009

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Sometimes it means that you are dehydrated. My doctor told me that caffeine causes the uterus to contract, also. I know with each pregnancy, I had more braxton hicks. Partly due to the fact that I was taking care of other children and didn't have enough time for me ( sleep, drink, getting off my feet). Make sure that you let your doctor know...but, don't worry. Get a tall glass of water, kick back in the recliner, and dream about how cute your little bundle of joy is. :)

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I had them too. Mine were so bad that I actually went to the hospital thinking I was in labor! Turns out my boy was 5 days late. If you are early, then it will probably be because this is your sencond child. They usually have shorter deliveries and pregnancies.

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Stevie - posted on 03/10/2009

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no it doesn mean your baby will come early braxton hicks are nothing but fake contractions that "help" the body get use to labor and not everyone gets them and there not always the same with every person just like pregnancies different every time but i dont think there is much you can do to deal with them just kind of ride them out you can try moving to a different position that could help if your going to use a hot pad or something dont leave it on you for long and congrats with the little time left

Natasha - posted on 03/10/2009

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I also had braxton hicks (very annoying) for the last two weeks of my pregnancy they were so bad i didnt even realise when i was in labour until my waters broke my daughter was born half hour later! i found a warm bath helped but when they were bad it wasnt as useful. i think in most cases it is just a case of grin and bare im sorry to say. good luck i hope the baby comes soon :)

Cara - posted on 03/10/2009

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i had braxton hicks with my son and i found useing a heat pack worked 2 take somepain of but i had them from around 6 months in my pregnancy and i was 4 days late so no it dosnt mean u will come early. braxton hicks feel like contractions just not as painful well thats what i thought anyway. hope i helped

Lottie - posted on 03/10/2009

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good i dont really want the baby early i still got lots to do before he makes his arrival :)



Thanks for everyones advice i am sippin a glass of water now before i turn in for the night.

Leslie - posted on 03/10/2009

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I started getting mine with my boy when I was 6 months along, and he was just a week "early".  What worked for me to ease them up was walking and I would also stretch out a little.  Like if the were on one side I would stretch out that side.  I know some who yoga for pregnancies helped them.

Lottie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Malerie:

I had braxton hicks with my first two pregnancies. My eldest was 14 days late and my second was 8 days late. I dont think its a sign that bubs will come early based on my experience. I was told by my midwife that there was nothing you could do to calm them. Although mine only lasted a minute each time so it wasnt so bad.



mine only seem to come in the evenings and the come and go some last ages and some r short varyin in pain from copable to tearful >< i have found a bath helps a bit but wondered what other tricks there were if any.



 



Thanks for your reply :)

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I had braxton hicks with my first two pregnancies. My eldest was 14 days late and my second was 8 days late. I dont think its a sign that bubs will come early based on my experience. I was told by my midwife that there was nothing you could do to calm them. Although mine only lasted a minute each time so it wasnt so bad.

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