braxton hicks contractions...already??

Amber - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




im 20 weeks today. yesterday i felt what i thought was the baby rolling over, but when i described it to my mom she said it sounded more like contractions. this happened yesterday and i've been very crampy today. i have a checkup in 2 days so i'll ask about it then. is anyone else having this yet?


Danielle - posted on 11/19/2009




I swear there are times my belly feels really tight like I'm having a mild (or braxton hicks) contraction, but I feel like its WAY too soon to be having them. I got them a lot in my 3rd trimester with my daughter but I realized then that I was having them during the later part of my 2nd trimester too but didn't know what it was (since it was my first, I didn't know what they felt like until I read up on it at the end of my pregnancy and realized I had been having BH contractions all that time). But I am not worried about it if I am having them already, so long as they aren't causing any pain. Maybe that just means I won't be so late this time around!! (my daughter was born at 41 weeks, after having to be induced!)


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Diana - posted on 11/20/2009




I had some wit this one around 11 weeks and when I talked to my Dr she said it was normal. I had them a lot with my first but it started around 26 weeks. And just like your DR said drink water and just relax is what I was told to do.

Amber - posted on 11/20/2009




i asked my doc about it on wednesday and she said you have contractions even in the first trimester, they're usually just too small to feel. she said if i have any more, drink lots of water and relax and they should subside.

Lindsay - posted on 11/18/2009




I've been having BH contractions since I was 12 weeks...yep...12 weeks)had them with my daughter at 15 weeks)...I am high-risk for pre-term labor, so I have been logging them since thenI write the time of every contraction each day). My OB said not to be concerned unless I have more than 4 an hour...if I do...then I am to drink a bunch of water and then lie on my left side with my hips elevated (the hips elevated is due to a possible incompetent cervix-it takes some pressure off). If they do not go away or dramatically lessen within in hour I am to call him and go to L&D (or if they get worse). I wouldn't be concerned if it's just contractions, but if you have any other symptoms along with them then call your OB as soon as possible.

Being that I am posting this 2 days after you...what did your OB say at your appt?

Kelly - posted on 11/17/2009




It is nornal to have them throughout your pregnancy. You tend to feel them earlier with your second pregnancy then you did the first time around. It should just feel like a tightening without pain. If they feel crampy you are probably dehydrated so drink some water and they should go away. Like others have said, you should only worry if there are more than 4/hour and they don't go away with a change in activity. I didn't feel BH contractions with my daughter until I was in my 3rd trimester (or maybe I just didn't recognize them for what they were). With this pregnancy I started feeling them at around 17 weeks. Hope this is reassuring for you.

Cheryl - posted on 11/17/2009




I've been experiencing this too. I had a lot of braxton hicks contractions when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I was sure it started a bit later then this. I also feel it's a little early and have been also trying to decide if it's really contractions, or the baby doing summer saults. I don't see my doctor until the 3rd of Dec. but I do recall them telling me in my last pregnancy what Melania mentioned. As long as they're not 4 in an hour, and they go away if you stop what you're doing, put your feet up and relax for a bit. Also, drinking lots of fluids should help too.

Melaina - posted on 11/17/2009




I don't know if that's what you're having or not, but it is normal to start getting braxton hicks as early as 4 months. If they're happening too often (more than 4 per hour I think), or you start getting really painful cramping, you'd want to get it checked out.

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