Braxton Hicks contractions?

Angie - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




Hi everyone. I'm needing some advice. I'm 20 years old and going through my first pregnancy. I'm 30 weeks along and having what I think is Braxton Hicks contractions. It feels like a slight cramping underneath my baby bump. It's not severe or very painful, just strong enough for me to know that it's there. It usually happens once or twice a day, normally after walking a lot or sexual activity. I went to my doctor and he didn't even mention Braxton Hicks contractions, just went straight to talking about pre-term labor. They ran some type of test on me that came back positive, but they said it could mean nothing, that I'm not going into labor at all. I'm concerned about this. I researched Braxton Hicks and it sounds exactly like what I'm going through, but why didn't the doctor mention it at all? Anyone have any comments on this? Any advice or shared experiences would be helpful. Thanks!


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Jess - posted on 02/08/2010




hi im 35 weeks pregnant and bin having braxton hicks since about 30 weeks ive had the same as what ur describing especially if ive bin quite relaxed and then gone for a walk for example. sometimes they stop me in my tracks for a min or so then go away other times if i have regular ones that come and go like proper contractions i find having a hot bath helps also my midwife suggested a hot water bottle, hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010




3 days before i had my daughter, i had braxton hicks contractions - all three days, i researched it a lot and didnt even go to my doctor about it, lol. but i knew the moment it turned into real labor. i remember reading somewhere that if you have a certain amount of contractions in an hr then youre in labor, otherwise its braxton hicks most likely. web md always helped me out when i wanted to find some info!

Katie - posted on 01/30/2010




I was the same when i was pregnant with my daughter. When i did a lot of walkin or had sexual intercourse, only nearer to the end of my pregnancy tho. They are nothing to worry about. You would know if u was goin into labour. Braxton Hicks are nothing compared to the real thing. Jus try to relax in a warm bath, that always worked 4 me and try n not do a lot of walkin now that ur in the 3rd trimester. Jus relax whilst you can cuz once ur baby is born theres hardly any you time.

Natasha - posted on 01/30/2010




Hey there,

I am pregnant with my first and I am only 22 weeks along. I am getting exactly what you explain but it can happen when I sit too long or do a light exercise like walking or swimming. Braxton hicks can a occur a few times in a hour, a few times a day.

I find to relieve them I do the opposite of what I am doing, So if I have been sitting for a long time I find a light walk helps relieve them, or ling down if I have just done some physical activity.

Unless they become regular and do not go away, painful or you loose the 'show' which is a pink watery discharge then go to the doc/ hospital.

Hope this helps and good luck


Amber - posted on 01/29/2010




With both of my children i had alot of braxton hicks contractions. It's normal and my doctor was telling me your body does this usually as a tightening of muscles, kind of like when you have your period. They will hurt at times, when I was pregnant with my daughter i had them really bad. Taking a warm bath usually helps or using a heating pad, but not directly on your skin.

Shay - posted on 01/28/2010




I had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions when I was pregnant with my Daughter and they felt just like you're describing; a cramping/tightening under my bump/in my pelvis.

If you start to have any other early signs of labour (i.e. lose your mucus plug, have a show etc) or the cramping forms some sort of pattern I'd definately give your Doctor/Hospital a call though.

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