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JAMEELEIGH
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4/17/06 2:43 P

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ok, i could be crazy and experiencing something COMPLETELY different. but what im feeling is like every couple of days like when i come home from work and relax on the couch my stomach will start to tighten and liek get hard as if the baby is pushing up against my skin as HARD as he can, but its the whole way across and i can totally tell its not the baby. then it will go away, then come rigth back. might last for an hour, might last for 1o minutes, it is always different.
but they dont hurt at all! you can juts tell my stomach is getting tighter and its not like uncomfortable, just noticeable so i end up making myself uncomfortable.
are those bh contractions? or what? they are not painful, i have no bleeding, no back pain, no nothing, just a hard stomach for like 15-30 seconds. and its not like a hard LOWER stomach, its like up by my belly button, (but still covering a good amount of my belly area)
this is my first baby so i have NO idea what to expect.
im so sorry if this makes no sense. i have a doctors appointment on wednesday, so hopefully i will get a chance to ask, but i never feel like i like need to go to the hospital or anything like that.


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4/17/06 2:32 P

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I am having a hard time trying to feel if what I am feeling is a BH....can someone try to explain what your feeling? I am pretty sure its what I am feeling,...but again this is my first preg. so I am not for sure!

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4/17/06 10:31 A

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I am 33 weeks and I've been having constant BH too! The other night I was actually a bit scared (even though this is my fourth baby) because they were regular and painful. When I called L&D they told me to try drinking lots of water and relaxing for two hours or so and to come in if they continue. After drinking 4 tall glasses of water and getting off my feet, I felt much better.


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LADYBUG2005
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4/17/06 1:32 A

 
 
I'm so glad I found this post!!!!!! I have been so worried!!!! It seems after reading everyone’s post that what I've been going through is normal for some women.

I started having cramping yesterday morning. My contractions started later in the evening around 6PM. I timed them and they ended up being only 3 minutes apart and getting stronger. I ended up in L & D by 7PM. I was given a shot of trebutaline, an IV and a monitor. They also gave me the swab test which I haven't gotten the results back on yet? I thought everything was back to normal until 6PM this evening when the contractions started back up again. I guess the trebutaline wore off? They stopped after lots of water and bed rest. I’m now stuck with what feels like a permanent Braxton!!!! It's so annoying. My belly feels so tight I can hardly get around. I've just been so worried about my DD. I just pray she’s OK with all the action in there!!!

Good luck to everyone!


Edited by: LADYBUG2005 at: 4/17/2006 (01:33)

AMRIKA
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4/17/06 12:29 A

 
 
Thumborg - thanks for the update! Glad things are looking pretty good, I hope they continue to go well.

I had my appt. on Thur., no change in dilation or anything, but in the past 5 weeks my fundal height has only grown 2 centimeters instead of 5, so I'm going in for an ultrasound on Tuesday to check things out. Luckily I'm not too scared, because my baby is an active little guy, and I feel him moving all the time, so that's reassuring to me that he's okay, so mostly I'm just excited to get to see him again! My BH have slowed down a little the past couple days, which is good, still having them pretty regularly, but not quite as much as before.

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4/15/06 12:59 A

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Well, I had my checkup today. My cervix is anterior and very soft and is effacing. She said there was no "major" change in dilation, but I need to keep an eye on it. She said that if I start having more than 5 or 6 hours of BH that are 5-10 minutes apart, come in to be checked. She told me that it appears it is just the way my body likes to have babies, but not to take it too lightly. Anyway, I have another appt in two weeks and am still having regular BH. I guess time will tell with this little one. Thanks for all the input, advice, and support. I'll keep you all updated!


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4/14/06 11:24 A

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Thumborg- just because that is what happened with your first daughter, does not mean it is normal. My doc has been shoving this through my thick skull for weeks. If you are still having steady BH, go to the ER and have them check you out. I also live in a tiny town, and if your hospital is anything like mine, they get tons of false labor stuff and are used to it. They are not mean about it. I went in 2 weeks ago because of what I thought were very painful BH. Turns out it was gas! I thought, "this is my 2nd kid, I should know better!" But they said the iron supplements I am taking could cause cramping that is similar to labor pains. The ER doc also told me to cut it down to half a pill instead of a whole and to get more calcium so my body would absorb the iron better.


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THUMBORG
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4/14/06 1:16 A

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Unfortunately, my Dr. is out of town until Friday and no one else can get me in. (I live in a tiny, tiny town.) I did this with DD also. I had blood-tinged mucous for five weeks before delivering her. I guess my body is just strange, but I am anxious to get to the Dr. My appt is first thing in the AM and I will update you all. Hope the rest of you are doing well.


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OHIOJENNIFER06
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4/13/06 8:29 A

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I seem to be getting the Braxton Hicks all the time myself and at times they hurt so bad I end up crying cause they seem strong... I've learned to cope with them since I've been checked and my cervix hasn't changed any.Here in the last few days they've been really strong and I plan on going in to make sure my cervix hasn't thinned.. I'll be 32 weeks on Saturday and I wished the 17th would hurry up and get here. Good luck....

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4/13/06 4:45 A

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Hi Thumborg --

Maybe you should call in the a.m. to play it safe. If you are having 'blood-tinged mucous' with your contractions that doesnt sound right to me.... Let us know what happens.


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THUMBORG
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4/13/06 1:47 A

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Well, my BH are starting in big time. I have been having them every 4-8 minutes for several hours at a time, then just 2 or 3 an hour for several hours, and then back to lots of them again. I go in for a check up on Friday and am anxious for her to check me. Today I had some blood-tinged mucous. Probably nothing, but has me worried anyway. Hope the rest of you are doing well and still cooking.


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DD #4 Maggie (08/02/10) born at 36wk 1d (5lb 9oz)

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4/12/06 4:54 A

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OK I had a doctors appt. today and she said everything is looking GREAT!! Right on schedule. She was explaining that some women just have more contractions than others and as long as I am taking the proper precautions to avoid labor, I ok. So, keep to the doctors orders and hopefully we will all have well baked bundels.


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CJRENN
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4/11/06 4:10 P

 
 
I started having contractions w/DD at 31 weeks, but it wasn't the contractions that I went it for - it was this sort of grinding pressure that I felt like was on my cervix. When I first went in they told me it was BH, but w/in 24 hrs I started effacing. So I ended up on bedrest for 3.5 weeks w/oral trebutaline for the contractions and told to drink LOTS of water. I don't knonw why they didn't do that test to see the chances of labor w/in a 2-week window - I guess b/c I was still too early so even in 2-weeks she still would've only been 33-34 weeks. Anyway, I was taken off bedrest at about 37 weeks and w/in like 3 days my water broke and she arrived! My labor was pretty standard - 12 hours from water breaking to delivery and I was only 1 cm. So I don't know, I was really worried but at the same time when I was having contractions they didn't necessarily feel like they were making me dialate. This time I'm having them a lot but so far I'm not too worried...

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4/11/06 3:22 P

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Hi Amrika --

yes my doctor said the same thing.... more than 5 in an hour with pain go to L&D. So, at least we are all being given the same info.

To be honest... you really get used to the bedrest. I just have to find things to do that occupy my brain. Sitting and watching tv all day drives me nuts. I am usually on the computer, paying bills, calling this place and that place. I find by the time I eat lunch and get all my 'busy' work done its 5pm... time when dh comes home. He does a great job of keeping me entertained. I keep counting my blessings as I know it could be much worse!!

65 more days..... thats if I carry to term. Otherwise its much less than that... 37 days. Doctor said I have to wait until at least the 36th week.

Just keep your feet up and enjoy the time we have now until our little bundles arrive.

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AMRIKA
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4/11/06 2:31 P

 
 
Thanks guys for your experiences and advice! I really appreciate it. I've never met anyone in real life who has had a similar experience, so I'm really glad to find people who can relate :).

Thumsborg - That is so encouraging about your short labor and already being 5 centimeters dialated!

Ezsmama - Wow, I'm really sorry about the very long time on bedrest!! That has got to be very very not fun. I'm supposed to be on some type of modified rest, basically just no sex, walking, exerting myself, etc. and even just that feels like no fun to me. Have you found things to help you pass the time and such?

Gettingfat - I think a few BH's through out the day are very normal, my doctor said don't start to worry unless you get 6 or more in an hour, and drinking water and resting for the next couple hours doesn't stop them. And now, since they checked me and know these contractions aren't putting me into labor immediatly, they told me don't worry unless I get 6 or more in an hour that hurt. But I would check with your dr, because I know they are all different.

MYANDULKA
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4/11/06 10:02 A

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It is tough to know... they say BH contractions are normal.. so what is normal.. and when to start worrying.

I too am at 33 weeks.. and have BH's pretty well a coupl eof times a day. Very mild.. just a very mild tightening.. usually when I am out for my walks.. no pain..and they are pretty short.

I figured this was pretty normal. Or should I be worried at all???

I do have a doc appointment on Thursday.... so hopefully will get some reassurnace then!!


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THUMBORG
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4/11/06 2:15 A

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With my DD, I had BH like regular labor contractions from about 31 or 32 weeks on... they were like you describe. Nonstop, usually 3-5 minutes apart, 24 hours a day. It was a pain in the butt. I was constantly on edge thinking she was coming any day. My midwife put me on bedrest from 33 to 36 weeks because I started dilating. The good news after that many weeks of stress and worry... I was 5 cm dilated before I went into labor. Actually, I finally had her break my water because I was so miserable (they kept me awake at night for weeks plus they got more and more uncomfortable). Anyways, after she broke my water, I had a 3.5 hour labor and my sweet baby girl was born.

So, although I did have her literally on her due date and I had several uncomfortable weeks, I was dilated and labor was short... but very, very intense. I got so used to those BH contractions that the real ones caught me totally by surprise! Good luck and take care. Keep your Dr. up to date and don't hesitate to have them do a cervical exam if things start feeling different. I started having bleeding off and on from 37-40 weeks.


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DD #4 Maggie (08/02/10) born at 36wk 1d (5lb 9oz)

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AMRIKA
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4/10/06 5:05 P

 
 
I have a question... I tried to find another thread on this, because I'm guessing it's already been asked, but I couldn't find one, so here goes. This is my first baby, I'm 33 weeks, and for the past 2 weeks I've had braxton hicks literally all the time. Like every 2-10 minutes, non-stop, 24 hours a day.

I went into the hospital when it was first happening, but my cervix is completely closed, my FFC (? I think that's what it was called, it was FF something) was negative, and I'm not dialating at all. While I was at the hospital on the monitors they were 1-6 minutes apart for the whole 4 hours I was there. So they gave me 2 shots of Brethine, and they stopped, but 48 hours later they started right back up. But the nurses told me unless they start getting painful, don't come back, because it looks like my body just loves practicing.

So my question is, for any other moms out there who had this many braxton hicks contractions on your first baby, did they seem to do anything at all? Did you have your baby at all early, or was your labor short?? I guess they are driving me crazy, and I just want to believe some good will come of all this!! I don't want him here now, but a couple weeks early would sure be nice :).

Thanks in advance!


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