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#1 Lovingcountry

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

Hey everyone,

I've been having some fairly intense braxton hicks (usually early in the morning when I first wake up).  Not painful but VERY big tightenings.

I am just over 18wks.

I think in my previous pregnancy they started at about 25 -27 weeks (for my 3rd baby), can't remember for my 2nd baby and I think it was much, much later ie at least 35 weeks or so for my first baby.

This is obviously my 4th... is this a bit early?

I'm going to mention it to my doctor next week but thought I'd see if anyone else has had them this early.

#2 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

They started around the same time when I was PG with DD3. Midwifes said it's very common for BH to start early on when you have had a few kids. I guess our bodies know what to do. lol

#3 Rachiee

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

I am 23 weeks with #2 and have been getting quite regular and strong BH for about 3 - 4 weeks now. I think with my 1st I had them from about 20 weeks.



#4 Juju38

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

Mine started at 19 weeks with my first pregnancy.  Went to term, no problems at all.

Haven't had the pleasure yet.  Mine were quite debilitating at times.

#5 BabeBlossom

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:02 PM

First pregnancy they started at 20 weeks, this time 19. Quite a few mums from my DIG are already getting them, I'd say its within normal range.

#6 TarneeW

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

With number 3 I starting getting BH's regularly and quite strong at 14 weeks. I panicked calling my midwife. I was told as long as it wasn't painful all was ok. Someone else suggested I needed to drink more fluid (for reasons I can't remember now).

I'm 16 weeks with number 4 and I think I have had some mild ones just recently, but still questioning it. Nothing like number 3, very strong early on making me nauseous every time.

Still check with your ob if you're concerned though original.gif

#7 Lovingcountry

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

Thank you so much ladies... much reassured!

#8 Lovingcountry

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

Tarnee, I just read that "Dehydration can make muscles spasm, bringing on a contraction, and is thought to be a factor in extended Braxton Hicks contractions. Adequate hydration can alleviate Braxton Hicks contractions.".

It also said that a full bladder can bring them on, which makes sense that they are fairly strong for me in the morning.

It also said that they can start (but not felt) as early as 6 weeks... interesting!

#9 bikingbubs

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

mine started just before 20 weeks with #2 and I still went a week overdue.

#10 TarneeW

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Lovingcountry, that sounds right. I just couldn't remember why lol! I was initially very concerned but got used to it.

It's amazing how each pregnancy can be so different. My first pregnancy I didn't get them until towards my due date (that I noticed anyway). Second, I can't remember and this time only mildy noticing after such early BH with number 3.

Hope you can relax a little more now original.gif

#11 Lovingcountry

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

Thanks Tarnee... Feeling much better now I've talked to you guys!

Yeah, I've found each pregnancy so much different.  This one, I wasn't expecting and it's been 5 years since my last and I can barely remember a thing!!! It's like starting at number one again!

#12 Mamabear2010

Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

I had a braxton hicks contraction at the start of my 12 week scan. I couldn't feel it obviously but you could see it on the ultrasound. I was very surprised and a little converned. The technician said you get them all through the pregnancy, you just won't always feel them.

#13 RachealJane

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:13 AM

Maybe this is what I've been feeling the last 4 days...

Glad it doesn't sound to be abnormal or worrying. Will still mention it to my midwife on Wednesdays appt.




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