Braxton Hicks

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Registered: 05-18-2010
Braxton Hicks
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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 2:18pm

Sorry if this tmi but this weekend DH and I had sex and afterwards I had braxton hicks off and on for about 45 min. Then I went to sleep and a couple hours later I woke up and was experiencing them again. They were so annoying. I've never experience them before. I read that semen can cause them. I think next time we DTD I will make DH wear a condom. Anyone else deal with this?

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Registered: 05-18-2010
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 2:09pm

Glad to know someone else experienced the same thing. I think we will go the condom route from now on. Hope that is all that's needed. I will talk to my doctor at my 28 week appointment. Just hope I don't get put on pelvic rest like I did with DD. With her I was spotting though so keeping my fingers crossed.

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Registered: 01-22-2010
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 3:26am

I had BH pretty much every day from round 34 weeks, they would be pretty regular at times lasting around a minute every 4-5 but, as PP said, as long as they aren't painful then they are harmless

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Registered: 06-02-2012
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 9:23pm

I was getting bad braxton hicks, especially after sex! my doctor confirmed the semen causing contractions thing, and when I was 34 weeks put me on a no sex restriction for 2 weeks because I was having them so much, and she didnt want them to open my cervix. (a day before valentines day :/ lol).  She told me she only did that as a precaution as she didnt want baby to come before 36 weeks and I was starting to get menstral like cramps also.  Before that she told me they were completely normal and that If they were too much to handle then to wear condoms or not have sex.  Also, womens orgasms cause braxton hicks too due to some hormone that you release when you have one.    Good luck and hopefully they die down! I havnt had braxton hicks contractions in a couple of weeks now, and I had them pretty much my whole second trimester!

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Registered: 02-23-2006
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 7:57pm

I remember having BH with both kids, but with DS it started super early...like 13-18 week range.  For me, it was just more of a tightening of my abdominal muscles and then relaxation.  It was more annoying than anything, but I think when you are dehydrated it is more likely to happen so drink lots.  DTN makes sense too because you are basically contracting everything if you orgasm.  BH aren't painful though, so just be aware if you start having pain with the tightening or if it is at regular intervals that it could be trouble.

Karri