How many BH are too many?

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Registered: 05-11-2010
How many BH are too many?
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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 3:54pm

(X-posted from my EC)

So last week while I was on vacation, I started to notice myself having kind of a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions--sometimes several in an hour. (I was sick and coughing a lot and probably dehydrated, so that might be part of it).

Today I decided to use www.contractionmaster.com to time them to see exactly how often they were happening. Between 2:00 and 3:30 I had 11 contractions, ranged from 5-10 mins apart, lasting from 30 secs to a min and a half.

I'm certain this isn't real labor because they are very minor--not painful, just tightening--sometimes it is even hard to tell when they start and stop--and they aren't increasing in duration or intensity, but it still seems like kind of a lot of contractions for only being 33 weeks pregnant!

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 4:09pm
I never felt my BH contractions, but that sounds like a lot. Maybe give your MW a call to see what she thinks, just to be on the safe side.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 4:29pm

I might call my midwife it could be something as simple as nothing, I had prodromal labor with both of mine for 4 or so weeks before they were born, maybe longer. Which is slightly stronger then Braxton Hicks, but not real labor yet.

That being said it could also be something like a UTI which would be nice to treat. When I had a UTI with Desmond I never knew it, but it made my prodromal labor a lot more regular, and I really thought I might be going into labor because the contractions started hurting minorly. A UTI can irritate the uterus and cause braxton hicks or contractions.




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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 4:43pm

I don't think there is such thing as too many BHs as long as they are not increasing in pain or frequency. Have you tried taking a warm shower or bath to see if that relaxes things?

If you're concerned though, definitely call your midwife! She may have some ideas for you.








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Tue, 09-28-2010 - 7:29pm

Are you sure they are BH and not real contractions? If they BH you should be able to get them to stop or decrease by changing positions, drinking water, etc.

BH can start 6 weeks pregnant, but most ppl don't feel them until the 2nd half of PG or at all (with Ray I can only remember having them once, this PG I get a few a day).

Most doctors want a call if you have 4 or more BH/contractions an hour and you are less than 37 weeks.

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Registered: 05-11-2010
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 8:17pm

Well, I can't really get them to stop, but they aren't really changing in any "building" way, either. So the ones I've been timing over the last hour have gone from being 5 mins apart, to 9 mins, to 13 mins, back to 9 mins, 2 mins, 5 mins, etc. Sometimes they last for just thirty seconds, sometimes they sort of double or triple peak and the tightening goes on for 2-4 mins . . .

I think I will send my midwife a message but really I don't have the feeling that this is an issue. Like I said, it's possible it's been going on for over a week, this is just the first chance I've had to sit down and really figure out the timing of them.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 11:34pm

I would definitely run it by your MW.



Not to scare you, but when I was 31 weeks PG, I started having contractions that I thought were just BH but turned out to be real. I got sick from something I ate for dinner and had bad diarrhea (sorry TMI) and

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Wed, 09-29-2010 - 3:03pm

Update: I did send a message to my midwife and she said as long as they weren't getting stronger/more frequent, it was probably nothing to worry about, but to call her if I was at all concerned.

I ended up drinking a TON of water (probably like 2 glasses an hour for 4 hours yesterday evening, and then a whole glass every couple hours during the night), and I have had WAY WAY less BH today. I think I was just majorly dehydrated from being sick last week.

As it turns out, James actually flipped over yesterday/last night, too (yay!), so I don't know if the extra movement might have been stimulating them as well. (Or maybe vice/versa?)

Thanks for all your support everyone!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Wed, 09-29-2010 - 3:15pm
So glad you're feeling better today and that James has flipped! It could be all that movement caused the BHs.







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