Braxton Hicks causing throat tightness How did yours feel?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never heard of feeling BH in the areas you are describing. Definitely something to being up at the doctor, especially since you’re also having them quite often.

I’m also due in September, and there are a few weeks that I would have BH numerous times a day. Things have lightened up now, but when I get them, they’re still pretty low. Even in birth, from what I remember, the pain and pressure was low (of course all women experience things differently!)

Perhaps it has to do with how the baby is positioned? Blocking a major vein/artery? I can’t see why else you’d be feeling pressure in your throat..that’s kind of concerning.

Please let us know what the doctor says!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another thought, have you had any heartburn or reflux with the pregnancy? Maybe the contractions are putting additional pressure on your digestive tract and aggrivating that? I have had reflux in this pregnancy and have felt tighness in my throat from that.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I haven’t heard of what you are describing, but I can almost guarantee you when you’re in labor, you won’t notice anything else other than the task at hand. Or at least I did, and I was med-free until 8cm where I got nubane (or however it is spelled). I really only felt tightening in my stomach where the contractions are. If they were anywhere else I totally didn’t pay attention.

Good thing you have an appointment tomorrow. I would think what you’re experiencing is heartburn, but its best to ask your doctor. If you are having heartburn I suggest applesauce, as crazy as it sounds! I would get the squeeze packs, and I swear it helped either take it away or at least dull the burning.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

BellaDee:  Are you sure its not just anxiety from the tightness in your abdomen or perhaps baby pressing on a nerve? I actually had a really bad experience in my pregnancy where I thought I was going to die. I had to pull my car over and unbuckle becuase it was like a huge bubble in my chest and throat. It was awful and hard to explain. They told me more than likely the baby was pressing on a nerve. Plus mixed with my anixety it made me feel other sensations.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I’ve been having Braxton Hicks’s but if I get 2-3 in a 24 hour period that’s a lot for me at 36 weeks. I do not have tightness in my throat when I get them. Depending on where your baby is, could s/he be on a main nerve? I know my baby is up in my ribs with his/her feet right now and that’s increased my indigestion and I can’t eat as much anymore… but that’s not quite what you are describing.

This is going to sound weird but have you changed your diet at all? I’m just thinking throat tightness possibly some sort of food allergy you are developing? I know long-shot but that’s all I could think of. Definitely let your doctor know about all of this. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Unhelpful post because I haven’t had / heard of what you’re describing, but good luck at the doctor’s tomorrow and let us know what they say. Also, have fun with the glucose drink :). 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

BellaDee:  I never have tightness in my throat but I do have BH a LOT. I’m almost 34 weeks and mine started early (18 weeks or even earlier!), I’m not sure exactly when because I didn’t know they were BH at first! So yesterday I probably had a hundred BH, seriously. Mine don’t immeidiately stop with a position change or drinking water either, but they do diminish considerably when I sit or lay down. I had so many yesterday, I think, because I went on a long hike and sipped lots of water (exercise and having to pee mean lots of BH, for me). I’ve asked my midwife about it- like am I having too many- but she said it’s ok. Good luck at your glucose test! 

ETA: Also, ugh, I hate that laying on your back feeling- I was at the dentist for a cleaning and they tipped me way back in the chair. I started to feel really weird and shitty and had to ask the hygienist to raise me back up. It sucked. Anyways, you might want to try to NOT lay down (especially on your back) for as much of your labor as possible (until you get the epi) to avoid that feeling….just an idea?

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