Post # 1
I’m 25w2d today, and I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions since about 21w, but they seem a lot more frequent lately. Probably 6-8 times a day I get them, and occasionally they wake me up at night. Is this normal? I have an appointment with my midwife in a week, and I don’t want to bother her if it’s normal, but I don’t want to go into early labour either.
Post # 3
That’s the best part about doctors–you’re not bothering them when you have a totally legitimate medical question! And this seems like something you should probably ask her about!
Post # 4
It can be normal, but I would check with your doc to be on the safe side. I also had a lot of braxton hicks from around weeks 24-26, and now I’m 37 weeks and havent had them since- go figure!
Post # 5
I had them a lot for like 2 or so weeks straight and went in to the er to get checked out and I was not dilated or ready (too early too). It is normal I guess but I kinda freaked out… they were at first just uncomfortable then got to be just a little tiny biy painful. I have not had any recently or I should say I rarely get them anymore.
Post # 6
I had them constantly (at least 2 an hour) during my third trimester. My OB said that was fine, but you have to go to the hospital if you have more than 5 in one hour because it could be preterm labor. I had to go to the hospital once and it turned out to be nothing.
Post # 7
I had a ton of them, especially near the end. I asked my OB about it and he said as long as your cervix isn’t changing with them, there is no “max allowable”. If you do get them very frequently (and I mean 5-10 in an hour) since you’re still pretty early in your pregnancy, then go get checked to make sure you aren’t dilating but 6-8 a day is nothing to be concerned about.
Have you tried drinking more water? Being slightly dehydrated or exhausted in any way it can cause braxton hicks. When in doubt, give the midwife a call. Always better to not have worry in the back of your mind over something that could be resolved by a quick phone call!
Post # 8
Most of us aren’t doctors here, but I can relay what my doctors and midwives have told me. 6-8 spread throughout the day without anything else worrying you is normal. i have been having those since 1/2 way through my pregnancy. the rule of thumb they gave me is no more than 4-6/hour consistently. if it starts to reach that number, drink water and lie down on your side for a bit. if that doesn’t stop it, then call in. these were the instructions i was given.
at 36 weeks, i have a lot during a single day. on the days when i feel them most, i probably have 15+ in a day, though i don’t count them.
Post # 9
@bunnymama: Typically, the “danger zone” for worrying about preterm labour is about 6 contractions per hour. 6-8 Braxton Hicks a day (or even lots more) is totally normal. It can be hard to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and “regular” contractions…..although BH are often said to be painless, they aren’t always. They can be frequent and even last a really long time (a few mins) but aren’t as strong (and painful) as labour contractions. (USUALLY)
I usually say that if a woman has a sudden change in pressure feelings (pressure in the vagina or bum) or if she’s having uncomfortable/painful contractions that don’t slow down or stop after a warm bath and rest, she should call me.
Being a midwife myself, I’d tell you to call your midwife if you have concerns or questions. If you think it’s not urgent, call her office….but if at any time you’re worried you should contact her via her paging service. I know several of the London RMs and they’d want to know if you’re worried. 😉
Post # 10
@bunnymama: I’ve been having them a lot too, don’t know how much is too much. I think I read if you have more than 4 per hour.
Post # 11
Thanks for the replies, everyone. I feel much better hearing all of your experiences.
I’m not in the “danger zone” that PPs mentioned of having 6/hour or more, so I’m going to wait and talk to my midwife when I see her next week,