Post # 1
I know we are not doctors and I know I should call my OB (I have, but haven’t spoken with her, yet)…
But, how many Braxton Hicks contractions are too many?
I am 27 weeks, 4 days and for the past week plus have been having them every day, more frequently at night. I started paying closer attention to their frequency the past few days, and I have them multiple times an hour in the evening…even up to 4x an hour (even when lying down or resting). They are not painful at all – it’s just that my stomach/uterus clenches and gets hard for about 10-20 seconds then relesaes.
Post # 3
That’s more than I had but I know folks who had A LOT. My only tip is to stay hydrated (since you’re already resting). I imagine your OB will be more helpful. 🙂
Post # 4
yeah my OB said that being dehydrated can increase the frequency of cramps and contractions
Post # 5
I had that with my last pregnancy. It sounds perfectly normal to me- but of course you should consult your doctor.
Post # 6
I’m hoping she says it’s fine as I don’t really feel like having an internal exam today!
I am generally VERY hydrated (my pee is always clear). I was sick earlier this week and know I’ve been down on my fluids so hoping that is the cause of the increase in frequency. A little freaky though.
Post # 7
I’m 26 weeks + 6 and I have been having them at night / in the morning for the last weekish. Usually just one or 2 in each. I was freaked out because I thought these ususally came in later pregnancy but have done some reading and it is perfectly normal. I read that if you get 4 or more in one hour you should go to the hospital. I have an appointment tomorrow and plan to ask my doctor what her limit is.
Let me know what your dr says 🙂
Post # 8
I’ve been having a ton of them too. Mine generally last about a minute, and I often get them 2-3 times per hour, although occassionally I’ve experienced 4 in an hour. Sometimes they’re pretty uncomfortable b/c my stomach clenches so tight that they take my breath away. I’ve been contemplating calling my doctor, but I haven’t yet. I read that 5 or more in an hour is when you should call your doctor. Also, real labor contractions will become stronger and more frequent with time.
Post # 9
The preterm labor section in my multiples book says:
-less than 4 in an hour = ok
-4 or 5 in an hour with no other preterm labor symptoms = drink lots of water and be wary of activities that might be triggering contractions
-6 or more in an hour = call dr immediately, be prepared to go to L&D if need be
Not sure if these are the same guidelines as a singleton pregnancy, but sounds like you’re in the OK to dehydrated range, esp with being sick. Hope the doc calls you back soon 🙂
Post # 10
I just s/w my OB’s nurse and here’s what she said:
1. the GI issues I had earlier this week are likely causing increased BH contractions (both because of stomach/uterine irritability and getting behind on fluids).
2. the area that I’m having BH (upper uterus/belly button area) is normal for where I am in pregnancy.
3. if I feel them 4x or more an hour (ie, every 15 mins) and they do not resolve with rest/drinking 2 full glasses of water, then call my OB.
4. if I have gush of clear fluid or any bloody mucus, call ASAP.
She just said for me to monitor and to call if #3 happens. She seemed to think what is happening is pretty normal given my stage in pregnancy and my GI issues this week.
Thanks : )
Post # 11
Haha, oops, many of you know I’m also winniewolf (pregnancy related privacy!) but oh well : )
Post # 12
@Erindesmar: Oh good to know! Mine also tend to be higher up on my belly, although I have occassionally had lower ones just recently.
Post # 13
wow i am 30 weeks and dont know if i have even had one braxton contraction yet!!!!
Post # 14
Everyone has Braxton Hicks contractions from the earliest stages of pregnancy, but most don’t feel them until the very end, if at all. I never noticed them with DD until I was 37 weeks and my doctor pointed it out to me, lol. I just didn’t know what it was before that! With this pregnancy, I know what they feel like now, and I’m having them constantly, like 10 an hour sometimes. Since they’re not painful, though, my doctor said not to worry about it. It’s just one of the joys of a second pregnancy. 🙂
Post # 15
@MissDareDevil: I have maybe felt one…..maybe. I’m wondering if not feeling the BH means I won’t feel as much pain in labour? Maybe we’re not as sensitive?
Post # 16
My doctor told me anything more than 4 was when they would want me to go in and get checked.
I’m glad they were able to clear it up for you, and I hope you are finding some relief!