First time moms – contractions at 35 weeks, when did you deliver?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

It’s very common to have braxton hicks throughout your pregnancy and the monitor can’t tell the difference between those or active contractions.

I got checked all the time towards the end of my pregnancy because I have serious medical anxiety and constantly thought labor was starting.

Despite the contractions that were both painful and non painful, my labor didn’t start until three days before my due date haha

Sometimes upping your water intake can help with the braxton hicks but since you didn’t feel the ones you had, I’m thinking it’s no big deal and you should be fine 🙂

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had braxton hicks the entire second and third trimester…I only ended up delivering a few days early. I was sure I was going to have preterm labor but thankfully never did!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

I also wanted to add that I slipped and fell at 35 weeks and felt awful two days later (achy and crampy with pelvic pain) so  dr told me to come in. The stomach cramps that I was having were actually contractions.

They gave me medicine to stop them because the short and very close together small contractions could start early labor.

It would have been different if they were spaced out, like yours were.

I’m hoping this helps put you at ease, I know I was constantly worried towards the end 🙁

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I had contractions from 28 weeks and had medicine to stop them multiple times. Still didn’t go into labor until I was induced at 39 weeks. As PPs have said, very common to have BH contractions at this point and without a cervix check, there’s no way to know if they are “real” (causing cervical changes) or just Braxton hicks. I was told to go to the hospital if i had more than 5-6 in an hour or they became painful and regular, although they stop intervening by 36-37 weeks anyway. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

giaf1 :  

It could be. Was your dr concerned at all?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

Because I’m a worrier, my Dr’s kept saying “if I’m not worried, you shouldn’t be worried” and I found that that helped to settle my nerves 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

giaf1 :  If you didn’t feel them they were likely Braxton Hicks contractions. BHs do not cause dilation. I started having BH in the first trimester with my first pregnancy and delivered at 39 weeks. When you start having contractions that signal labor is approaching you will feel them.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had twice weekly NSTs for 7 weeks and often had contractions during them but was induced at 39 weeks. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had Braxton hicks for the last 6 weeks before my due date and I ended up delivering at 38.5 weeks- so everything turned out fine.

*edited to add this was my 3rd baby. I went full term with the first two despite contractions also.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had BH contractions for weeks and mine were painful. I also had horrible hip pain and could hardly walk for weeks. I was induced at 39w. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had irritable uterus and was contracting constantly from 31w on. I did have cervical dilation though. Ended up delivering at 38w.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

You had an NST (fetal non stress test) where they monitor the fetal heart rate while you have contractions. They can’t do the test if you don’t have contractions:) These braxon hicks contractions are expected and totally normal and not indicative of when you’ll go into labour. I had fairly frequent noticable BH all the way from 35w to 41w.

Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)

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