(Closed) For those who had heaps of braxtons hicks, how did you know when it was labor??

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
337 posts
Helper bee

There will be a rhythm to the contractions. Mine were every 5 minutes on the dot. You can’t just change your position or stop whatever activity you are doing to make them go away – they won’t.

They will become progressively more painful. “Sharp” is the word I would use. 

There will be an increase in vaginal discharge. 

Post # 3
7432 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

You should see if they’re timeable.

Post # 4
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I had a LOT of contractions throughout pregnancy, which necessitated multiple hospital trips because they were regular, timeable, etc. I was concerned about exactly what you’re saying! It was very, very easy for me to distinguish though–real labor was more painful than I could ever have imagined!! 😆

Post # 5
3009 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

sugarcloud :  Since you’ve been in labor before I think you’ll definitely be able to tell. I had SO MANY Braxton Hicks the whole time I was pregnant (starting at, like 15 weeks or maybe even earlier!). I was worried I wouldn’t be able to tell, either. Towards the end I could even time them and they would come very regularly, but htne always slow down or stop if I sat down, drank water, etc. There was basically no doubt (except my own denial haha) when I was actually in labor. I had spotting/light bleeding, lost my mucous plug, and the contractions got painful, although still not super regular. By the time we drove the 45 mins to the birth center I was breathing through them and needed to pace around during the contractions. When the midwife checked I was 4-5 cm dilated-definitely in labor. I was so worried about being sent home but nope. Best of luck to you!

Post # 9
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

sugarcloud :  Thanks for posting an update and congratulations!!! That’s so exciting and what an awesomely short labor!

This is my first and I’ve gotten a few BH contractions now (32 weeks). They aren’t “painful” but they are uncomfortable and I am a little worried I’ll just think actual contractions are BH and have my baby in a bathtub or on the floor of a restaurant or something. Sounds like I’ll know when it’s the real deal!!

Congrats again!!!!

Post # 11
2108 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

sugarcloud :  Congrats!!! Your thread was really helpful for me to read as well as I’m a FTM and I worry needlessly about things, but tend to get a lot of braxton hicks lately. 

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