Post # 1
I’m 36 weeks and had about two hours of consistent BH with menstrual like cramps last night. Most weren’t bad, and I was up and walking around, talking…but there were two that I just had to sit and breathe through. I went to bed thinking that maybe things would progress…but this morning I’m back to normal!
What were your BH like before you delivered? Did they pick up, or did labor come out of nowhere? I’m so curious to know when this LO will get here and whether these are any indication of impending labor!
Post # 3
Ooops…Moved this to the babies board!!
Post # 4
Is this baby #1?
Braxton-Hicks can start and stop and it really doesn’t indicate that labour is around the corner. Given that you could continue your regular life/behaviour, it sounds like they were pretty mild in comparison to true labour contractions (with the exception of those few you had).
BH really help to get things ready for active labour so it’s a good sign that your body is starting to prepare but most likely it will still be a few weeks.
As far as the progression of BH–>early labour–>active labour, it’s highly variable and a bit different for every woman. BH usually start and stop, are irregular in their timing, mild, and can be long (ie. the tightening can last 1-2 mins or more). Early labour usually starts like mild rhythmic cramping low down and over time gets more regular, more frequent and stronger so that it’s contractions not cramps. Generally speaking, if you can distract yourself, focus on something else, talk through them, the contractions aren’t quite strong enough to be active labour (although this isn’t always the case so if you ever think you’re in labour, please call your care provider).