(Closed) How Many Braxton Hicks Too Many?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

yeah my OB said that being dehydrated can increase the frequency of cramps and contractions

Post # 5
7493 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had that with my last pregnancy.  It sounds perfectly normal to me- but of course you should consult your doctor.

Post # 7
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

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 # 12
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

wow  i am 30 weeks and dont know if i have even had one braxton contraction yet!!!!

Post # 14
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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 Dirty Delete 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.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@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
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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!

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