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Constant Braxton Hicks ElizaTRON 1 child; AMELIA CT HSE, Virginia 464 posts
6th May '12

Hi ladies so here's the deal I've been getting Braxton Hicks contractions every 10 or so minutes for the past two days. I know they're supposed to be just practice but I'm sort of freaked out. Currently I'm 37 weeks, 3 cm dialated and I'm certain that my mucus plug has been coming out in pieces. I can't walk across the living room without feeling like my DS is trying to fall out, I'm finally pooping even though it's every hour and I've got the worst period like cramps ever.



Should I be worried about getting BH so often? Any suggestions on how to keep my little guy in there as long as he can. I know he'll come when he's ready but I want to avoid speeding the process up.

Vanilla MILFshake. 1 child; Georgia 5416 posts
6th May '12

I was told if they are constant like that and you can time them, then they aren't braxton hicks.

Britney! 1 child; Florida 3135 posts
6th May '12

Well, I will say that what I THOUGHT were timeable BH were actual contractions. I went to L&D and got monitored, and they told me they were real. But mine are 7-9 minutes apart. Buuuuuut, it's been like this for about a week and a half.



I think you should get checked out, just in case!

♛ Spectacular.#4 4 kids; Alabama 19636 posts
6th May '12

I'm in the same boat. I can't time them because I feel more like a "crampy" feeling. :( I'm 2cm & 75% effaced and LO is at -1/0 station, I've been losing plug and spotting.. I feel like she's trying to push herself out. It blows ass...because they told me I was having "false labor" and that real labor could start anytime now...

ElizaTRON 1 child; AMELIA CT HSE, Virginia 464 posts
6th May '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Britney!:</b>" Well, I will say that what I THOUGHT were timeable BH were actual contractions. I went to L&D and ... [snip!] ... minutes apart. Buuuuuut, it's been like this for about a week and a half. I think you should get checked out, just in case!"</blockquote>




Im honestly leaning in that direction. Although, I thought true contractions were supposed to hurt? So far I've just got some insane back pain and what feels like menstrual cramps.



My Ob is just dismissing them so far :/

Vanilla MILFshake. 1 child; Georgia 5416 posts
6th May '12
Quoting ElizaTRON:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Britney!:</b>" Well, I will say that what I THOUGHT were timeable ... [snip!] ... hurt? So far I've just got some insane back pain and what feels like menstrual cramps. My Ob is just dismissing them so far :/"


At first they aren't always that bad.

Mommy to Boys! 4 kids; Ohio 6057 posts
6th May '12

Have you tried laying down on your side and drinking some water.
If they dont subside then they are probably the real thing.
Call L&D. Good thing is your 37 weeks so you are considered term if it is the real thing. Good luck!

Kirra Davie Due June 17; Australia 308 posts
6th May '12

I've had them worse since my rupture, and they stopped my labour for the ambulance ride, they have told me that I can go again at any time and they wonte stop it next time, I'm only 34 wks every time I get them I'm like oh crap it could be starting again but they norm stop after a few hrs and then come back... Tricky baby lol

Britney! 1 child; Florida 3135 posts
6th May '12
Quoting ElizaTRON:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Britney!:</b>" Well, I will say that what I THOUGHT were timeable ... [snip!] ... hurt? So far I've just got some insane back pain and what feels like menstrual cramps. My Ob is just dismissing them so far :/"


I've always thought that they were supposed to hurt too!! but when my doctor came in and checked me he told me I did the right thing by coming in. He also said that they don't always hurt right from the start, and they normally get worse after the water is broken. He then said that if they start to feel "crampy", or even if I notice that they still aren't hurting but are getting closer, to come in again and get checked. So I say go!

Alma Hill Due August 15; Japan 1 posts
6th May '12
Quoting ElizaTRON:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Britney!:</b>" Well, I will say that what I THOUGHT were timeable ... [snip!] ... hurt? So far I've just got some insane back pain and what feels like menstrual cramps. My Ob is just dismissing them so far :/"

The back pain could be back labor. lay on you left side and drink water. if its false labor they should stop. BH should not beconstant like that mine never were, they would come and go I could never time them. If they don't stop I would go get checked. Good luck

ElizaTRON 1 child; AMELIA CT HSE, Virginia 464 posts
6th May '12

I've been laying on my side practically all evening and drowning myself in ice water. I'm definitely going in now. I just didn't want to go for a false labor and take up valuable bed space. But better safe than sorry.




Thank you ladies! I'm still hoping this little guy wants to hang in a little longer! He's just barely 37 weeks :/

Mommy to Boys! 4 kids; Ohio 6057 posts
6th May '12

Good Luck Momma!
Keep us updated!

Britney! 1 child; Florida 3135 posts
6th May '12
Quoting Mommy to Boys!:" Good Luck Momma! Keep us updated!"


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Yesss please keep us updated! Good luck!

tigger83 Due May 27; 18 kids; West Grove, Iowa 69 posts
6th May '12

I've heard of women who literally had no clue they were in labor because their contractions didn't hurt. Every pregnancy and every woman is different. When I had my first daughter I went in to LD because I thought my water had broke and they said it hadn't but I was having "strong contractions" that I didn't even feel.



BTW BH are real contractions but not labor. They are uterine contractions but they generally cause no changes to the cervix. Labor is defined as making cervical changes. Not trying to be rude so I hope it doesn't seem like I am being rude, just trying to be informative. :)

ElizaTRON 1 child; AMELIA CT HSE, Virginia 464 posts
7th May '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting tigger83:</b>" I've heard of women who literally had no clue they were in labor because their contractions didn't hurt. ... [snip!] ... cervical changes. Not trying to be rude so I hope it doesn't seem like I am being rude, just trying to be informative. :)"</blockquote>




That's sort of whati meant lol



But apparently I'm just dealing with some pretty intense dehydration which was causing my BH to be so frequent. I am dilated to three now though. Way to go cervix! They did put me on a more strict bed rest with pelvic rest, and suggested I talk more with my OB Friday about possible induction at my visit Friday if I'm still this uncomfortable.



Thanks again ladies!