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Braxton hicks or gas? BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3721 posts
23rd Jan

I know this seems like a silly question. I have had 4 of these pains in about 50 minutes. I can't remember if it's 4 or 6 in an hour when you are suppose to go in. I can't tell if I'm having Braxton hicks or gas pains? I know with Braxton hicks your uterus hardens but my stomach is always hard so I can't tell if my uterus is getting hard or not. These pains aren't to painful, I am going to the bathroom regularly so I know I'm not constipated or anything and I don't actually have gas. I just don't want to go in for no reason. How do you know if it's Braxton hicks or gas pains? Also, is it 4 or 6 in an hour before you are suppose to go in? Im laying down and drinking water. I'm 31 weeks. 

Nicola. 2 kids; Huntsville, AL, United States 7567 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting BRowell:
I know this seems like a silly question. I have had 4 of these pains in about 50 minutes. I can't remember if it's 4 or 6 in an hour when you are suppose to go in. I can't tell if I'm having Braxton hicks or gas pains? I know with Braxton hicks your uterus hardens but my stomach is always hard so I can't tell if my uterus is getting hard or not. These pains aren't to painful, I am going to the bathroom regularly so I know I'm not constipated or anything and I don't actually have gas. I just don't want to go in for no reason. How do you know if it's Braxton hicks or gas pains? Also, is it 4 or 6 in an hour before you are suppose to go in? Im laying down and drinking water. I'm 31 weeks. 


I was told, 5 contractions in one hour. But that is for if you're feeling a lot of pain and that they are real contractions. If they are in fact just BH you don't need to go in at all. BH tighten your uterus but have nothing to do with actually dilating you or changing your cervix in any way.

The problem is diagnosing which ones you are having. Generally BH aren't going to be painful and they are not consistent. If you are having painful ones, start trying to time them. If they are consistent and you have more than 5 in an hour, you go in.

You can always call L&D and talk to a nurse before you go in, too. Saves everyone time and money. lol

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3721 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting Nicola. (Expecting #2):

I was told, 5 contractions in one hour. But that is for if you're feeling a lot of pain and that they are real contractions. If they are in fact just BH you don't need to go in at all. BH tighten your uterus but have nothing to do with actually dilating you or changing your cervix in any way.

The problem is diagnosing which ones you are having. Generally BH aren't going to be painful and they are not consistent. If you are having painful ones, start trying to time them. If they are consistent and you have more than 5 in an hour, you go in.

You can always call L&D and talk to a nurse before you go in, too. Saves everyone time and money. lol



Thank you! :)

Nicola. 2 kids; Huntsville, AL, United States 7567 posts
23rd Jan

Quoting BRowell:

Thank you! :)


Hopefully they go away and you feel better soon!