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28/05/2013 at 08:10
Am 38+4 today and for the last 24 hours have been getting very regular braxton hicks. Last night they had me up every 1.5 hours and whilst they are not painful as such, they are difficult to ignore.
Is this my body just getting ready for what's to come. Don't really know what I am asking, some reassurance I suppose!
28/05/2013 at 08:29
Ferbs I've been having these for a few weeks now. My tummy actually contortes around the shape of the baby they are so tight. It's uncomfortable but like you say not painful as such. I think the discomfort comes from baby not having much room where as an actual contraction has all this and a hell of a lot more pressure and pain.
Whilst I was in hospital a week or so ago I was having 4 hourly CTG's done and the BH were showing up on there as being really strong and regular, they asked if I had pain with them and when I didn't they weren't at all concerned. Like you they suggested it was my body gratin up for the main event.
Keep an eye on them and if you are concerned at all go in for an hour of monitoring xxx
28/05/2013 at 10:47
Thanks Munchkin. We went up to the hospital last week as I hadn't felt the baby move and was monitored then. Like you, I had quite a few BH showing up but MW was not concerned. They have just become more regular since then but am sure that they are nothing to worry about. Just very annoying! Hope that it's a sign that things will start happening for real shortly!
28/05/2013 at 12:24
I was having regular BH/contractions in the 3 days before L was born. Mine were at night and early hours of the morning for about 3 hours. They were very uncomfortable at times and were about 10 mins apart. The MW told me that they may having be pushing L down, ready for birth. Fingers crossed things get started soon!
28/05/2013 at 14:00
Oh DS, I hope that I follow a similar pattern to you!
28/05/2013 at 21:30
I was told by the hospital that if you aren't sure if they are contractions or braxton hicks then have a bath. Braxton hicks will stop, contractions won't.
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