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Old Oct 3rd, 2011, 19:48 PM   1
Steph_anie
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Tightening of the stomach


Ok so this whole time I was pregnant (well the last three months) I didn't realize I was experiencing Braxton-Hicks. Well I'm not even sure if that's what they are. But if BH is tightening of the stomach then I have them. Maybe like 5 or 6 times throughout the day. There is no pain or anything, just a very tight belly.

What do you girls experience for those of you who do have Braxton Hicks?

Does this mean I'm getting closer? I'm 37 weeks.



 
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Old Oct 3rd, 2011, 20:22 PM   2
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Braxtons just feel like ur belly is getting tight. And doesn't really mean anything, it's just your bodies way of exercising the muscles, so when you get to labour you're ready for the proper ones. It doesn't mean that anything is happening, unless they are getting frequent and painful...then could be labour.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2011, 20:48 PM   3
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Yep, that's BH. They are helpful ( though annoying) but not a sign of labor, per se.... otherwise alot of us would be going into labor very early.... this pregnancy mine have been acting up since before 20 weeks!



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 00:07 AM   4
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Well that's good to know! I'm definitely not in pain when I get them.
How often do you see yourself getting BH's? Is it more than once a day? I feel like today I had it happen a lot! Is that normal?



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 00:30 AM   5
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Hard to say.... It's normal for me, but sounds like it's not normal for you... I know that's not very helpful, is it?
Well, it can be normal. But, any change is worth paying attention to.... So keep an eye on it and pay particular attention to how/if it changes.
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 03:16 AM   6
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Keep yourself hydrated. The more dehydrated you are the more BH's u get. Simple! I have them all the time. Because it's my 5th they are quite powerful. But with your first or second they don't seem as bad. Most first time mums hardly feel them at all.
Don't worry about them. Unless...as I said before, they are painful and regular!!



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 03:18 AM   7
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Mine sometimes get really painful, but they arnt regular.



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 03:19 AM   8
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doesnt mean ur closer unfortunately! iv had BH since 27 weeks zx



 
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Old Oct 4th, 2011, 20:00 PM   9
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Keep yourself hydrated. The more dehydrated you are the more BH's u get. Simple! I have them all the time. Because it's my 5th they are quite powerful. But with your first or second they don't seem as bad. Most first time mums hardly feel them at all.
Don't worry about them. Unless...as I said before, they are painful and regular!!
I have been feeling very thirsty lately, and seems I never can drink enough water even though I do. It must be that I am dehydrated.



 
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