Does everybody differ when it comes to Braxton hicks or are there certain things that can trigger them off?
I suffer from severe SPD/PGP and am not able to be very active these days. Sitting or standing for longer than ten minutes leaves me in excruciating pain. So I have to spend a lot of the time lying down (yay, fun) I have noticed that I get quite a few tightenings throughout the day and have done for quite a while and was wondering if it was due to the fact that I'm very immobile.
I know that it is only a cause for concern if I get a certain number of braxton hicks in an hour (4-6?) but was just wondering as I hardly noticed any in my previous pregnancies. Also I'm having a repeat c-section, am I right in thinking Braxton hicks don't actually do anything because I don't really want to go into labour only to have emcs
You'd think I'd have less questions third time round! Still none the wiser
Braxton hicks are irregular and sometimes can be painful. Sometimes not drinking enough water can bring on braxton hicks. I am an OB nurse and I always advise my patients, that if you feel them coming on, count them. If you have them regular for 1 hr (every 5min apart) then you need to call you dr, but if they are irregular, then drink a big glass of cold water and lay down on your left side and count them. They should stop. Braxton Hicks usually do not send you into labor, although most women who have not experienced labor or do not know about the 5 min apart for 1 hour protocall, most women will think they are braxton hicks, until the pain is unbearable and realize that they are in true labor.'
hope this helps.. any questions, please feel free to ask
I actually made a post about this lastnight as I was in the birth ward at my hospital for mild period pains and other things, you should check it out. They can be achey and painful - but shouldnt be over bearing....and if you've got to do a #2 they can be worse or it can set them off. They should not have a pattern meaning they shouldn't be regular, they will be sporadic. Everyone's body is different too, so while one womans are sore and achey, anothers may not be. For me, I don't get the tightening feeling, it's the achiness that I notice more than anything.
They checked my cervix to see if anything had been happening to it, and it's still very long and thick and no signs of anything happening even though I have had them for the last 5 days or so. HTH
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