I thought Braxton Hicks were tightenings? All I have on occasion is my bump going very hard and feeling tight, have never been painful or anything. But I thought these were Braxton Hicks as thought, if they were painful, they would be labour??
Are you sure you haven't had them? Every definition I've seen of Braxton Hicks is just your uterus tightening, which sounds like what you've been experiencing.
"Braxton Hicks contractions can begin as early as the second trimester. However they are most commonly experienced in the third trimester. When this happens, the muscles of the uterus tighten for approximately 30 to 60 seconds and sometimes as long as two minutes."
"Braxton Hicks contractions can be described as tightening in the abdomen that comes and goes. Many women report these as feeling like mild menstrual cramps. These contractions are typically not painful and do not occur at regular intervals. They do not get closer together, do not increase with walking, do not increase in how long they last, and do not feel stronger over time as they do when you are in true labor."
"Braxton Hicks contractions begin as a painless tightening of the uterine muscles, usually lasting about 15 to 30 seconds, but sometimes as long as two minutes, and causing your abdomen to become very hard and strangely contorted (almost pointy)."
I was in your boat with my 1st! I never got a single one! Second time round tho at 25 weeks I started getting them, and 15 weeks with this pregnancy. They SUCK! It makes me have to lie down where ever I am! At a BBQ the other day they hit me and I had to go inside and lay on the couch and everyone thought I had gone home! lol
Dont feel like your'e missing out!!
I didn't have them with my daughter. But now I'm having them with this one. Or at least that's the only thing I can think that they are. I keep playing phone tag with my docs office and can never get a straight answer from them when they do return my call. But if these are just Braxton Hicks, then like the PP said THEY SUCK!
I'm having one right now and have been getting them since about 30 weeks on and off. Everyone gets them, but not everyone feels them. It helps prepare your body for the real thing. Consider this, the more you get and feel, the more likely you are to dilate and efface sooner. Im 37 weeks and currently 3cm dilated and 80% effaced.
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