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Never had Braxton Hicks...does this mean I am bound to go overdue/need inducing?

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DangerMousey Sun 11-Nov-12 18:05:50

I am 37+1 today. People keep asking me if I am having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, but the thing is, I don't think I have ever had a single one.

I just don't recognise the tight-bump feeling that people describe.

Am suddenly a bit worried that this means my body is just not geared up for labour in some fundamental way? Or that at the very least I am destined to go 2 weeks over and need inducing??

Anyone else had no BHs during their pregnancy, and yet had a spontaneous labour?

HSMM Sun 11-Nov-12 18:10:17

I didn't have any and DD was born 2 days early. I went into labour naturally.

glenthebattleostrich Sun 11-Nov-12 18:12:01

I had loads from 36 weeks onwards and went 10 days over, started naturally though smile

Flossbert Sun 11-Nov-12 18:12:41

I didn't have BH with DD1 and had normal, spontaneous labour.

Have had it now I am pregnant with DC2 and, sheesh, it really frickin hurts. Starting to wonder how much I have forgotten about labour.......

emsyj Sun 11-Nov-12 18:12:53

You may just be unaware of them - when I was expecting DD, the midwife asked if i had had any and I was about to say no when she said, 'oh i can feel you're having one now'. So maybe you are having them but can't feel them?

Flossbert Sun 11-Nov-12 18:13:48

Oh, and I went one week past due date with DD1.

MyLastDuchess Sun 11-Nov-12 18:18:50

I didn't have any with DC1. He came a week late but I went into labour naturally. I don't think it's related at all. My friend had horrendous BH and her baby was born around the due date.

nextphase Sun 11-Nov-12 18:21:37

I never noticed any BH, and both boys arrived within a day of the EDD, spontaneous, fast, labours.
So I'd say don't worry about it. It has no baring on your labour.

louschmoo Sun 11-Nov-12 18:34:23

I had loads with DS and went 14 days overdue and was induced. Hey ho smile

Haylebop12 Sun 11-Nov-12 18:37:48

I never had any. Dd was born naturally at 37+5.

DangerMousey Sun 11-Nov-12 18:39:51

Ah that's reassuring :-)

Iceaddict Sun 11-Nov-12 18:42:14

Didn't have any with dc1 had loads with dc2. Don't stress about it

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sun 11-Nov-12 18:49:51

I had loads for weeks with dd and was 4 days over. I Had none with ds and was 3.5 weeks early (totally natural labour 7lb baby)

Pochemuchka Sun 11-Nov-12 19:32:21

Another one who had no Braxton Hicks for either pregnancy. Both were early (15 and 14 days) spontaneous labours. DD was a long labour, DS was 3 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Am 32 weeks pg with DC3 and none yet, either.

MyLastDuchess Sun 11-Nov-12 21:36:05

By the way I am now 39+1 with DC2 and have been getting BH for quite a few weeks now. They are definitely overrated, a few times they have kept me awake, so enjoy not having them smile. Best wishes for a smooth and healthy labour and birth.

Ellie092 Mon 12-Nov-12 19:53:30

Your body goes through braxton hicks you just may not realise or feel them some people experience them some don't personally I did and they hurt like hell don't worry over not getting bh count yourself lucky!

Congratulations on your baby and all the best for the future smile xx

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