I have found recently that going for a wee, especially if I've let my bladder get quite full, tends to set off really strong braxton hicks (I'm 32+3) that stay for a while. Does anyone else get this/is this normal? I'm guessing the bladder contracting kind of sets it off?
Yes I did, first noticed them after having an (sorry TMI) orgasm . You actaully get them all the way through pregnancy, but you don't necessarily notice or feel them early on. I suppose your uterus is a muscle that is prone to spasm just like any other! Mine have never actually hurt, but now they are getting stronger and slightly more uncomforatble (32+6). I have also noticed them when I bend down to pick something up - when I straighten up I can't as my uterus is all scrunged up! I always make dp feel my belly, my bump goes incredibly hard round and low like a football!
Okay so I'm not quite sure if I know what BH feels like. I get the really hard round tummy from time to time - definitely whenever I have an orgasm (sorry TMI). But then occasionally when I go for a wee I get this really sharp pain at the bottom of my bump, that feels like a kind of contraction and I need to kind of breathe through until it passes. Are these both BH? Or are neither of them...?
I find that leaning forwards as much as possible when you have a wee helps to stop the sharp pain afterwards although I can appreciate leaning forwards is pretty hard to do when you are 30+ weeks! The more stretched your uterus becomes, the more sensitive it is so things like bending over, having a full, then empty bladder, eating a large meal, walking etc can all trigger BH.
I find that sometimes sitting with my legs tucked underneath me so that I am leaning to one side sets them off for me and they aren't actually painful but are uncomfortable and make me feel a bit breathless. Eating a large meal and then walking is another trigger. I am 30 weeks.
I was just having them so regularly when I was pottering around in the kitchen earlier, making dinner and doing some dishes etc, that if they had been at all "painful" I'd have been convinced I was in labour! They've died down now I've sat down though!