I have been having braxton hicks since about 20 weeks, this is my second pregnancy. BH have been painless but really tight and uncomfortable at times but nothing bad.
Earlier today when I woke up from a nap, I had pain like period pain which lasted a little while then went away, over the next hour and a half it happened twice more then I haven't had anything since.
I'm sure this happened the other day but I also had trapped wind at the time as well and I was in agony from that (I get it badly) and it was hard to tell what pain was what but I am sure I have had these 'period' pains a few times, on and off.
I remember labour with DS, it started off feeling like period pains but from the first contraction, I knew what it was instantly. This time just feels like random pains then they go away and don't happen again for days and days.
Hello there, I feel your pain! I'm also 31 weeks and having painful BHs, a lot.I was so worried last week I phoned my mw who put me through to the labour ward and they reassured me that everything was okay.
I had my 31 week check yesterday and mw said baby is very low down (3/5ths engaged) and that's why I've been getting BHs. Honestly, i never thought they could take your breath away like they do!
Anyway, call your mw to make sure everything is as it should be but apart from that I don't know what to say, I've tried everything from mild exercise, birthing ball, lying down (IMPOSSIBLE!) and having a bath and nothing seems to help, well the bath did bit.
I'm a first timer and worrying that if I find these difficult then what will I be like with the real thing???
Will watch this thread with interest as to tips....
I am 35 weeks and getting lots of intermittent period-like pain, but I'm also getting back pain and have also had an upset tummy and wind a lot too recently, so sometimes it is difficult to differentiate. But generally, yes, have been feeling quite achey and gripey in the abdominal/pelvic area. At first I was worried whether it might be a pre-cursor to labour but it has been happening for a while now on and off, and I posted on here about it and I think it seems to be something lots of people get in late pg. I understand how you feel though and why you were worried as I seem to be having a whole bunch of new/different symptoms that have appeared suddenly in these final weeks... x
At least I'm not alone and it sounds as if it is normal.
I didn't have BH with DS so they are new to me but its the painful ones that have thrown me.
I've got the MW on the 20th anyway. If they happen again I'll try and ring her (I don't actually have a direct number to contact her, she isn't allowed to give out her number and the childrens centre where she is based don't actually pick the phone up, you have to leave a message and they phone you back at some point.