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Can braxton hicks feel like period pains?

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Hopeitwontbebig Tue 31-Jul-07 13:25:55

This past week or so intermittently I have been having period like pains and my tummy goes hard. I didn't have this with my previous 2 pregnancies (if I can remember back that far - 8yrs ago!). Does this sound like braxton hicks? Most people seem to describe them as an elastic band tightening, but not uncomfortable. These are quite uncomfortable.

Hopeitwontbebig Tue 31-Jul-07 13:49:09

Can I add, the baby seems to squirm at times when I'm getting these.

cornsilk Tue 31-Jul-07 13:51:20

Sounds similar to what I had! I didn't have them with ds1, just ds2.

Hopeitwontbebig Tue 31-Jul-07 13:55:37

thanks cornsilk.

By the way I'm 32+2

cornsilk Tue 31-Jul-07 14:03:28

Were your other babies full term?

Popi70 Tue 31-Jul-07 14:31:32

I would call the midwife if I was you

foxybrown Tue 31-Jul-07 14:33:42

I had quite painful BHs in the last 6 weeks or so, usually if I'd been overdoing things.

If they go when you sit down and rest, chances are they are Braxton Hicks, but it might be worth giving your MW a call if you are worried.

midnightexpress Tue 31-Jul-07 14:43:02

fwiw, mine were much more uncomfortable with my 2nd pg than my 1st, and I've heard the same from several friends too. But call the mw if you're at all concerned.

lulumama Tue 31-Jul-07 14:44:12

sounds like braxtons

which are normal

does not mean you are going to have a prem labour

make sure you are drinking enough, as being dehyrated can make it worse

as long as not losing blood, mucus or fluid, should be fine

Wilkie Tue 31-Jul-07 14:51:01

Sounds like what I had from 32 weeks onwards but I would ring MW to be checked.

I ended up in hospital for the day with BHs being monitored cos they were so painful!

Hopeitwontbebig Tue 31-Jul-07 15:20:55

thanks ladies. My other two went overdue.

I have a growth scan tomorrow to see how big this one is. My last two were v big babies. I'll speak to my consultant tomorrow about these pains too.

PurpleLostPrincess Tue 31-Jul-07 20:54:21

((waves at HIWBB!!))

I've been having the exact same problem and just assumed it was BH - didn't have them with DS or DD1!?

I'm not too worried about them apart from the fact that they seem to last for a long time - sometimes anything up to 5 or 10 minutes!!??

My bump goes really really hard and I do find it uncomfortable...

I'm drinking loads of water too!? Should I call the mw?

Hope the growth scan goes well - let us know how you get on!


PLP xxx

PurpleLostPrincess Tue 31-Jul-07 20:55:01

(my other two were overdue too but DS keeps reminding me that its different sperm as I've remarried lol!?)

thebigSea Tue 31-Jul-07 20:58:39

I get this occasionally too, I think if it is occasionally and not getting worse its ok

PurpleLostPrincess Tue 31-Jul-07 21:12:06

((waves at bigsea too!!))

That's what I'm worried about - I'm getting them loads more just this last week... DH is convinced I'm having this one early.

That's it, I've decided to call the mw on Thursday when she is in to see if I can get to see her (she only works Thurs/Fri)...

Sorry if I've hijacked your thread HIWBB

PLP xxx

potoroo Tue 31-Jul-07 21:21:18

I've been getting them this time around too (I am 32 + something). Sometimes they are so uncomfortable they wake me up at night. TBH I didn't think anything of it, because if I rest they go away.

PurpleLostPrincess Tue 31-Jul-07 21:31:57

I didn't think anything of it either until recently lol!

I've been getting them while I'm sitting doing nothing or when I'm driving so will mention this to the mw...

If you're 32+something, have you joined the September thread? We're a very friendly bunch!

Hopeitwontbebig Tue 31-Jul-07 21:36:58

((waves back Purple and BigSea!))

'Pains' have been quite uncomfortable this past half hour or so. Mentioned it to DH who suggested I phone midwife. I'm going to hospital tomorrow anyway, so will try and hold out until then. I'm sure if I phone now, I'll be told to come to the labour ward for assessment, kids are asleep etc etc.

I'll monitor these pains over the next half hour or so. Unlike 'real' contractions, there doesn't seem to be a clear beginning or end to these pains.

thebigSea Tue 31-Jul-07 21:39:49

try a hot water bottle and paracetamol, but you seem worried so just phone them and see what they say, its not worth the risk just to not feel silly iyswim

PurpleLostPrincess Tue 31-Jul-07 21:42:46

Oh bless you, I agree with bigsea, no harm in giving them a quick call to see what they say...


PurpleLostPrincess Wed 01-Aug-07 09:13:28

How are you feeling today HIWBB? I'm off out for the day but thinking of you and will check how you got on when I get home...


thebigSea Wed 01-Aug-07 09:14:48

you beat me here plp!

I hope she's ok.

EdieMcredie Wed 01-Aug-07 10:44:49

BH's are uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful (although some of mine have been and actually have felt like period pain). One night I had about 8 in an hour.

(Waves at those from Sep thread)

loobybump Wed 01-Aug-07 11:40:24

I haven't had any Braxton Hicks im 34 weeks should i have had some? and can you tell when your having one?

SeamonstEr Wed 01-Aug-07 12:46:17


Sorry to shout but I'm v worried.

If your stomach goes tight, thats a braxton hicks, some people get them very mildly some very strong. They shouldn't hurt although occasionally they ache as you can see, but not too much and not too often.

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