I am about 32 weeks pregnant and have been having braxton hicks from quite early on - certainly before 20 weeks this time around.
The last week or so they have become much stronger though and are really uncomfortable! Every afternoon or evening they kick in and are enough to make me sick if there is anything in my stomach with the force of them. Having only just recovered from hypermesis a couple of weeks back I had started to enjoy not being sick everywhere lol.
Im not dehydrated or anything and havent started the raspberry leaf tablets yet so its not that. Something is stopping me taking them this time around - was popping them as soon as the bottle said (28 weeks) last time.
If these are practice contractions to tone the womb or whatever this baby is going to be born before I get chance to go into labour lol
Waitingtobloom, it is worth mentioning to your MW. Not only to rule out early labour, but also because sometimes it isn't actually BH, and is in fact an Irritable Uterus, this isn't serious as such, however you can get a prescription from your consultant for to take the pain away.
I had an IU in my last pregnancy, and I am not for one minute saying it caused this, but I did end up with pre-eclampsia, which my new MW this time round suspects could have been brought on by the stress of the IU/no sleep.
If it does help though, my labour was less than 2 hours from start to finish with 4 minutes pushing, so it deffo helped out in the end!
They dont hurt at all - are just really tight and constricting and very very annoying. Have them on and off all day but at least once a day they get so tight that I am sick
I think I will mention them to the midwife when I see her next week thank you. Am pretty sure they are harmless but if they do get painful will call her sooner.
Spoke to my homeopathist/reflexologist who use to be a midwife this afternoon and she doesnt think there is anything you can do and that they are just a good sign. Easy to say when you dont have a boa constrictor living in your stomach lol thanks for the advice xxxx