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AbbyMN needs your Braxton Hicks comments...

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AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Sep-08 15:14:06

Am just working on some stuff for the site and need to get some good quotes re' Braxton Hicks. Did you have them? If so, what was your experience of them? From how early on did you get them? What did they feel like? How did they compare with real contractions? How long did they last, their intensity, etc? Did they cause you problems and, if so, did you find a way of alleviating them? What would be your advice to a first time mum trying to work out the difference between BH and the real thing?

Your thoughts, as ever, will be much appreciated.

Carmenere Wed 03-Sep-08 15:15:41

They are mother natures joke on first time mothers.

FluffyMummy123 Wed 03-Sep-08 15:16:05

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RhinestoneCowgirl Wed 03-Sep-08 15:17:47

'the difference between BH and the real thing?' erm, the real ones blardy hurt? hmm

Got them first time round, more this time, bloody annoying and make me want to pee all the time. Bump goes rock hard but not painful.

Twiglett Wed 03-Sep-08 15:18:28

Never had them, or if I did didn't recognise them as BH .. never had a contraction either grin

WigWamBam Wed 03-Sep-08 15:19:15

I didn't have them either.

mellyonion Wed 03-Sep-08 15:19:40

i loved having bh...i had them with all 3 kids, and from about 30 odd weeks onwards.

i felt like my tummy was shrink wrapping my baby! you could see my bump tighten up and see far more lumps and bumps of the baby at term.....

the difference between bh and real labour contractions? bh don't hurt...they can be uncomfortable, but real contractions feel like they have purpose...they come from deeper, rather than a surface sort of tightening.

belgo Wed 03-Sep-08 15:20:16

I ended up in hospital with braxton hicks when I was 34 weeks pregnant with dd1,(first pregnancy) and I was convinced I was in labour, so much so I was on the verge of asking for an epiduralblush. It turns out they were caused by a urinary tract infection! They went with paracetamol, and antibiotics for the infection. DD1 born at 40 weeks.

I am now 35 weeks pregnant with db3, and am experiencing intense braxton hicks. I had one in a shop yesterday, I leaned over the shop counter and went 'ohhh', which got me quite a few worried glances!

TigerFeet Wed 03-Sep-08 15:20:43

I only ever really had them immediately after an orgasm.

HTH grin

Ewe Wed 03-Sep-08 15:21:46

If you aren't sure whether they are BH or the real thing, have a bath or go to sleep. If they are real neither of these things will ease them and you won't be able to sleep through them!

(Disclaimer: This is generally speaking, there are of course some exceptions to this I am sure before you all come saying you could sleep through your real contractions!)

inzidoodle Wed 03-Sep-08 15:22:29

braxton hicks = OH how exciting is this labour starting smile

LABOUR = OH MY GOD OW OW OW THIS IS LABOUR AAAAGGGHHH THE PAIN shock!!!!!!!

only way to describe it for me really grin

milkmoustache Wed 03-Sep-08 15:24:37

With my first pregnancy I had BH from around 20 wks until the very end. With my second not a single one. I never went into natural labour and both were by C section. I foolishly thought that all the 'practice' contractions were going to make a difference - how wrong I was!

Dropdeadfred Wed 03-Sep-08 15:25:16

Exactly what mellyonion said (she's the first I've heard describe it like that aprt from me. My whole bump seemed to 'shrinkwrap' the baby...for major 1-20 secs then gradually soften again. I loved them!! Wish real contractions were like that!!

Pruners Wed 03-Sep-08 15:28:08

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missorinoco Wed 03-Sep-08 15:43:33

my braxton hicks didn't last more than a few hours, and didn't hurt/get worse although they were uncomfortable.

PinkTulips Wed 03-Sep-08 16:08:05

mine are never painful but often extremely uncomfortable, it feels like someone has taken a sheet and wrapped it around your waist and is pulling it tight behind you. they often make me a bit breathless and can have me pacing the floor for hours. like i said though, i never mistook them for labour as they were never painful in the way contractions are.

i got them from 25 weeks with dd, from 20 weeks with ds (thanks to the effing smear test they gave me setting them off angry) and have actually had them in the last few days with this baby, i'm 18 weeks shock

as i got closer to labour they seem to gradually increase in intesnsity, sometimes verging on painful and i seem to have them 24/7. about 18 hours before my babies wre born they suddenly start to hurt and i start calling them contractions.

my old gp never used the word braxton hicks at all though, he called them contractions as he maintained that as they were your uterus contracting it was pointless to call them anything else.

AnAngelWithin Wed 03-Sep-08 16:14:23

DS once misheard them as being called backside dicks contraptions grin sorry thats no help at all is it!?

bundle Wed 03-Sep-08 16:15:08

never had them

did get the runs though

and sciatica

<<unhelpful emoticon>>

JustineMumsnot Wed 03-Sep-08 16:15:44

never had them either

MrsSprat Wed 03-Sep-08 16:23:32

BH were very different from labour contractions and having experienced the latter, its impossible to confuse one with the other. I agree with the sheet-tightening descriptions. Felt a bit like a first half of a spasm, and my entire bump went completely rigid and as hard as a cricket ball for anything up to a minute. A bit like clenching your fist really hard.

Not painful, but could knock the wind out of you a bit, especially if you are walking/climbing stairs. Also had them from about 30 weeks.

AbbyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Sep-08 16:30:32

Thanks for all this - any thoughts on ways to ease the discomfort?

lucykate Wed 03-Sep-08 16:32:01

i had them with both my dc's. started about 20 weeks, maybe earlier, they were pretty frequent, it was sort of like the bump going taught and more solid for a for about 30 seconds, then relaxing. no pain, just a bit uncomfortable, real contractions were much more powerful. didn't cause any problems.

Flamesparrow Wed 03-Sep-08 16:34:15

Didn't have em. Felt a bit cheated tbh.

People kept feeling my very hard bump (always very hard) telling me I was having BH. Was boring.

PeppermintPatty Wed 03-Sep-08 16:35:46

I got them from about 28 weeks onwards.
And I always got the at exactly the same time every day - at about 6pm, when I was usually walking home from work.
The journey took twice as long as normal as I often had to stop walking and take some deep breaths when I was having one.
They don't hurt - just uncomfortable, and I felt a bit winded.

VeniVidiVickiQV Wed 03-Sep-08 16:35:55

I was a weirdy and felt braxton hicks contractions VERY early on in first pg (12 weeks shock)

By 28 weeks they had become much more noticeable.

By 36 weeks they were really uncomfortable at times - particularly in the evening or late at night. They'd last a good 45 seconds and go on for a good hour or so.

When I was in early labour and contracting, I didnt actually realise I was having contractions. It was only because I was hooked up to a CTG monitor that they knew I was in labour. I couldnt feel a thing (only at first...!) In fact, early labour pains were more like gripy period pain/aches.

The exact same thing happened with my second pg.

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