Did anyone just go into labour with no Braxton Hicks beforehand? Absolutely no sign of anything happening and due today

Hey guys! I'm 40 weeks today , I haven't really been having any Braxton Hicks. Occasionally I get sharp kinda pains in my lower back or some pains out walking. But anything in my belly I honestly think is just the baby kicking- like an MMA fighter at this point. Were any of you the same? Otherwise I've no signs of labour no mucus plug, nothing else really. I've always carried low so it's hard to tell. They say babies head is down and engaged so that's good I suppose. Just wondering did any of you not get practice contractions before or anything like that and just straight into the spontaneous labour? My hospital doesn't take me in for induction until 12 days overdue here in Ireland. 😏 Have tried the ball, the spicy food the raspberry tea etc Just ranting really. Is it possible that those lower back pains were some sort of contractions? Clutching at straws here πŸ˜… Thanks guys

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What do Braxton Hicks feel like?

I’m 27 weeks and work a physical job, the past few days I thought I might have been having them. My midwife said it’s too soon. So what did Braxton Hicks feel like for you?

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What do Braxton Hicks vs contractions feel like?

Obv I know contractions are going to be painful and very obvious that they’re contractions, but how will I know when Braxton Hicks are turning into contractions? Im labeled as high risk due to having a short cervix and was told I basically could go into labor at any time (i’m only 31 weeks) and I’m just wondering what I need to be watching out for. My friends water broke while she was taking a bath and it was a slow labor so she had no idea her water had even broke until a few hours later when she woke up screaming in pain.

There’s been days where my stomach feels super tight and I have very mild pinching like type cramps that don’t last more than maybe 2 minutes and I’m not sure if those are Braxton Hicks? This is my first pregnancy too so I’m clueless lol

Please share your personal experiences with what Braxton hicks feel like vs what going into labor feels like. TIA mamas :-)

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36 weeks πŸ’› collecting colostrum, sick asf, and lots of Braxton Hicks !
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Braxton hicks every few minutes? 40 + 5

FTM, 40 weeks + 5 days. Completely over it haha. Over the last week I’ve been having what feels like intense braxton hicks every 10 minutes. Just that extreme tightening of the abdomen. Over the last couple of days they’ve increased to around 5 minutes apart. I didn’t think they happened this regularly? Can this be a sign labour is close? Or has anyone else experienced this?

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Braxton Hicks?

Hi there. I’m a FTM, 26 weeks along, and the past few weeks I’ve started having strange sensations in the uterus. Best I can describe is that it feels like my abs are having a charley horse and my stomach gets very tight. If I try to bend over during this time, it feels like my stomach is going to burst open. Are these Braxton Hicks contractions? Anyone who can share their experience is appreciated. Thank you!!

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Braxton Hicks?

Hi! I'm 27 weeks along with my first pregnancy, and I've always had a bit of belly fat. I was spending time with a friend yesterday who is also pregnant, but thin. She asked if I have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions yet, because she's feeling them all the time (but this is also her third pregnancy, and this time it's twins). I don't think I've felt any yet! Have other plus-sized ladies felt BH and if so, when? Does belly fat impede you from feeling them? I know it's supposed to be a tight belly feeling, but I've got some wiggle and jiggle that doesn't ever go away.

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Due in 6 days and I haven’t had Braxton hicks or contractions.

Do people normally have them before going into labor? Im getting induced anyways I’m 5 days. Was hoping to go natural but it’s fine. I feel like I always hear people say they have contractions for a while before actually going into labor.

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Tomorrow is my due date and I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions every 5-10 minutes.... for days. What do I make of this???

I just feel like I'm going crazy. I had these false labour contractions every few minutes for two days straight, where occasionally they would go down into my pelvis and legs and feel like period cramps, and then suddenly went back to being as sporadic as they were two weeks ago for a day. And then a day later (last night) we are back with contractions every five to seven minutes - Braxton Hicks still, but strong enough to make my belly feel like it's fallen asleep. Still the occasional "period cramps". I was up all night thinking we're finally getting somewhere and let's get this show on the road. And this afternoon they are sporadic again (but still maybe 15-20 min between them?)

I am SO frustrated and I guess this all means nothing at all, I mean false labour is false labour, no bloody show, no water breaking, I suppose nothing is happening. But how am I supposed to get any sleep like this???? Or wait another week? Or two???

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Braxton Hicks

I’ve started noticing my Braxton hicks everyone once in a while - my uterus tightening up and the pressure, but I’ve also noticed that I’ll get pressure in my head during and it ends as soon as the Braxton Hicks does.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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Braxton hicks possible at 13 weeks?!

I have been having on and off all day today what feels like contractions. Last pregnancy I only felt this in 3rd trimester. Anyone else have Braxton hicks this insanely early? Wondering if round ligament pain can be mistaken for BH. I’m a mess… every little thing worries me and I feel like I’m constantly calling my ob’s office. Of course this scary stuff only happens on weekends when their office is closed. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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How did you guys cope with braxton hicks?

i’m 28w 4d and i’m having the WORST braxton hicks, they’re everyday and last half the day. what helped you guys get thru them 😫 i’ve tried warm baths and massaging them out but nothing seems to work. i can’t imagine how real contractions are gonna feel πŸ™ƒπŸ˜…

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Braxton Hicks Question

So I'm 30w/2d and am wondering about Braxton Hicks contractions.

I read that it's a tightening of the belly - but does it feel tight from the outside or am I supposed to feel tightening on the inside - like a period cramp? Do they hurt?

I'm trying to figure out if I've had one. My belly has felt VERY right from the outside if I touch it (like pre-pregnancy of I were to flex my abs) but I don't feel anything different internally.

I've looked it up and I can't seem to find a source with an answer. They all mention tightening, but not what kind. You guys have been amazing answering the questions I've had, so I'm sure someone here can help me! TIA!

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... So what really is a Braxton Hicks or contraction? How can I tell?

I know this has probably been asked but I'm struggling so here I go. 30 weeks here and I just... Don't know if I've had Braxton Hicks? Or rather... Don't think I've felt them? I hear/see so many people talking about their BHs or contractions and I just... Don't relate. What if I miss real labor if I don't know what I'm supposed to be feeling? My hospital is 35 minutes away and I'm getting nervous about missing signs.

Sometimes I lay my hands on my belly and I feel movement, like a rolling sensation but I've always felt it's my son actually moving, not my uterus contracting... like right now, I feel rapid fluttering like muscle spasm-y feelings around the bottom of my bump. Then I get the rolly sensation, higher up above my belly button and when I touch it it's physically firm like it's his body right there so I assume it is. Sometimes my belly is tight but like... I'm pregnant, of course it's tight?!

I don't know what I'm supposed to be feeling or looking for and the closer I get to the end of my pregnancy the more I worry about it. All I get from people is "your belly gets tight/hard and it's supposed to be painless" and I'm like okay...? And then I just feel super dense lol. Help. What am I looking for?

Edit: after so many responses and so many variations of different experiences shared all it makes me think is that maybe we really don't know shit lol. Bodies are gonna do what they're gonna do, baby is gonna baby.

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Braxton Hicks are killing me

I've been having Braxton hicks for maybe 2 weeks now. Pretty much every day.

It started as one or two times a day, now its pretty constant.

I've been trying to up my water intake... except I hate water. Pre-pregnancy I would drink MAYBE a cup of water a day. Now I've been drinking around 16oz (not great, but significantly better).

My doctor said BH can be triggered by dehydration and suggested drinking 6-8 16oz waterbottles daily.... ugh.

Today I drank around 4 water bottles full and my BH have been OUT OF CONTROL for 6 HOURS. The worst it's been all week.

I dont need advice or anything, but hearing about how many of you are miserable with them too would be WONDERFUL lol

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Braxton Hicks-parts of abdomen?

Weird question but are Braxton Hicks always the full uterus/abdomen tightening or can it be parts of it? Sometime I feel tightening at only the right side or sometimes left upper side and I can’t figure out if that’s baby movement related or some sort of uterine activity..

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36 weeks, these Braxton Hicks got me nervous πŸ₯²πŸ’—
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Braxton Hicks? At 23 weeks?

I was laying on the couch when I had a really tight cramp in my pubic area/lower belly that lasted a good minute or so. I did a lot of stretching on the yoga ball today. I can’t really feel if my belly gets hard (because I had a soft big belly pre pregnancy) now I have some low pelvic pressure. Should I be worried or was that Braxton hicks?

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Braxton Hicks are gonna be the death of me!!!

maaaaaan, idk about y’all but my braxton hicks are TERRIBLE!!!

im currently 34+5 FTM and i already had to take my maternity leave because my BH are SOO bad. i have a very interactive and intense job (i’m an ABA therapist for autistic children) and i would be DONE by 12pm.

now that i’ve been at home resting, they’ve definitely been better but man, they have been terrible the last couple mornings.

i do all the tricks tylenol, heating pad, water, all of the above. anyone else experiencing them like this? or have experienced them like this before?

baby girl is okay, and i have NST’s once a week and an ultrasound after to monitor, all the doctors say she is doing great but goooosh why do these hurt so bad!!!!

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Braxton Hicks vs Real Labor

I have been having strange Braxton Hicks for 3 nights in a row now. They few more like menstrual cramps that spread to my back, thigh, and butt. My normal Braxton Hicks just feel like the tightening of my abs muscles, nothing more. The last two nights weren't bad since they last only a few seconds. However tonight they last so much longer and feel so much more uncomfortable. Tho I wouldn't say they are painful. I have tried drinking water, laying down and they don't go away. I get them around 12-1 o'clock for about 6 times in an hour before they completely stop. I have expressed this to my ob and she doesn't think I should be concerned about this. Anyone has any advice? P.s: I'm 34 weeks

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What do Braxton-Hicks feel like?

I’m 29w + 1 and for the last two weeks I’ve had some occasional cramp type feelings in the lower belly areaβ€” but they don’t feel like menstrual type cramps, it’s more like the kind you feel while running?

I would describe it as a slightly tight feeling but when I feel the belly during these times it doesn’t feel abnormally tight or anything..

I get them more often while walking around & doing things..

Could these be Braxton hicks?

Please share your experiences of these and if they were mild to you as well 😊

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Maternity leggings ARE worth it! 26 weeks and these are exactly what I've been looking for. The fabric over the stomach feels a bit like like compression fabric, but it's really comfortable, especially while having Braxton - Hicks
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Anyone else have these "Braxton Hicks" or was it early labor for you?

38 + 0. So last night after work started having dull constant back pain, and belly tightening lasting 1 to 1 1/2 min about every 5-7 minutes from the start throughout the front of my abdomen with some low crampy pain, and lightning crotch lol. Just a squeeze sensation but like... Not painful. Took a shower and laid in bed for two hours watching TV timing them, after a while I went to sleep and woke up and they were gone. I figured if it was real labor I'd wake up, right? Been fine all day, baby's been bopping around, seems fine. Tonight they've started again. My whole belly is tight but no pain really, sometimes a brief sharp pain in my left side. I honestly thought initially I was gassy so I took gas x because I had a bit of a belly ache. I don't know whether to bother L & D because they aren't particularly painful if at all, like maybe in the corner of my left belly it feels like a sharp stitch or pokey baby feets. They're consistent but like... Just not what I would consider painful at all but they also seem neverending... Like a wave that I can constantly feel, but the tightness never stops. What gives? As far as I know I haven't lost my mucus plug and I have no bloody show or anything. :/ Just the consistent bloated rock hard tummy feeling with the squeezy sensation. At 36 weeks my cervix was soft and 1cm dilated, I didn't check for this past week, and this week I'm planning on doing a sweep Thursday. But this sensation is annoying... Real labor would be like, painful right? That's the only thing that's throwing me off.

I have had ovarian cysts and herniated discs with degenerative disc disease in my back, so I don't know if I have just a high pain tolerance, which also bothers me. Are we just practicing, dear uterus, or what?!

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38 weeks and to my knowledge never had braxton hicks, is this normal and can anyone else relate?

I know my body pretty well and have grown to know it even better while pregnant to, but these β€œbraxton hicks pains” I haven’t had them yet or at all for that matter , the midwife asks me and I ask her to describe the feeling and I cant relate, is this a sign of something bad or am I just lucky?

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STM- A lot of Braxton hicks at 26 weeks worried about baby coming early

So I know that BH are just practice and not real early labor, but I had them consistently for over two hours last night and it makes me worry about going into labor early since this is #2 and I’m so early on. For context my son is only 11 months, almost 30 pounds and not walking yet so I’m lifting/carrying him all the time which is the biggest difference.

I also work full time so my days are usually 6/7AM - 9 PM non stop either taking care of the baby, errands, chores, cooking, etc. with no time to lay down and rest during the day or evening after I pick up baby. If I get 7 hours of sleep it’s a good night.

I’m just really concerned because I didn’t get Braxton hicks this much until way later with my son. I drink a ton of water and do eat enough so I’m thinking it’s just the physical activity and lack of rest. Any other second or third time moms that have experienced this?

Is there anything else I can do?

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SCAM WARNING!! DO NOT APPLY TO JOBS FROM BRAXTON HICKS

It's false labor

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Braxton-Hicks woes

Anyone else with an incredibly irritable uterus? I'm 29 weeks and have been having many B-H a day since about week 20. They are really uncomfortable and sometimes feel like a period cramp, but don't escalate and aren't rhythmic. My midwives aren't concerned but the constant achy tightness makes me miserable! The triggers for me are: full bladder, end of peeing, seatbelt touching belly, me touching belly, gas, a big baby kick, waistbands on belly... the list goes on. I've tried hydrating and drinking electrolyte drinks to no avail. Just sooo annoyed and uncomfortable.

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37 weeks, bloody show, Braxton Hicks, not dilated.

This morning I had dark bloody discharge. A couple of hours after that I had some mild cramping(hadn't experienced this before the bloody discharge). I went to the hospital and the nurse told me that it was the bloody show and that I was having braxton hicks contractions. She sent me home because she said I wasn't dilated. She told me to go back Wednesday so they can monitor me again and check and see if there's enough fluid in my placenta. I've been home for like 3 hours and these Braxton Hicks are getting really intense and more frequent. Like they hurt so bad... You're telling me I possibly have 3 more weeks of this? :( Anyone else have the same kind of experience where they had a bloody show,Braxton Hicks, and they weren't dilated? id love to hear about it.

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When did the Braxton Hicks contractions start for you?

I’m 31 weeks and I started having them on and off this week. I know they’re more common in the third trimester and some people even get them in their second, but I was curious to hear what others’ experiences have been.

When did you start feeling Braxton Hicks? Does it tend to get worse over time?

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Are these Braxton Hicks or contractions?

30w ftm if you couldn’t tell, I’m confused as to what these are. Period/stomach? cramps that really make me feel like I have to ^,scuse ^me, poop, my heart starts beating fast and breath a little hard. Not sure what these are since I’ve felt the stomach tightening that’s usually Braxton Hicks. Is it just anxiety?😭

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Braxton Hicks?

Can anyone tell me what Braxton Hicks feels like? I’m 32W 2D and I feel very very light cramps now and then and was curious if that was it!

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Braxton Hicks every 8-10 minutes?

I’m a FTM, 38w2d now and starting last night I started getting what I think are BH contractions every ten minutes or so. I called L&D and they said not to worry since I don’t have anything else happening (like water breaking) and baby is still moving. They’re not getting stronger but just pretty consistent. They feel like light menstrual cramps and last 20-30 seconds.

I’m just wondering other peoples experiences at this point? I’m probably just paranoid as a FTM but any intel or advice would be appreciated!

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Braxton hicks, or baby moving?

I am 37 weeks pregnant and I am unsure if what I am feeling is BH contractions. My stomach becomes rock hard and it feels like it could potentially be the baby pushing hard against the uterine wall, making my stomach hard? It only lasts a couple of seconds. Any ideas?

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Are these Braxton Hicks? I'm 17+4

I've noticed at times that my belly gets super hard and a few moments ago I felt a random cramp on the side, I touched and I felt hardness, like a ball but it disappeared very quickly (about 2 seconds). I though Braxton Hicks happened at the third trimester but it is possible I'm having them already? If so, is it normal?

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Braxton Hicks at 19 weeks

Has anyone experienced Braxton Hicks this early? I had what felt like one twice last night. I always thought they didn’t start till way later in the 3rd trimester but when I googled it, it said could be this early (19 weeks). It felt like a tightening and pressure feeling in my lower abdomen and pelvic area that lasted maybe 20 seconds. I didn’t poke around but apparently it causes the uterus to get really hard too. I’m so curious if this is what it was.

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Braxton Hicks with twins while 31+4?

I feel pretty hugely pregnant most days but today is just kicking my butt. I've had a lot of couch time while trying to keep my toddler alive. He'll be 2 next month and not being super helpful when he does things like throw the remote at my head. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

Last NST on Tuesday showed one contraction which I couldn't tell. Right now though, I feel like it's happening a bit more. I had an FFN on Monday which was negative but I feel like I've heard nothing but BEWARE OF PRETERM LABOR this entire pregnancy so even normal, to be expected Braxton Hicks are freaking me out a little.

Cervix was still measuring long, maybe it's just being more pregnant than I've ever been. Next Wednesday is my 32 week growth ultrasound. I've got 5w3d until start of delivery window, I think I may end up fully couched in the next few weeks at this rate. Husband can take carers leave to watch our son if it comes down to it. IDK, just trying to survive and not stress. Still need to pack my hospital bag and finish my birth plan in time for next Wednesday. Preparing for a house full of family for early Christmas this weekend isn't helping.

Any words of encouragement or advice are welcome.

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Braxton Hicks

This is my 3rd child, I'm currently 36 weeks and I've been having crazy Braxton Hicks for about a week or so now. I don't think they are real contractions because I sleep through them, and they arent as painful as I remember contractions being in my previous pregnancies. They aren't super painful but they take my breath away, make me feel like I wanna pee myself and make my stop what I'm doing and breathe through it. I've timed them several times for more than an hour and they are usually anywhere between 4-7 mins apart lasting 45 seconds to 1.5 minutes. I've been timing them today since 2:45 and I've had 11-12 contractions every hour which is about every 5 minutes. I haven't done anything about it because like I said I don't think they are real contractions. I don't think I'm dehydrated and they persist no matter what I'm doing, it's been 4 hours that Ive timed them today and I've rested, gotten up, picked up my oldest from school, cooked dinner and taken a bath and they've been every 5ish minutes through it all. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I be concerned? I timed them for an hour or two a few other days this week and I'm still here and pregnant so I don't think they are productive but it's just weird to me. I'm gonna mention it to my midwife on Monday at my appointment but I just wanted to see if this has happened to anyone else?

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Braxton hicks - stomach ache

27+4 FTM - over the last week or so I’ve been suffering from frequent Braxton hicks(or at least that’s what I think it is). Some of them are mildly painful, sort of like period pains, other my stomach just gets all hard. It’s been pretty bad today, and now I’m laying down trying to relax but I have this constant pain in my lower belly - sort of like a pulsating pain. Laying on the side does not help easing it. I’m thinking it could be due to the amount of contractions I’ve had earlier today, but can’t help but worrying a little bit. Anyone with experience? Can lots of Braxton hicks end up causing a general pain in the lower abdomen? I would love to call my doctor but now it’s Saturday evening so I can’t. I would then have to go to the emergency room which seems a bit excessive if this is just normal - so please share experiences

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πŸ‘€︎ u/Which-Wall5079
πŸ“…︎ Jan 22
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Braxton Hicks at 40w

I’m currently 40w+2 and have been having contractions since yesterday. after timing them, they seemed to be very sporadic (ranging anywhere from 4 minutes to 25 minutes apart). I also lost my mucus plug yesterday and decided to go to the hospital to get checked out if I was in labor. From the cervix exam, the doctor said I wasn’t in labor and these contractions are probably Braxton Hicks. I still have them today with a bit of mucus discharge. How can I get rid of these contractions? I’ve tried Tylenol, warm bath, walking, resting but these methods have only decreased the frequency of the contractions, not the pain. Also, the contractions seem to be much more frequent when I lay down so I have been sleeping sitting upright :(

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πŸ“…︎ Dec 26 2021
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Are these braxton hicks?

I'm 27+2. For maybe 2 weeks now I've been getting this strange sensation. It's never when I'm standing, I have to be lying down (side or back) or sitting. It's like I suddenly feel like I'm hanging upside down, that high pressure feeling in my head/throat/chest. It's not necessarily hard to breath, but it feels like my heart has to work a little harder, or maybe I'm just more aware of my heart beat. There's no pain. Ive checked my blood pressure during these episodes and it's normal (which for me is fairly low). It lasts maaaybe 30 sec, but probably less.

I talked to my ob and she's stumped. I Googled it and found a few posts of people saying this happens during their braxton hicks but again doctors are like "lol idk just preggo shit."

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πŸ“…︎ Dec 23 2021
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STM - A lot of Braxton hicks at 26 weeks worried about baby coming early

So I know that BH are just practice and not real early labor, but I had them consistently for over two hours last night and it makes me worry about going into labor early since this is #2 and I’m so early on. For context my son is only 11 months, almost 30 pounds and not walking yet so I’m lifting/carrying him all the time which is the biggest difference.

I also work full time so my days are usually 6/7AM - 9 PM non stop either taking care of the baby, errands, chores, cooking, etc. with no time to lay down and rest during the day or evening after I pick up baby. If I get 7 hours of sleep it’s a good night.

I’m just really concerned because I didn’t get Braxton hicks this much until way later with my son. I drink a ton of water and do eat enough so I’m thinking it’s just the physical activity and lack of rest. Any other second or third time moms that have experienced this?

Is there anything else I can do?

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