This is my second pregnancy and i’ve been having lots of braxton hicks today. I noticed them starting around 3pm today and i’ve had about 4 every hour since. I had them a lot with my first pregnancy too but a little later in the third trimester. I thought maybe I wasn’t drinking enough water but i’ve had about 60oz now. I am pretty constipated and gassy does this contribute to them? I am trying not to freak myself out and she’s been moving around a bunch tonight but this is the most i’ve had them this whole pregnancy. I am resting at home laying down and continuing to drink water (keep having to pee though which seems to bring them on more!) Any advice on these? Any other mommas out there have them a lot?
pear / 1599 posts
A full bladder can keep them coming not helpful when u are trying to hydrate, I know. I remember that from preterm labor wth my first. This is my 3rd and I had a weekend when I was right around 27/28 weeks where I was having them every 6-9 minutes. Freaked me out but no other issues, like blood or discharge and she was moving well. I went to bed and they went away. It ended up just being a full busy weekend that was just too much for me. I did mention it to my midwife and she said if it happened again to go get checked since they were pretty regular. 35 weeks now and I get them a few times a day and then pretty regularly in the evening. But not as frequent as that one weekend in January.
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
I had them earlier and more frequently with each pregnancy so I would guess it’s all normal but definitely call if you’re not sure sometime. I think you are doing the right things ... it’s hard not to overdo once you have a kid at home already! FWIW I had a ton and never went early ... my uterus just likes to work out
persimmon / 1168 posts
@paigeface: I’m also 28 weeks and I’ve had them consistently for the past few weeks. They worried me at first but they are normal as long as they are not painful. I just find them annoying. I haven’t really kept track of how often but definitely a few everyday. I think hydrating and getting off your feet should help, if you can. Can you message your doctor just for reassurance?
grapefruit / 4144 posts
@paigeface: I began to have them at 22 weeks my last pregnancy (which was my 2nd full-term pregnancy). I REALLY thought that I would have DS prematurely; however, he was delivered at 39 weeks via c-section! 🤔🤣 I had Braxton Hicks starting at 34 weeks with DD 6-1/2 years earlier (she was delivered at 38.5 weeks). It differs by pregnancy.
Good luck and I can't wait to read your update when your LO arrives!
pear / 1728 posts
I'm 23 weeks and I'm having Braxton Hicks already. I get them in the afternoon and I'm drinking a ton of water. I think it's normal to get them earlier in subsequent pregnancies!
pomelo / 5220 posts
I think it is normal but it never ever hurts to just pop in for a check. I had my first early and I always wish I had gotten checked out. With my second, I had them and always went in if it was worrying me. He was born on time. I think the uterus is just more irritable with each subsequent pregnancy, but it never hurts to go in if they are regular at all!