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Old 06-10-2010, 02:53 PM
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WTF Braxton hicks already?

OK I think it is slightly ridiculous I am already having TONS of BH contractions. I drink so much water I could pee in a glass and serve over ice it is so clear. Baby is fine, I am doing what I am supposed to. This is just annoying. Last time they did not start until 28 weeks, I am 19 weeks, I get 9 extra weeks of this?????? /rant
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:07 PM
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my bh started way early with devon. it turned out that i had an extremely irritable uterus. all her movements caused my uterus to contract. oftentimes it's nothing to worry about, but sometimes (like in my case) you really need to try to take it easy.
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:34 PM
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my bh started way early with devon. it turned out that i had an extremely irritable uterus. all her movements caused my uterus to contract. oftentimes it's nothing to worry about, but sometimes (like in my case) you really need to try to take it easy.
I am hoping that it doesn't cause a problem... I am sitting on my ass at work. But J wants me to mow the lawn when I get home from work. He had hernia surgery and can't do ANYTHING!
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if you mow the lawn, go slow and drink lots of fluids.

from a medical standpoint, there is a difference between Braxton-Hicks contractions and an irritable uterus, and yet another difference between thos two and preterm labor.

BH contractions, as we know, are irregular mild tightening contractions that actually start as soon as you're pregnant. most women don't perceive them until the middle or early third trimester...and, most women will feel/recognize then earlier in each successive pregnancy because a) we recognize them and can differentiate them from fetal movement, b) we are often busy caring for other children and may not be hydrating as much (Liz I drank troughs of water and still got BH too) and c) the uterus does become more irritable according to the more pregnancies you have, the amount of time between pregnancies, etc. but the contractions are still considered BH unless and until they become regular, painful, and efface/dilate the cervix.

Irritable uterus is a blanket statement for a uterus that show erratic, short contractions...they may be every 2-3 minutes, but last only a few seconds, then the next one may last 2-3 minutes. the contractions really are all over the place, and difficult to monitor. in most cases, these also don't cause cervical change either, but rarely can lead to preterm labor.

of course, a diagnosis of PTL is made if cervical effacement and dilation result from contractions...and as cat can tell you, medicine and bedrest can stop PTL.

Liz, it's normal. . Annoying, but completely normal.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:01 PM
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Same here. My BH started a few weeks ago too. Completely normal, but scared me as well.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:12 PM
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You are not supposed to mow lawns while pregnant Liz
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:21 PM
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^ i did.

hubby traveled a lot when i was preggers with several of them. i had to do it until either he was around to mow or we found a good lawn service.

with a self-propelled mower it's really no more strenuous than taking a walk with a stroller, provided your yard isn't hilly or uneven. i wouldn't do a hilly yard preggers.

of course, if you're at risk...DON'T!
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:45 PM
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^I read that the fumes are the reason.
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Old 06-10-2010, 07:07 PM
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Liz, my BH's started really early with Fletcher too. And we all know how stubborn this little boy was to come out. I wouldn't worry
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Thanks so much for reassurance! I mowed the lawn and drank tons of water. Our yard is totally flat and it wasn't strenuous at all. The BH have slowed down too and I have been CHUGGING water.
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^I read that the fumes are the reason.
I've never heard of that. . I'll see what I find, but I think since you're outside it's well-ventilated. Hmmm...food for thought.

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Thanks so much for reassurance! I mowed the lawn and drank tons of water. Our yard is totally flat and it wasn't strenuous at all. The BH have slowed down too and I have been CHUGGING water.
glad the BH slowed; be sure to empty your bladder often too; a full bladder irritates the uterus too...nice vicious cycle.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:22 AM
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I think I might be feeling those too... It feels like a little hard rock/ball down in my pelvis. Usually it's my signal that I've been overdoing it a bit. When I relax it goes away. I don't remember having these last time until I was in the 3rd trimester.

I'm so glad that there are so many others on here that are due around the same time as me... It makes all these "weird" things less weird!! Thanks!
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