Someone is being impatient!

braxton hicks

I’m getting the distinct impression that this little girl is already starting to be impatient and demanding and I’m only 27 weeks pregnant. The lovely gentle kicks that I was so happy to start feeling have now turned into an onslaught of movements, my husband doesn’t need to put his hand on my stomach to feel her you can actually see my stomach moving already! I thought girls were meant to be more docile in the womb and it was boys that were super active, this clearly isn’t the case for me. It feels like she’s banging on the door saying ‘let me out’.

On Saturday night we went to our friends for dinner and had a lovely evening, I went to bed as normal and was awoken at about 3am feeling awful. The kind of feeling you get when you’ve drunk too much wine, this was definitely not the case unless there’s a new ingredient in lemonade I don’t know about. I think she had moved into a new lower down position inside me and I wasn’t liking it. I started to feel my stomach go really hard for about 30 seconds and then relax, I’ve been feeling the occasional tightening in my stomach but nothing regular that has caused me any pains at all.

This time though it seemed different my back was hurting and I could feel pain every time my stomach went hard, these tightenings were also coming every 7 – 10 minutes. I wasn’t overly worried as I haven’t had any other symptoms of early labour. I had a glass of water, took some paracetamol and just tried to relax and lie on my left hand side in bed. These tightenings lasted for about 2 hours before exhaustion took over and I was finally able to go to sleep.

I was a little bit worried as the time went on as I’ve been told that Baxton Hicks aren’t meant to hurt and that they are irregular, maybe getting 1-3 contractions an hour. I did have a similar experience with Ben though and this type of contractions started at week 24 and continued until he was born at week 37.

For me these did feel like period cramps although I know it is my body only practising for the D day that is hopefully still at least 10 weeks away. If this was my first pregnancy I would have been more concerned about the frequency of what I was feeling as the general advice about Braxton Hicks is they are irregular. I like to think that my body was just testing to make sure it could still feel the muscles in my stomach that have been stretched by my ever growing bump and maybe just give them a little bit of a work out.

Throughout all of this the baby was moving constantly so I knew she was OK. The general advice for mummy’s to be is;

  • drink fluids, in case dehydration is causing the contractions
  • move position
  • take some paracetamol, the midwives suggested this to me during my last pregnancy,
  • have a bath

If you do have any concerns you should contact your antenatal department or midwife for advice.

Let me know if anyone else has experienced something similar so far before your due date?

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    October 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply This Mum's Life

    I had strong and regular Braxton hicks with number one, from about 24 weeks, until the end. They would be enough to stop me in my tracks, and I’d have to stop if I was walking, until they had passed. I got them at 12 weeks with the second. The midwife told me it was ‘unlikely’ that what I was feeling was Braxton hicks, but having had them so frequently before, I knew what I was feeling!! I also had serious back pains in pregnancy, and my back has never quite been the same since, so I sympathise that you have had such serious back troubles…x

    October 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Adventures of a Novice Mum

    I remember having feelings of tightness in the tummy area but I could never quite tell if they were braxton hicks or not. SO lovely to feel so much movement, what a treat you’ve got ahead of you. All the very best as you go through the rest of your pregnancy journey and beyond #CommentLuv

    October 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Mama

    I think I’ve blocked a lot of my pregnancy out. I had some tightening when I was a bit dehydrated on a couple of occasions, sometimes quite a few for quite a while. I can’t remember when I had them though. Such a blur, sorry. I do think that often women have pretty good instincts regarding this stuff so if you’re not feeling concerned about it I’d think everything’s fine. Hope it eases up soon though, not nice being so uncomfortable.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

    October 27, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Mummy's Blog

    My baby is also in a horrible low down position at the mo and the kicks really hurt. I mentioned it to the sonographer last week when I had a scan and she just shrugged and said ‘that’s a good thing’. Hmm! I never had braxton hicks, then again I thought I was only in early labour and I was actually 10cm and ready to give birth! x #maternitymondays

    October 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply farmerswifeandmummy

    I had these early with G and they got me every time. Why is it always during the night?? Exciting times my lovely #MaternityMondays

    October 26, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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