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?