High amount of braxton hicks at 21 weeks

I'm on vacation visiting my in-laws and I'm having a ton of braxton hicks, I had atleast 3 or 4 in an hour last night while I couldn't sleep around 4 am. Not as many during the day, but I'm a little concerned. I get probably anywhere from 10-15 or more contractions a day. What should I do? Is this normal? I remember having contractions early on with my son but I don't remember if they were this often this soon. I never went into pre-term labor with my son he was IUGR so they took him early. Should I be concerned???

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Hi there,

Are you on 17 p shots? They will help relax the uterus. I had a lot of BHC with my son too who was born at 30 weeks (due to PPROM). I've been on the 17p shots w/ this pregnancy and even though I still get BHC, it's not as much.

I would let your OB know that you are concerned, maybe they can monitor you for contractions. Yes, they are normal but when you have more than 3 an hour you should let your Dr. know. (that's what mine said). If you are still on vacation try really drinking a ton more water (I try to drink 80-100+ oz a day), I've heard that can help until you can go see your Dr. Try not to worry... just relax and be proactive, which it sounds like you are! Best wishes-



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oops didn't mean to sign twice... crazy preggo brain. On bedrest too... that makes it worse! Hopefully my post makes sense. :) haha

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I did have BHC starting at 20 weeks, I did end up on bed rest at that point in time. However, my Dr. had every reason to be cautious because I have a unicornuate uterus, which greatly increases the risk of preterm labor. Our little guy was born at 24 3/7 because of my uterus. She called it the smallest uterus she had ever seen a baby come out of.

I would talk to your OB/GYN. Braxton Hicks are very normal and I believe they are more common earlier during a second pregnancy.

With regards to the water drinking, I actually did notice a difference when I would drink more water. Always worth to try.

Good luck to you and try not to worry too much!

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I've never labored a day in my life, so I'm no help - but I wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you and hoping everything calms down!

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Here's some info on comparing Braxton Hicks contractions to the pre-labor/labor contractions that cause the cervix to shorten and dilate. It's from www.keepemcookin.com


A lot of women will give you the evil eye if you tell them the painful contractions they have been having aren't real. And it's easy to dismiss your contractions as "Braxton Hicks," but a manual or ultrasound examination of the cervix is the only way to tell if contractions are resulting in cervical change, which is the definition of "true labor."

Also called "practice contractions" or "false labor," Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, and they may stop when you change position, lie down, or drink a few glasses of water. The amount of discomfort or pain can vary from woman to woman. "True" contractions will come at regular intervals, become more frequent, and won't stop with a change in position or by lying down or drinking water. Contractions may feel like a tightening of your belly, lower back pain, or menstrual cramps. Or all three at once! True contractions will cause your cervix to soften and dilate, which is wonderful if you are at 37 weeks or more. It means that the labor process has begun though it could be hours, days, or weeks until you are in active labor . If you haven't made it to 37 weeks yet, call your doctor immediately to see if you should come in to have your cervix checked.

If you are waiting for a return call from your doctor, drink multiple glasses of water and lie down on your left side.

Hope that helps!

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I am currently at 31 weeks pregnant and have been having BH since around 22/23 weeks. I am on the P17 shot, as well as getting the FFN test every two weeks.... so my Dr's said 4-5 contractions an hour are acceptable for me. And I have been having them! Water is the best thing I can do, personally, to relieve them. I drink 3-4 liters a day + juice and such if I'm still thirsty. Sit down if you cannot get somewhere to lay on your side.
Good luck!

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I don't want to alarm you, but at 21 weeks they are not Braxton-Hicks contractions. You should definately get to your doctor. The high risk specialist on staff at the hospital was extremely upset that my doctor did not pay attention to my early contractions. I was having 5-10 contractions per hour, but my every time I went to my OB, he checked my cervix and sent me back home. In fact, I was having placenta problems and ended up having an abruption at 25 weeks. I hope this is not the case for you. Personally, I would push for a high risk consult.

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If you are contracting get checked out by a doctor to see if they are causing any harm. More then likely they are just normal braxton hicks contractions. I had them all the time day and night from 22 weeks on! They did not do any harm tho.

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Thanks for all the advice. They have slowed down dramatically, I guess it was just stress. If they get bad again I'll drink a ton of water and see if it helps. I normally only notice them while I'm laying down or right after I use the bathroom. I think they're normal but if they do get bad and don't stop I'll definiatley just call my doctor or go to the hospital

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I'll give you our story...

DW had a "odd" cramp at 24 weeks and 5 days when I was in Iraq. She had to be at work at 5am and could have gone back to sleep.

Instead she drover 45 min to the hospital at Midnight.

The nurse checked her and she was 10m dialated and DS was kicking the nurses finger.

I could care less bout crying wolf and I will always say better safe than sorry.

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