29wks Bad Braxton Hicks

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whatisgoingon - October 11

Could I be having Braxton Hick Contractions this afternoon/evening because I am exhausted? What causes them? I am really tired, and have been pushing myself at the moment. Been working all day - baby sitting friends 2yr old for few hours in afternoon and by evening I am absolutely fatigued. It's really hot weather here and it's hitting me hard already, not even summer yet! Yikes! The contractions are uncomfortable and tight - around the sides of my stomach and upper/lower also. Have got lower-middle back ache and sometimes I am getting a sharp twang around my stomach in certain areas. Sitting, walking, lying down hasn't helped this evening so far. I thought Braxton Hicks go away with doing another activity?

 

whatisgoingon - October 11

Forgot to mention also - has anyone developed nausea in their 3rd trimester? Mine has started again over the last 2 weeks, only in the mornings and evenings though. Not anything like the first trimester and no vomitting, just a general queasiness/yucky stomach feeling. Can the nausea be caused by the stomach being shifted position up higher or the baby kicking it? I asked the Dr last appointment, he said its normal for some women to develop nausea again in their final trimester. Seems everything I mention to the Dr they always put down to "normal pregnancy" but can't explain WHY! It's sort of frustrating!

 

Tory1980 - October 11

It sounds like Braxton Hicks and they occur frequently. It is just sometimes women don't notice them. What concerns me is the fact you have tried different positions and nothnig is easing them. BH's can be painful but they usually fade after a change in position or resting. Have you tried drinking? Of the non alcholic variety! Sometimes the cramping can be worse if you are dehydrated and if it is hot (where are you?) then you will become dehydrated a lot quicker than you would have pre=pregnancy . As for the nausea I am right there with you! This is my fourth pregnancy and I never got sick in the last trimester but for about a week now I just feel horrible all day. I haven't been sick yet but it has come close and it doesn't matter if I eat or drink the feeling won't shift! The reason Doctor's put everything down to normal pregnancy is because to be honest pregnancy is still an enigma for everyone - doctors included. Every womans pregnancy is different as is every womans baby and delivery. Therefore what you experience is 'normal' for YOUR pregnancy. Like I said this is my fourth baby (sixth pregnancy) and I have never had the same symptoms, or carried the same way. All my labours have been vastly different and yet the three I have are all boys!!!!

 

Tory1980 - October 11

Oh and I would go back to your doctor for a check-up. I forgot to say that nausea along with cramping that doesn;t ease from a change in position or from drinking can often be signs of pre-term labour. Not always but they can be a warning. Good luck!

 

whatisgoingon - October 11

I am from QLD, Australia. Tropical North - right on the water near the Great Barrier Reef. :) Very hot here. It feels a little better now after dinner and a drink, still tense and uncomfortable but not painful..just annoying. I have brought my concerns up with my Dr many a times and he says everything in the pregnancy is normal and going great and not to worry about a thing. Yet, I still can't shake this feeling that I wont be going to the full 40 weeks. I have had a feeling since day dot that my little man will come early, I don't know why I just have this intuition. I only saw the Dr the other day and had my blood glucose test done and my general check up, everything was doing perfectly. I was measuring 4wks ahead large at my last appointment, but this week at the Dr's I was only measuring a week ahead large instead. The Dr said that is pretty normal and most women fluctuate, but if I continue to measure large my little boy might just arrive early 37wks onwards as he may run out of room and be ready to greet the world! Either way I am excited to meet him and just hope that when the time comes for me to deliver that it isn't too early and that my little boy is healthy and happy and ready for the big arrival :)

 

falafal0 - October 11

Hi whatisgoingon, I'm in Perth, 34 wks and have also BH like yours. I'm onto my fifth baby now, and they've gotten stronger and more intesne and have started more early with each baby. I can't walk when I get them, and if I try, I look and feel plain stupid! Nothing more than a st_tch pain though, I'd keep an eye on them and if they regular, then call or go to the hospital to be checked out. It's the regularity they say that you have to watch our for. i have REALLy fast labors and have been told it's because of the BH gearing up. I'm kind of in labour at the ned but don't know it. Mistook contraction for bad BH last time and midwife didn't kae it. This time around, the SECOND I feel more pain than twinge, I'm calling her! Good luck - Great Barrier Reef? Lovely.

 

Tory1980 - October 11

whatisgoingon, can we swap? I am in Northern Ireland. I would excahnge the heat for ths weather any day! LOL! I had that feeling with my first baby and he was delivered at 34weeks. I had a bleed at 29weeks and regualr contractions althought hey said because they were never completely in a pattern that it was irritable uterus and to expect me to have the baby early. Sometimes moms intuition is right. I have the same feeling with this one and so far have had regular contractions for the past few weeks but they are doing nothing other than tell me to watch for fluid or bleeding. I guess it is a waiting game for all of us. Babies grow at different rates and at different times during pregnancy as a lot depends on how the baby is lying etc as to how they measure.

 

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