I am 27 weeks pregnant and have been having Braxton Hicks contractions really frequently and I am not sure if I should be worried. I seem to be having them every 20-30 minutes today. I don't recall them ever being so frequent with my first baby so I am not sure what to think. Any thoughts?

asked 13 Nov '09, 02:54

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I would strongly recommend you see your doctor, or get monitored in your hospital to ensure that they are just braxton hicks and nothing else is going on. There are several factors that could cause you to have more contractions than normal, such as stress, dehydration, etc. Once you have established that you're not going into preterm labour, than I would try to take it easy, monitor your contractions, and make sure that they stay the same or decrease and don't get any worse.

I've read it in several books that if you have any more than 3-4 in one hour you should contact your doctor. From Think Baby Website

At any point in your pregnancy, if the Braxton Hicks contractions become regular - several in one hour rather than once or twice a day - and do become painful, call your GP or midwife.

In my experience when I was pregnant with my twins, I spent one night in the hospital and was put on monitors several other times to monitor my braxton hicks contractions I was having. As early as 28 weeks, I was having consistent contractions, sometimes as often as every 5 minutes which always scared my nurses but my doctor assured me that I was fine as I was not feeling any pain, just tightness. Whenever I was released from the hospital, I was told that if I had anymore than 6 in one hour, then I should head back to the hospital to ensure I wasn't going into early labour. From that point onward, I had consistent contractions, sometimes as many as 9 in one hour and I never went into labour, I had a scheduled c-section.

I'm sure everything is perfectly fine with your little one, but you may as well get checked out. I'm sure it'll help your stress level if nothing else :)


answered 13 Nov '09, 04:03

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I agree. However, I was actually dilating several cm an hour without my contractions hurting so apparently they don't always hurt when you're in labor.

(13 Nov '09, 15:13) Kiesa ♦

With my first, I had very few BH contractions and what I did have were mild. With my second I started having them around 20 weeks or so. They came more frequently and were more intense than the few I had the first time around. I was told to walk around when the started. If they increased then I should contact or go to the hospital. But usually walking and being active will decrease BH contractions.


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