Braxton Hicks Contractions

Last night, at approximately 3am, I experienced what I believe was my first Braxton Hicks contraction. It was a very sharp pain on my lower right side, and my tummy was rock hard. It lasted for about 30 to 40 seconds, and then it was okay. It caught my breath and I actually held it until I realized that the head nurse who taught our prenatal childbirth class told us to continue to breathe to bare through the pain. By the time I did that, the contraction was just about over. I went back to sleep.

Boy, if it gets much worse than this during labor, I’m gonna be in trouble. Heh. I’m preparing myself now!

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I started getting those early as well. I did the same thing as you, I’d stop breathing until I realized I stopped breathing and then the contraction would be over.

I hate to tell you, it gets way worse. I think the easiest thing for me was allowing myself to believe it gets a lot worse, I felt more prepared for it that way, and it made it a bit easier. But gosh it still hurts! The braxton hicks contractions, as much as they can hurt are no where near the intensity of real ones.

yeah, I get them too. But usually when I am exercising or walking. They have never woken me up or anything. Yep, getting prepared!

A toni braxton what now? you’re going to make me google that aren’t you?

I think I held my breath through mine too! I remember them coming a lot when I would be in the middle of doing something around the house. I’d have to stop and hunch over, but they weren’t all that painful. It gets worse but if you go into this relaxed, you’ll do great.

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