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How many weeks before giving birth did you have Braxton Hicks Contractions? (if you ever even had them)

I am almost 35 weeks pregnant and a couple days ago I started having Braxton hicks contractions. I did not have them at all during my first pregnancy. I gave birth to my daughter 3 weeks early & I'm wondering if Braxton Hicks contractions are a sign that labor might be early again or if you can have them for a few weeks before you give birth. From what I hear, you can safely have them throughout pregnancy and they do not indicate early labor. Thanks! :)

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Asked by tmp1283 at 4:33 PM on Aug. 20, 2012 in Pregnancy

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  • DS I was 34/35 weeks- somewhere in there. He was 10 days late. DD I was like 20 weeks and by 35 weeks they were pretty intense. Not painful really but REALLY tight and uncomfortable. She was a scheduled c-section 3 days before her due date but I was having real contractions that morning.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:38 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • I started feeling them around 27 weeks, I think, but I didn't know what they were until around 30 weeks. You have them throughout pregnancy, you just don't start feeling them until later usually. I had DD at 39 weeks.

    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 4:41 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • Weeks lol I had them for 3 months with each of mine.

    Answer by Dardenella at 4:44 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • If I had them, I never felt them. I have a high pain tolerance.

    As my doctor was prepping me for my daughter's planned C-section, she looked up at me at one point and asked if I was feeling the contractions I was having. I didn't feel a thing. THEN they gave me the pain meds.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 4:54 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • With my first, it was about 35-36 weeks and she was right on time (not early, not late). With my second I started having them around 25 weeks and he was a bit early, not too early.

    Answer by AF4life at 5:45 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • A few weeks

    Answer by mommys2cupcakes at 6:04 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • i started having them at 14 weeks

    Answer by nickjaykob at 6:50 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • I only had them with one of my children, and they started at 20-22 weeks...she was born almost a week late, I wouldn't worry. They say that if they are coming at regular intervals, or more than 4 an hour, to go get checked out, though.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 7:24 PM on Aug. 20, 2012

  • 1st pregnancy - miscarriage at 6 weeks
    2nd pregnancy - I didnt have any and I carried my daughter to 41 weeks and my water broke at home on its own
    3rd pregnany - miscarriage at 4 1/2 - 5 months
    4th pregnancy - I started getting them around 32 weeks and I carried my son to 40 weeks 1 day and I started contractions at home

    Answer by SMG1120 at 12:41 AM on Aug. 21, 2012

  • Around 25 weeks, this time. My OB tested me to make sure things were ok, and all is well. I am still having them, though they have slowed down.

    Answer by txdaniella at 9:40 PM on Aug. 21, 2012

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