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Braxton Hicks - to wait or not to wait until the next appointment to ask doc about them

They feel like normal Braxton Hicks (this is my second pregnancy); and not even very painful, just very noticeable - if that makes sense.

But this time I started getting them in my 19th week of pregnancy (over this last week)...I don't think I got them until after my 30th week in my last pregnancy.

Anyway, I hear it's normal to get them earlier in a second pregnancy, but not sure how early is normal. I can always contact my doctor by e-mail or phone, but if it's not a big deal, I'll just wait until my next appointment on March 1st.

What would you do?

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Asked by mogencreative at 10:48 PM on Feb. 9, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • I got them at about 16 weeks with baby #3. UGH! 20 weeks of them! no fun! LOL (she was born at 36 weeks)

    I'm no doctor, but from the sounds of it it's just braxton hicks so I'd wait.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on Feb. 9, 2010

  • I got them at the end of my 4th month this time(3rd pregnancy). They can start at anytime. Probably do start earlier each pregnancy. Mine always started 5-6 months. I wouldn't be worried. I'm 30 weeks today and my doctors not once asked me about them, unless they're really painful or don't go away or too frequent, I wouldn't worry. Mine are pretty darn uncomfortable, but not yet painful, although close. They were pretty mild when they started and have gotten more uncomfy as I get farther along. Oh, also, if you're slightly dehydrated you can get them more, so drink more water too!

    Answer by Rachell9503 at 12:30 AM on Feb. 10, 2010

  • Thanks for your answers!

    Yeah, they're not horribly painful these days; mostly just annoying.

    Answer by mogencreative at 3:15 PM on Feb. 10, 2010

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