Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

everything i keep readin say that braxton hicks arent painful

that they are just tighting of the lower belly! Im having cramps that hurt!! not like crying hurt but they hurt!

Answer Question

Asked by amylynn4919 at 10:29 PM on May. 30, 2010 in Pregnancy

Level 4 (35 Credits)
Answers (6)
  • BH can be uncomfortable, but they are not supposed to hurt. If you are having painful contractions, time them, and call your doctor if you're having more than you should. How far along are you?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Braxton Hicks feel like very strong menstrual cramps in my opinion

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 10:55 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • mine take my breath away sometimes and wake me up out of a dead sleep!

    Answer by randilinn at 10:59 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • When they say they don't hurt, I think they mean in comparison to real true labor contractions. I only had them with my last pregnancy (#3) and the tightening can get pretty uncomfortable. But compared to real's a breeze!

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:11 AM on May. 31, 2010

  • There is no "should" or "shouldn't."

    Answer by doulala at 2:40 AM on May. 31, 2010

  • I went into preterm labor a month ago, so without going into the whole story, here's what I learned:

    Up to 4 per hour is totally normal, even with discomfort. 
    5 or more per hour over the course of two or more hours is concerning. 
    Keep a piece of paper or notepad by your bed and jot the time, duration and whether or not they hurt.  Lay down on your left side and keep counting them.  If they aren't alleviated by the change in activity after two hours, call your OB.

    This may be your body's way of telling you to slow down and take it easier.  Listen up!


    Answer by TTC2Long at 7:33 PM on Jun. 1, 2010

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.