I am just starting my 24th week of pregnancy and within the last month have noticed that my abdomen has been swelling sometimes, getting extremely hard and lumpy, and then after 15-20 seconds, or changing positions, it goes back to normal. When my stomach hardens, it feels very tight but besides the pressure, is completely painless. From the research I have read and researched online, this seems to be the Braxton Hicks contractions?
I told one of my pregnant friends and they told me that it was abnormal and possibly dangerous to be getting these so "early" in the pregnancy. (although 6 months hardly seems early to me). I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday so I will make sure to speak with her about it, but in the meantime just wanted to see if anyone else has ever experienced this? And if so, is it bad to be feeling these contractions, even though they are painless? OR atleast to be feeling them at 24 weeks???