I am currently 24 weeks, and have been having a tightening sensation in my uterus for the last few days. It's not constant, maybe about 10 times a day, and sometimes feels uncomfortable. I would say it lasts for 10 seconds or so. Is it too early for Braxton Hicks, or can it be something else? The baby is moving like crazy now all day, so could it be from him moving so much?
Could be just Braxton Hicks contractions, but please call your doctor. I don't want to alarm you, but it is possible it could be signs of premature labor coming on, especially if they start getting closer together. You want to make sure. Call the doctor now and let me know what is happening. I had tightenings that were dismissed by my doctors office as being muscle spasms. I knew they were wrong, but believed them anyway. I went into preterm labor at 20 weeks. Please insist on being seen.
Thank you to those who responded..... i laid down last night, and timed them for the first tim, and it was only one per hour, so I did not call the doctor. I will call first thing Monday, and see him. Thank you for all of your concern......I think I may just be nervous!
Hope you don't regret your decision to delay calling the doctor. My doctor told me he could not take good care of me and my baby if I didn't tell him what was happening. I lost a baby because I didn't want to disturb the doctor at night. Please call today.
Barbara, I know. It's so hard. And some doctors don't make women feel at ease enough with them to call when they think it's necessary. What happened to you? If you feel like talking, we can share our stories here, but maybe under a different section or something.
I agree with everyone else. I personally think its too early for BH contractions and what you have been experiencing just may be signs of preterm labor. And trust me when I tell you (from experience) you DONT want to have a baby that has to stay in the hospital in the NICU. It is very very hard. You have to put your baby first. These doctors get paid big bucks to be disturbed at all hours of the day and night. That is what they are there for. Even if this is nothing....wouldnt you feel better knowing that you found out for sure?
I called the doctor today, and he told me that it was very normal for the week that I was at, especially if you're a very active person. I feel much better, I only had 1 today. If I get any more, I will see the doctor tomorrow, or at least call, but I feel much better.
I still think it is important to be seen just to make sure the contractions didn't dialate the cervix at all. Mine were there, the next day I had none, and my cervix was open to 3 cm. There was no way to know this other than the doctor examining me.
Anyway, please keep your eyes open for any contractions that come on suddenly and become rhythmic, or closer together, any change in vaginal discharge (either in color or texture) or any menstrual like cramping (can be very mild) or lower back pain. I still wish you went in.