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Old 07-30-2006, 03:14 PM   #1
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Question braxton hicks???

hi ladies.
im 23w1d pregnant and today i was getting sharp pains in my belly. I had few in my lower stomach and a few by my ribs. They didn't last very long, not even 30 seconds just a fairly quick sharp pain.

i was wondering if these could possibly be braxton hicks contractions?
what exactly do braxton hicks contractions feel like?

Also, i have read it could have to do with dehydration which could be possible because it is very hot out today.

Any other ladies had these sharp pains i described?
is it normal to experience this?

sorry, this is my first pregnancy so everything scares me

Any advice will help !!!

thanks in advance

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Old 07-30-2006, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: braxton hicks???

It could be a number of things. Braxton Hicks can start as early as 18 weeks and as long as they are only a few a day, they should be okay. If you are experiencing them several times an hour, you want to get it checked out as it could be a sign of premature labor. Also, dehydration can do that as well. Just keep an eye on it, if it gets to the point, like I said, that it's several times an hour, give the on-call doctor a call and see what they say. Keep yourself hydrated and best of luck to you.

Old 07-30-2006, 04:02 PM   #3
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Re: braxton hicks???

Braxton and hicks are not supposed to be painful. Its a tightening and release. I started having them very early (12 weeks)and it scared me. I had the sharp pain you described today when I was at the flea market.It's also VERY hot here. Once I got home to the ac I have not had them, so maybe it is the heat/hydration.
Stay hydrated and if it continues call doc.

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Old 08-01-2006, 06:29 AM   #4
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Re: braxton hicks???

I had what I thought were BH contractions around 20-21 weeks (I'm almost 23 weeks now) but after some web research I realized it was just cramping from my uterus expanding. They weren't the same as the round ligament pain I feel very low in my abdomen, instead they ran from under my rib down to my groin in one long line and lasted from 30 seconds to a minute. I also noticed that I "looked bigger" in the days following that pain (which happened for a few days 1-2 times per day). I guess it was just a growth spurt. I mentioned it to my doctor (as cramping) and he didn't seem to think it was strange or unusual.

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