I don’t think I would have recognized it if I hadn’t felt one before, but I swear I started feeling contractions as early as 6-8 weeks this time around. I might sound crazy, but I’m not kiddin’.
The Braxton Hicks have kept up since then, but over the last week and at 30 weeks pregnant, they’ve really picked up in frequency. Though not necessarily too intense, I still find these contractions a wee bit unnerving: I get all hot and bothered, flushed, and my heart starts racing—all a little too often, I thought.
So I decided to track them for an hour a few days ago. Here’s what my log looked like:
3:20 Braxton Hicks
3:40 Braxton Hicks
3: 48 Braxton Hicks
3:53 Braxton Hicks
4:03 Braxton Hicks
That’s five contractions in just over 40 minutes. I’ve read if you have more than four in an hour, you should call your doctor—especially if they’re accompanied by any other signs of preterm labor. (Mine haven’t been.) I did some fishing around on the internet, and here are some “homemade” remedies for slowing down Braxton Hicks contractions:
1: Drink water, and lots of it.
2: Rest, and put your feet up.
3: Lay on your left side.
4: Take a walk or change your activity level.
5: Take a warm bath.
Of course, it’s always best to check in with your doctor. Mine doesn’t seem overly concerned, as long as they continue to be irregular. I think I’ll keep logging, just in case. And trying to drink more water, but seriously, how much toilet paper must one pregnant lady go through in one day?
Anyone else having frequent contractions early in the third trimester? What are your thoughts/concerns?