Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

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Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby funobulaks » Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:32 pm

I am 29 weeks pregnant with twins and I having a hard time distinguishing my babies movements from Braxton hicks. I started having BH early in pregnancy (16 weeks) and they were easy to feel then, but now that I have more than 6 lbs of baby body parts in there, I am just not sure anymore. Any advice?
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby buggie » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:27 pm

No advice, but I had the exact same problem!! My braxton hicks also started very early, 13 or 14 weeks I swear! But I always thought it was movement. I'd feel a hard place and think it was a head, but it was a contraction. My boys were born at 29 weeks (so you're already ahead of me!) but the BH hadn't done anything at all, cervically speaking. The last month or two at least I felt like every time I moved or rolled over or exerted myself I would have BH contractions.
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby babydust2me » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:19 am

I started having BH around 17-18 weeks and I thought it was movement at first, until I felt movement around 20 weeks and realized I could tell the difference. BH was more of my belly just feeling tight and it was more all over for me. The first movements felt like popcorn popping but later I could feel them just moving around. I was about 27 weeks when I saw them moving from the outside.

It's been long enough now I can't specifically describe the movements anymore, but I do remember BH were more just steady pressure for lack of a better word, where as movements were not so consistent in terms of what I was feeling. Does that help at all?
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby bakermommy » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:50 pm

Braxton Hicks for me just always took my breath away. I didn't have them too early with my twins but they started at like 16 wks or so with my singleton.

No advice just wanted to give you another example of what someone's felt like.
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby sugarplum1922 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:57 am

Braxton hicks are for sure a strange feeling. At first, they just feel like a tightening of you uterus, but late into my pregnancy with my son (around 33 weeks) they started coming on stronger, more pressure, a feeling of being out of breath, and just an overall uncomfortable feeling accompanied them! There were times when I thought I was in labor---and my contractions showed up like mountains on the machine, but then they would subside, and go away.
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby momma34 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:09 pm

Funo, I dont know if it is different with twins - but with my first pregnancy I did have BH - they were never painful for me. My ENTIRE stomach felt hard. It would be hard, and then it would just go away. Conversely, when my son would move and his back was to my side, that side would feel hard but the rest of my stomach wouldn't. I dont know if with twins it is harder because if both of the twins have their backs to your stomach maybe the whole stomach will feel hard, but in the end, I guess best guess would be if you feel soft areas too, then it is probably not BH.
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Re: Distinguishing Braxton hicks from movement

Postby sunmaid » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:37 am

When I had Braxton hick, it felt like my whole belly turned into a bowling ball. It was just round and hard and THERE. I didn't have pain with them. I'm sure with two babies you have a lot more hard butts and backs and heads pressing on you. I remember I got them mostly at night and when I turned over in bed. But I didn't get them until about 36 weeks... could have been early labor. But that's what it felt like to me.
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