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I am around 37 weeks pregnant now and have been having an increased amount of Braxton Hiks contractions over the past few days. They come in waves of about three to four at a time, and then they stop and the baby moves a lot afterwards. Sometimes they are accpmpanied with back pain, and sometimes they aren't. Sometimes they hurt and sometimes they don't. They seem to happen more if I am out doing something such as shopping or walking, and don't go away when I sit down but die down on thier own eventually anyway and sometimes it can be like 6 hours before the next wave starts. Some of them have been less than 4 minutes apart, but then the baby moves and she is not suposed to move between actual contractions I have read. I have not called the doctor about it yet because I am fairly sure they are Braxton Hicks contractions, but it seems wierd that I have been getting them so often lately. Is this normal? Should I try to rest more if activity is causing this? Has anyone else expirienced this?
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replied April 20th, 2011
I have similar experience. I'm 36 weeks. Yes, you should try to rest! I think it is our body's way of saying - slow down, mama! It isn't a bad idea to check in with your care provider, however, and get their opinion. My midwife came over the other night because I was convinced it was true labor. Turns out it wasn't, but it helped me to relax knowing she was there. You might feel better just talking to someone about it.
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