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Hey…I`m 34 weeks pregnant and this afternoon I keep getting a tightening…crampy kind of feeling down the sides and across the top of my stomach…it`s more high up than low down…but it`s quite painful. It keeps getting worse then going off a bit. I just wondered if anyone has anything similar or knows what it could be please?

Sophie asked
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    Yea ive experienced that it should be braxton hicks contractions but if you really are worried i would advise you to speak to either your midwife or doctor about it

    i-am-pregnant answered
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      Sounds like Braxton Hicks. Your body is preparing for labour.

      MelissaJoanne answered
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        b/h but they will come and go – contractions will get closer together and stronger if your in labour. take care x

        niki answered
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          Could be Braxton Hicks, or could be real contractions? Do they go away if you change positions or walk around? Or does drinking a lot of water help them go away? Normally a BH will not be really painful, and they aren’t regular nor would they increase in intensity. If you are experiencing these pains more and more frequently, on a steady basis, and they keep getting worse or won’t go away with changing positions and such, I would call the doc!

          i-am-pregnant answered
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            Braxton Hicks Contractions: Can be very strong and painful at times! They occur more when you are dehydrated as your uterus is actually irritated from the lack of water in your system and contracts in response. IF you have these very frequently, drink water and see if they go away. However, Braxton hicks contractions do train your uterus for labour and prepare baby for the upcoming show. If the contractions don’t go away and become regular, then there’s a good chance you may be in early labour and should go to the hospital or see your doctor immediately.

            Debra answered
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              I’ve been having it for a couple weeks now, I went to the doctor for my check up and he said it sounded like I was having braxton hicks, to sit down and rest for about 15mins and then go on about what I was doing, you can also take tylenol if its really bad or seems to bother you. Braxton hicks is just its way of getting you prepared for the real deal in the next few weeks :) goodluck!

              Mommyof2boys answered
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                It is Braxto Hicks contractions. They are like practice contractions. They can feel pretty real at times. Just relax and drink lots of fluids.

                Melanie07 answered
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                  it could be braxton hicks time them if they are regular it could be preterm labor.

                  LMO answered
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                    time theme if they form a pattern you are having contractions if not they are braxton hicks if they do form a pattern and you have more than 4 in one hour you could be in preterm labor and you need to go to the hospital to stop them since you are only 34 weeks and it’s best to keep baby in till at least 37 weeks

                    i-am-pregnant answered
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                      Time it, because it sounds like contractions. Time how many you have in an hour! If they reach 5 min. apart then go to the hospital or just call up now and ask if they want you to come in.

                      Cindie answered
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                        This sounds like Braxton Hicks, if they begin to get stronger and come faster then you should go in because it could be actual labor.

                        mommyof3 answered
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                          BRAXTON HICKS MY DEAR… getting you ready for the big day!!! WHOOT WHOOT your almost there.. wish you all the luck and I LOVE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE!! wow

                          Baby3OnWay answered
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                            They are probably Braxton Hicks. Do they go away when you lie down? If you are finding that the pain is getting worse and closer together you may want to get it checked out. BH usually slow down when you take it easy and get worse when you are busy.

                            i-am-pregnant answered
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                              i was just checking others responses cuz i had that tightening last night. the thing is im only going on 24 weeks. wonder if that is normal. if u find out more let me know

                              Christina1984 answered
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                                Yep they are braxton hicks, I have had them very intermittantly from week 10!..at 34 weeks thou havin not had them before I would see how regularly and strong your gettin them xx

                                Natrob answered
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                                  Sounds like braxton hicks. .I would time them and wait for about 2 hours. .if they get worse call doctor. But most of the time they will go away

                                  njstewy answered
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                                    If they become regular or timeable, then I would call your OB. Until then, just keep track of it and your babies movements. Probably just those good old warm up contractions! Good luck!

                                    jen answered
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                                      Sounds like Braxton Hicks

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