The hardness you are feeling are braxton hicks contractions. They generally aren’t anything to worry about but since they are coming regularly you may want to let your Dr. Know. Babies gender can be detected as early as 14 weeks as long as the ultrasound machine can get a clear reading.
sounds like Braxton hicks to me, when the tightening starts to hurt and gets to be more consistent…well thats labor :). Also if they build, start mild and get worse and then get better again, thats a real contraction. But to answer your question…yes very normal. I promise you will be able to tell the difference between the real and the practice 🙂
Oh boy! That is a contraction and could be the start of labor. Brazton Hicks do that, but so do contractions of early labor. Call your doctor and let them know. They may want to see you to see if you are dilated at all. Otherwise, they will probably tell you to wait it out at home until they pick up and become stronger and more regular. Good luck!!!
Braxton hicks! Drink water to stay hydrated. They will come on more if you are dehydrated. When dyhydrated, the uterus will get irritated and contract more because it needs so much water to stay healthy. You need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day! Lots of trips to bathroom then. Braxton hicks are normal and prepare baby and uterus for the upcoming show. THey can also be painful. IF they are coming on regularily and don’t go away with water or a position change, then you may be in labour and should contact your doctor.
From my experience- BH start around 6 weeks or so- but at that point they aren’t strong enough to feel until further along in the pregnancy. I would have to say that what you are feeling is normal- but they should remain infrequent with no real discernable pattern. Contractions can also be brought on by dehydration so make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids. You’re at 37 weeks though- the extra practice rounds are kicking in for you! Good luck to you for your delivery…take care.
Yes these are very normal, it sounds like Braxton Hicks contractions. These might go on for a while but they shouldn’t progressively get worse and start coming at shorter intervals. If they start coming quicker and getting stronger you need to go in because that’s true labor.