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    Just wondering if many people have had painful Braxton Hicks contractions. I have been having braxton hicks for quite sometime but last night they got real painful like a period type cramping feeling.

    My belly would tighten and i would get a cramp and then when the tightening went away so did the cramping, this happened for about 4 hours. I had a hot shower and it seemed to slow down after that.

    Are they painful Braxton Hicks or could they be something else getting my body ready for labour?


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    Oh yes!! I have been getting Braxton Hicks since 25 weeks, and they have only been getting more painful. Some nights I can't even get to sleep they are that bad, I have to walk around and take panadol. Apparently they can get worse with each pregnancy, so, if this is your first they shouldn't get too bad.

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    I had painful ones the other morning, and i still get them since then, but this one particular morning it was so bad.
    I dont know exactly how long i had them for, but it was well over an hour. i had 'normal' period pain, but every 5 or so mins id get a tightening and the period pain would be so painful, and would wrap right around the my lower back as well. I was literally doubled up in pain.
    If your concerned maybe call your MW or OB??

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    This is my second baby and i didnt get any braxton hicks at all with the first one so its all new to me.

    I'm not worried about going into labour as i have a feeling the baby is a long way off coming.

    This is the first time though that they have been painful, they have never been painful before this.

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    Hi Ange
    for some women Braxton Hicks can be quite painful. Sometimes walking can help to ease them but this can be a little difficult due to the pain. If it is really bad a couple of panadol may help

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    I've had an increase in Braxton Hicks over the last 3 weeks and they have become more intense as time has passed. I've gone from having them in the evenings to pretty much any time of the day. It's funny but I have started to get used to them even the painful ones. I have found walking, laying down and warm showers helpful in coping with discomfort and pain.

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