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  • imagine imagine's Avatar 07-21-07 | 10:15 PM
  • Can you have Braxton hicks contractions in your lower back! I have been having these lower back cramps a few times today and they get real bad to the point Iím hunched over and then they go away my mom said it could be Braxton hicks but she had never heard of people having them in the lower back. but she said she has had back labor and it was in the lower back. but it has only happened about 4 times today so I donít think it could be early labor.
  • BnBMommy BnBMommy's Avatar 07-21-07 | 10:19 PM

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    Here is some information on BH that I had bookmarked from last time...


    What are Braxton Hicks contractions?
    Braxton Hicks are sporadic uterine contractions that actually start at about 6 weeks, although you won't be able to feel them that early. You probably won't start to notice them until sometime after midpregnancy, if you notice them at all (some women don't). They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

    As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they should remain infrequent, irregular, and essentially painless. Sometimes, though, Braxton Hicks are hard to distinguish from early signs of preterm labor.

    Play it safe and don't try to make the diagnosis yourself. If you haven't hit 37 weeks yet and you're having four or more contractions in an hour, or have any other signs of preterm labor, call your caregiver immediately.

    By the time you're within a couple of weeks of your due date, these contractions may get more intense and more frequent, and cause some discomfort. Unlike the earlier painless and sporadic Braxton Hicks contractions that caused no obvious cervical change, these may help your cervix "ripen": gradually soften and efface, and maybe even begin to dilate a bit. This period is sometimes referred to as "pre-labor."

    How can I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions?
    In the days or weeks before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may intermittently become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, at times fooling you into thinking you're in labor. But unlike true labor, during this so-called "false labor" the contractions don't grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together.

    What can I do if my Braxton Hicks contractions are making me uncomfortable?
    If you're within a few weeks of your due date, try these measures:
    • Change your activity or position. Sometimes walking provides relief, and other times resting eases your contractions. (Real labor contractions, on the other hand, will persist and progress regardless of what you do.)

    • Take a warm bath to help your body relax.

    • Try drinking a couple glasses of water, since these contractions can sometimes be brought on by dehydration.

    • Try relaxation exercises or slow, deep breathing. This won't stop the Braxton Hicks contractions, but it may help you cope with the discomfort. (Use this opportunity to practice some of the pain-management strategies you learned in your childbirth preparation class.)

    When should I call my doctor or midwife?
    Call your caregiver right away if you haven't reached 37 weeks and your contractions are becoming more frequent, rhythmic, or painful, or if you have any of these possible signs of preterm labor:
    • Abdominal pain, menstrual-like cramping, or more than four contractions in an hour (even if they don't hurt).

    • Any vaginal bleeding or spotting.

    • An increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge — if it becomes watery, mucousy, or bloody (even if it's only pink or blood-tinged).

    • Increased pelvic pressure (a feeling that your baby's pushing down).

    • Low back pain, especially if it's a new problem for you.

    If you're past 37 weeks, there's no need to call your doctor or midwife until your contractions last 60 seconds each and are five minutes apart, unless your caregiver has advised you otherwise.
  • froglegs froglegs's Avatar 07-22-07 | 08:41 PM
  • Could be early contractions...could also be back strain. At this point, the weight of the baby can easily cause your back to cramp up especially if you're doing housework, running around, etc. In either case, 4 in a day probably isn't anything to worry about.
  • kareybear kareybear's Avatar 07-22-07 | 09:16 PM

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    Good advice above.
  • koala_kaper koala_kaper's Avatar 07-23-07 | 03:42 PM
  • The only place I had BH with DS was in my lower back. I didn't feel contractions up front until I got to the hospital and they put the monitor on! With DD it was completely the opposite.