Since 4 weeks of pregnancy, I have been scouring the net for information about pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding etc.
And, there are a lot of “pregnancy blessings @ side-effects” that we pregnant lady may experience throughout the 9 months.
One of it is, Braxton Hicks!
As early as six weeks into all pregnancies, the uterus, which is a large muscle, begins to contract rhythmically. These contractions (called Braxton Hicks contractions or `False labor`) are usually irregular and painless, and, because they usually do not cause the cervix to dilate, they do not threaten the pregnancy. They last about one to two minutes. These contractions might be noticed during the second half of pregnancy, some women don’t even notice them.
Braxton Hicks contractions aren’t usually painful, just uncomfortable. It feels like a tightening of your belly in your lower abdomen and groin.
Painless. Just uncomfortable?
Not in my case though.
You see, since week 28, I have been having this contractions quite a lot. I guess I have been having BH (Braxton Hicks) much earlier but never notice that. Perhaps, the contractions were not so strong to be noticed.
But, the first strong BH surprised me so much!
I was sleeping and suddenly awaken by this strong tightning of my belly. It was hardening like a ball of stone. Like someone was pulling my skin so tight. And, I have this incredible pressure like I need to poo!
It lasted about 1 minute.
Since then, I’ve been having Braxton Hicks on and off. There was nothing to worry about.
But, since yesterday, my Braxton Hicks are getting stronger. And, closer!
These BHs make me feel really unwell. I don’t like it when my belly hardening like a rock ball. It’s…. uh… don’t feel good.
O yes, I’m having a BH while I’m writing this…..
No wonder, most birth stories mentioned about the strong feeling to poo / to pass stool -(rasa nak berak) when the moms were in the birth phase… It was due to the uterus contractions pressing the intestine… ha…ha…ha