Posted by: Maryke | 2004/10/26

How many Braxton Hicks in an hour - 35 weeks

Since yesterday I'm getting 2-3 braxton hicks contractions in an hour which lasts about 60 seconds each. Is this normal? Will it increase?

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That sounds normal. They will increase closer to labour. Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come and go rather than staying regular.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/26

So long as they are irregular thats fine. If they start to become regular, you're in labour. When you have 3 in ten minutes - get to hospital or wherever you're having your baby.

At 35 weeks, you're a bit early, I'd suggest contacting your gynae.

If you have a show (the mucus plug comes out), things are starting to happen.

I didn't realise I was in labour (I was full term though), and went grocery shopping. It was only when the contractions started to interfere with my shopping that I realised something was going on.

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Posted by: Blue Eyes | 2004/10/26


I read about them the other day. They said that you should not have more than 4 every 0.5 hour and not more than 8 every hour.

Hope that helps !

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Posted by: Norma | 2004/10/26


don't know if this is normal, but I also experienced more towards the end. Just make sure it's Braxton Hicks and not labour...... Your body is preparing for labour, as you don't have long to go.

Good luck

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