Ok, so leave it to a first time pregnant person (me) to not know what's going on with my expanding stomach. I've never been very good at describing what's going on with my body, so when my Dr asked me at our last appointment if I had been having any braxton hicks contractions I naturally said...."I don't know, what do they feel like?" She told me they feel like a tightening in my abdomen. That description didn't really help me to grasp what I should be looking for, so I just figured I wasn't having them.
The other night when we were visiting my sister Kelsey, she asked me if I had been having any BH. I said I wasn't sure and asked her what they felt like. She said it feels like your stomach gets really really hard and tight. Hmmm, I think I've felt a hardening? Then she said it feels like the baby curls up into a tight ball and you can feel it on the surface. Ok, I've definitely been feeling that! I just thought it was a cute trick the baby was doing in there and I was pointing it out to Steve every time it happened- "Come feel, the baby's all bunched up in a super hard ball!" (Thank you to my sister for helping me figure out what BH contractions are!)
So I've been feeling them from time to time over the past few weeks, but last night I had quite a few of them and I'm wondering....should I be counting them? Can you have too many BH contractions? I counted four in an hour from 8:30-9:30 last night and then I went to bed. I'm not sure if they were brought on by the extremely hot day or what? From what I could find in my pregnancy books, dehydration and a full bladder can bring them on and as long as they aren't painful they are normal. Right around when I have a BH contraction, I have trouble catching my breath or getting a full breath, is this normal?
Anyone have any advice?