OK so at 18 weeks, is it normal to have Braxton-Hicks contractions?
They are not regular, and they really don't hurt - just uncomfortable - but they are definitely THERE.
I think the earliest I ever felt them before was maybe around 30 weeks.
But then, I have never been under quite this much STRESS during pregnancy!
Hubby is about to deploy, I am starting a new (PART TIME) job today, and yesterday was my birthday. It was a pretty BLAH birthday, the highlight of which was SLEEPING IN after staying up til 1 AM with hubby helping him sort and pack his gear.
And my house is a DISASTER. I am not a neat freak - by a looong shot - but I do have my limits, and I think I have figured out my clutter tolerance level (reached it and PASSED it sometime yesterday).
I know in a few days things will be much more calm, so I am just doing some more deep breathing (and a little crying, but I can still blame hormones for that, right?).
I'm a little afraid to call the doctor about these contractions, because I don't want to be put on bedrest or anything dramatic like that. My other pregnancies have all been so HEALTHY! But I will be calling just as soon as her office opens, just to make sure this is really nothing - or really just STRESS, I should say.
OOOOOHHHH just had a fantastic idea! I think I can use the stress/contractions as an excuse to get a MASSAGE! MMMMMM I feel better just thinking about it. :)