I am about 23 weeks along and have been having a lot of pressure and tightening for weeks. This is my second baby.
These feel like contractions and they are probably just Braxton Hicks. I forgot to bring this up at my most recent doctor's appt, so I thought I'd ask you ladies: what was normal for you with regards to Braxton Hicks and at what point should I feel any concern?
One thing that bothers me is that I seem to have more when I am physically active. For example, while grocery shopping last night, I started feeling really tired and crampy, then started getting pretty regular feelings of tightening at the top and bottom of my belly (I've got an obvious preggo belly at this point). There wasn't any rhythm (that I noticed), but the more I walked, the worse I felt.
Also, because of back issues (herniated disc and sciatica), I'm doing physical therapy from home every day, which includes 1/2 hr to 1 hr of slow walking. Some days I definitely feel an increase in the Braxton Hicks contractions by the end of the walking session. Is this something to be concerned about?
I'd love to hear from anyone with experience on this kind of thing!