I'm 23 weeks and everyone keeps asking me if I've had braxton hicks yet, but I dont know if I have. I thought they were like contractions? I haven't had any pain at all. The only thing that's been happening is on the lower right side of my belly, it feels like it's tightening up, then when I put my hand there, it feels like a little bulge is there. I thought it was either a braxton hicks or it was just the baby with her head or butt down there.
BHs aren't usually painful. Sometimes it feels like your whole abdomen is tightening into a hard ball all over, and sometimes you can only feel it on one side or spot. You're probably having them and just don't realize it.
I'm pregnant with #6 and have had them during all six pregnancies. Mine are more like a menstrual cramp. They come suddenly so mine do hurt and I usually quince and put my hand on the area.....which is usually hard. I must look like I''m hurting because people will ask me if I'm all right.