So I figure it must be Braxton Hicks because I am only 35 weeks and they have been happening regularly for a week or two now. (Although they are starting to happen more often.)

My question has anyone else had really strong Braxton Hicks also? By memory I had them with my first pregnancy but they were only 20% of the strength of these, they certainly never took my breath away.
Is it normal for them to increase with the pregnancies?

I am carrying 50% less weight than last time so I wonder if I am noticing them more?

My stomach muscles (and other muscles) tighten incredibly, and my belly becomes rock hard.

I am working full-time and its starting to get really uncomfortable. Any ideas how to ease them?

Maybe a silly question, but from anyone's experience, does it mean the baby is likely to be early with such strong BH's?