A 26-year-old female asked:
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how do i tell the difference between braxton hicks contractions and actual contractions?

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Dr. Cathleen London
25 years experience Family Medicine
Labor: Labor is defined as contractions that cause cervical change. By definition contractions that do not cause change are braxton hicks.
Answered on Apr 3, 2014

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