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What are braxton hicks contractions?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Practice contraction: Braxton hicks contractions can happen at anytime during your pregnancy. They tend to be milder and more irregular than the contractions you get during labor. In general they are practice contractions that normally occur. If you have contractions more than 4 times in an hour and are preterm, you should call your doctor.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Uterine contractions: Braxton hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won't be able to feel them that early. You probably won't start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (some women don't.) they get their name from john braxton hicks, an english doctor who first described them in 1872.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Not true labor: Although braxton hicks contractions can come every few minutes like true contractions, bh contractions don’t get more frequent over time, but rather usually go away, often with rest. Also, bh contractions, unlike true contractions generally don't get stronger and more painful over time.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I manage braxton-hicks contractions?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Abdominal support : By definition, braxton-hicks contractions are painless and do not lead to early labor. There is not much you can do to make them go away. Some people find an maternity abdominal binder helpful.
A 20-year-old member asked:

When do you feel braxton hicks contractions?

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Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
2nd or 3rd trimester: Braxton hicks contractions are most commonly felt during the 3rd trimester, though they may begin in the 2nd trimester. Dehydration can increase the amount of these contractions. It's different for everyone, and not every pregnant woman will experience braxton hicks contractions.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

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Dr. Laurence Fakinos
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Cramping: Pregnant women experience braxton-hicks in many different ways. Most commonly they feel like menstrual cramps, tightening or hardening of the abdomen, pelvic pressure, and low back ache.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does everyone get Braxton Hicks contractions?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: The uterus is a muscle and like all muscles contracts periodically during the pregnancy. Some people "feel" these contractions more than others.

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