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A 27-year-old female asked:

Im preganat, and i don't know what the difference between a contraction and a braxton hicks?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Pregnancy: The difference is that braxton hicks are ineffective and the cervix does not change or dilate. Real contractions cause the water to break and the cervix to begin changing in preparation of delivery.
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