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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Braxton Hicks Contractions

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Do braxton hicks contractions cause your cervix to dilate?

Do braxton hicks contractions cause your cervix to dilate?

No: The definition of braxton hicks contractions are false contractions but do not cause your cervix to dilate. If your cervix is dilating, they are real contractions. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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How long do braxton hicks contractions last before you actually go into labor?

How long do braxton hicks contractions last before you actually go into labor?

Varies : Some have braxton hicks others don't. It is not related to going into labor. Some feel them all the time for months. Some never. ...Read more

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Im experiencing braxton hicks contractions at 36 weeks every 20 min all day and diarhea also is this normal?

Im experiencing braxton hicks contractions at 36 weeks every 20 min all day and diarhea also is this normal?

At 36 weeks: you should be in contact with your OBGYN who should answer ALL of your questions since HE/SHE knows YOUR pregnancy best! It would be FOOLISH for anyone to comment about you present clinical situation (although I would guess its "normal") Good Luck and I hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can braxton hicks contractions cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.

Can braxton hicks contractions cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.

Not really : If you have contractions that are causing cervical dilatation and effacement, we would call it labor, in your case preterm labor. If you are having labor contractions, we would not call it braxton hicks contractions. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my Braxton Hicks Contractions are happening more often as in everyday and my I am having back pains and my belly is starting drop?

To be expected: It is very usual to have increasing Braxton hicks contractions as pregnancy progresses and you are closer to your due date. Remember to contact your obstetrician once your contractions become so strong your are breathing through them and they are occurring every 8-10minutes apart, if you have a gush of water or any bleeding. Of course contact your doctor sooner if you are less than 37 weeks. ...Read more

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When do you feel braxton hicks contractions?

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. ...Read more

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How can I manage braxton-hicks contractions?

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. ...Read more

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Braxton Hicks Contractions (Definition)

Braxton hicks contractions are "practice contractions". They are tightening of the uterine muscles for 1-2 minutes that are felt in the ...Read more