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What are braxton hicks contractions?

What are braxton hicks contractions?

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. ...Read more

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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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Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Cervical change: Braxton-Hicks contractions are real contractions, but are not putting you into labor, as evidenced by changing your cervix. Keep well hydrated, and time them. If they are coming ever 5 minutes, you need to be evaluated by your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Does everyone get Braxton Hicks contractions?

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

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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

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Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Does tylenol (acetaminophen) help braxton hicks contractions ?

Possible : It may relieve the pain and doesn't hurt you or baby to take on occasion when you are having these contractions. ...Read more

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How to relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions at 23 weeks?

Braxton hicks 23 wks: Call your doctor this AM and discuss. Usually do not have B-H that early (usually 3rd trimester, 2nd is early, so is a bit early) may be UTI or pre-term labor. Drink water and do not dehydrate as that can precipitate. Relax, lie down. Call you doctor this AM immediately ...Read more

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Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

For some: Some feel cramping at this time. Some do not. If you feel your are out of the ordinary contact your obgyn for evaluation to exclude preterm labor ...Read more

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Are braxton hicks ok at 28 weeks?

Are braxton hicks ok at 28 weeks?

Still contractions: Braxton-hicks although normal @ 28 weeks are still contractions. If they are recurrent (> 4/hour), cause pelvic pressure or persistent pain, or increased mucousy vaginal discharge, get checked by your ob. Try to limit any activities that cause these contractions (intercourse, exercise, lifting, etc) & call your OB if any of these signs of preterm labor persist or worsen. Take care. ...Read more

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When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

Nope!: You trade up for the real things! some labor contractions aren't even as painful as some braxton-hicks, but they eventually make it there. ...Read more

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Do braxton hicks usually occur at night?

Braxton Hicks: These can occur at ANY time of the day or night. For some strange reason, however, they are more common at night. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

Pain & frequency: True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache. True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap. ...Read more

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How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

Timing is everything: If the frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions with a timed shortened interval, then that is actual labor when it gets down to 5 to 7 minutes whereupon you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe ...Read more

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Tightening in stomach feel like baby squeezing insides is this braxton hicks contractions? (30) weeks pregnant! happens throughout the day!

Tightening in stomach feel like baby squeezing insides is this braxton hicks contractions? (30) weeks pregnant! happens throughout the day!

Maybe: What u are describing maybe braxton hicks or just baby moving. I suggest that u palpate (feel) your abdomen when u experience discomfort. With ctxns u should be able to feel the muscle wall become firm then relax once the pain resolves. Either way, pay attn. Keep well hydrated. If your ctxns are rare (less than 6/hr) and mild it is likely okay. If they persist see your md. ...Read more

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30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

May be preterm labor: Those regular contractions could be preterm labor. One should be checked out by her Ob-Gyn doctor. That may mean going to the hospital and staying in the Labor and Delivery ward to be monitored to see what is going on. Meanwhile, a patient should avoid physical activities or having sex until getting checked out. A baby born at 30 weeks is much too early, so hopefully the uterus calms down. ...Read more

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How many braxton hicks contractions can you have per hour?

Several: It depends on the uterine musculature's sensitivity to oxytocin and fetal movement. There is no set number of braxton-hicks contractions/hour. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant- feel intermittent quivers in abdomen- not hiccups or hicks. Uterine spasms?

29 weeks pregnant- feel intermittent quivers in abdomen- not hiccups or hicks. Uterine spasms?

Maybe Braxton-Hicks: Also known as false-labor practice contractions which can start very early in pregnacy but typically not felt until late second or early third trimester. They should be infrequent, irregular, brief 1-2 min, and only mild cramping. Make sure u keep well hydrated. If contractions are regular, forceful/crampy, please consult doc asap as it could be pre-term labor. Congrats and best of luck to you. ...Read more

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How do I tell a difference real labour contraction and braxton hicks contraction ?

BH are irregular : Bh uterine contractions boe not exhibit a pattern; they start in different focuses of the uterus without a effective wave of contractions, since they are not synchronized they does not produce cervical dilatation. Must commonly the patient will report back and suprapubic pain. True labor contractions exhibit a defined pattern and start at the top of the uterus .Then they get closer and more painf. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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