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Do braxton hicks contractions go away after a shower? If they do, are the ones that don't real contractions? They are coming in every 5 minutes.

Do braxton hicks contractions go away after a shower? If they do, are the ones that don't real contractions? They are coming in every 5 minutes.

Not usually: U should take this up with ur ob, so much depends on how far along u r & how often the come such as every day, week. There r other things that need 2 b known as BP or any other signs of toxicity. B sure u communicate with ur ob? ...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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I am 34 weeks and I have been having what I think is Braxton Hicks contraction for a few days non stop from every 2 min to every hour. Is this normal?

Maybe: The problem is alot of women say they have braxton hicks when they actually describe regular contractions. Braxton Hicks are PAINLESS tightening. If it hurts that's a contraction and only way to know if its preterm labor vs. False labor pains is thru an evaluation with your OB. However, several contractions an hour several hours a day are relatively common. ...Read more

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28w preg. And regular braxton hicks. Every single time a stand. Not painful just uncomfortable and often. Should I call ob? Second child.

28w preg. And regular braxton hicks. Every single time a stand. Not painful just uncomfortable and often. Should I call ob? Second child.

Bring to OB attentio: WHill this us indeed very normal, I'd make sure I mention this during routine OB visit. If at any time they become actually painful, that warrants a call to the OB. Also, if any other symptoms, such as changes in urination, fever, etc then also call. ...Read more

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

I'm 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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was 4 cm dilated on the 25th. My ob wanted to sweep, hurt too much. Now past my due date, braxton hicks every 2 hr. Placenta previa til 6m. concerns?

was 4 cm dilated on the 25th. My ob wanted to sweep, hurt too much. Now past my due date, braxton hicks every 2 hr. Placenta previa til 6m. concerns?

Talk to OB MD: You need to consult with your treating OB MD about your concerns rather than this forum which will not have all the medical data that he/she has at this point. ...Read more

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36 weeks with Contractions that are 10 minutes apart &' last about 4 minutes long. &' I have lower/middle back pain along with cramps. Braxton hicks?

Early Labor: Braxton Hicks contractions are usually not regular and typically not strong enough to cause discomfort. It's possible you are in early labor. It would probably be best to call your OB and let them know this is happening and follow their advice. Your OB may want to have you go to labor and delivery for an exam and monitoring of the contractions as well as your baby's heart rate tracings. Good luck! ...Read more

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33 weeks pg. And am have had sharp cramping pains where it feels very tight belly gets harder. It last for a few minutes. Are these Braxton hicks?

33 weeks pg. And am have had sharp cramping pains where it feels very tight belly gets harder. It last for a few minutes. Are these Braxton hicks?

Contractions: Yes, these are most likely Braxton Hicks contractions. Having some at 33 weeks is quite normal. They should not be regular and frequent though. You might have 3 or 4 an hour and then not notice any for the rest of the day - that's ok. However, if they are frequent, painful and regular, or if you see any bleeding, you should be checked by your doctor immediately. ...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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What do braxton hicks feel like and when do they ususally start?

Good Question: They can start as early as 24 weeks but usually start around 28/32 weeks. You will feel light cramping in your abdomen which will come and go in waves which are not repetative! If you are pre-term and they become regular 2/10 minutes apart go to your OB delivery center and call your dr! ...Read more

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What do braxton hicks feel like and about when do they usually start?

Contractions: These are uterine cramps that are most similar to your period cramps. They are spasms of the uterus that are not rhythmic and don't cause cervical dilation. They start most often after 28-30 weeks but become common around 35 -37 weeks ...Read more

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I'm 24weeks with my third baby. I get braxton hicks a couple times a day everyday from painful to intense. Normal to be so regular?

I'm 24weeks with my third baby. I get braxton hicks a couple times a day everyday from painful to intense. Normal to be so regular?

Not unusual: You should go to the hospital for evaluation if you have 6 or more contractions in one hour, even if they are not painful. ...Read more

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If im 31 weeks and have had pains like contractions, is it braxton hicks?

Maybe: Braxton hicks contractions are false labor pains. Most people find them to be a painless tightening over the whole uterus. Real contractions are uncomfortable to painful, are usually low across the abdomen, can be associated with spotting or increase in vaginal discharge. Because you are 31 weeks it is very important to distinguish between the two. I would recommend you call your doctor. ...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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Help! Could stress cause braxton hicks?

Yes: Stress and dehydration both can cause contractions. Try to relax and have a couple glasses of water. If it gets worse give your OB a call. ...Read more

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Can Braxton Hicks contrsctions cause you to dilate?

No: By definition Braxton Hicks contractions are those that cause no cervical change. That is why they are called false labor. ...Read more

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If im already having braxton hicks, when am I going to start to dilate?

Braxton Hicks: Braxton hicks contractions are not labour pains and do not cau dilatation of the cervix. Dilatation of cervix happens with labor pains at term or before term
we do not know how far your are in your pregnancy and how far your contractions are. Bh contractions come every 10 to 20 minutes. True labor contractions will be longer in length, closer in frequency and much stronger in intensity. Consult md. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/marginal placenta @20w. Have to go back @28w for f-up u/s. Should I worry about braxton hicks? What should I do to not make things worse?

Light activity: Avoid strenuous activity and intercourse. Avoid things that make you contract. A marginal previa will usually resolve by the time you repeat your us and you will likely be able to resume these activities at that time. Braxton hicks contractions should not worry you. Ask your doctor for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Having braxton hicks 15 mins apart since this morning... It hurts reallg bad. Back pain comes w it too?

Labor?: Braxton Hicks contractsions don't "Hurt really bad". If you are having painful contractions every 15 minutes, you should go to Labor and Delivery if they persist more than an hour. You may be in labor or pre-term labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Occasional braxton hicks at 20 weeks anything to worry about? Would magnesium be a safe way to make them less common?

Call you OB: And have them check you out. Also never take any medications even over the counter (including supplements) without first checking with your ob. ...Read more

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34wks preg. First baby will he come soon than expected? Getting braxton hicks 4 in hr painless? How will I know am in true labor?

Timing is everything: Timing your contractions with a watch or clock and when the interval is consistently 5 minutes or less and you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe during the contraction, it is time to contact your OB MD and head to your delivery facility. Braxton Hicks contractions are just like the conductor of the symphony doing a "practice" session before the actual concert. (delivery). ...Read more

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Am 36 week preg I keep getting sharp twinges n pains down bellow and braxton hicks forr a few weeks now is there anything I can do to help speed up?

Old Wives Tale: There are lots of things that are supposed to induce or cause labor. There are no clear cut studies demonstrating safety or efficacy. Some are....walking up and down stairs, dark beer, nipple stimulation and intercourse. ...Read more

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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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What are braxton-hicks contractions?

What are braxton-hicks contractions?

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. ...Read more

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Daughter 30wks preg. Measure 24! Having Braxton hicks. Not doing ultrasound for 2 wks! Should we be concerned??!!!

Daughter 30wks preg. Measure 24! Having Braxton hicks. Not doing ultrasound for 2 wks! Should we be concerned??!!!

Need Sono AFI NST BP: If the measurement of her fundal height is accurate, (...even if her record of "fetal kicks and movements" is good, she is healthy and gaining weight...) it would be wise to visit today or tomorrow an obstetrical evaluation unit (or a Labor and Delivery ED) to be reexamined and to obtain a sonogram, Amniotic Fluid Index, as well as a Non-Stress Test and a Biophysical Profile. Ask for a MFM. ...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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What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

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. ...Read more