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Doctor insights on: Braxton Higgs Contractions

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How can you tell the difference between braxton hick contraction and real contractions?

How can you tell the difference between braxton hick contraction and real contractions?

Contractions: Difficult to tell without actually getting the contractions monitored at the Labor and Delivery section of the hospital. ...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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If im 31 weeks and have had pains like contractions, is it braxton hicks?

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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Im 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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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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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

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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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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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How many hours can braxton hicks contractions last? And are they painful ?

How many hours can braxton hicks contractions last? And are they painful ?

Varies but no pain: These contractions come in second or third trimester and are not painfull. They are infrequent, irregular and involve only mild cramping.How long they last is variable as there is no correct clinical pattern and are not real labour contractions. ...Read more

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

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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How do I tell the difference between braxton hicks contractions and actual contractions?

Labor: Labor is defined as contractions that cause cervical change. By definition contractions that do not cause change are braxton hicks. ...Read more

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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

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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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In my 29th wk, how often are "braxton hicks" contractions to occur before it becomes a cause for concern? I've had as many as 10+ a day in the last wk

Please call your OB: Now your OB can decide what to do , if u were my pt i would do a monitor strip and an ultrasound and cervical length, in my book u are having too many at 29 weeks so call your OB now. ...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