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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Will contractions at 12weeks slow fetal heartbeat?

Will contractions at 12weeks slow fetal heartbeat?

No: At 12 weeks, the fhr usually settles into the normal range of 120-160, but tends to be on the higher end of the range. Contractions of the uterus, whether spontaneous, or, for example, associated with orgasm, are not harmful to the fetus. ...Read more

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38 wks preg Moody, passed mucus plug yesterday, cramping and back pain, extremely tired. Contractions irregular 2cm 50% effaced Dd 7/29-8/3 labor soon?

38 wks preg Moody, passed mucus plug yesterday, cramping and back pain, extremely tired. Contractions irregular 2cm 50% effaced Dd 7/29-8/3 labor soon?

Labor: Yes. After passing the mucous plug the labor will begin soon but may be delayed for up to a week afterward. Try to get some rest and notify your obstetrician that you passed the mucous plug. Congratulations! You will have a beautiful baby soon. ...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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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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M 22week pregnant, nw having rythmic, painless contractions in round ligament area and around belly button.R these baby bumps/brixton hicks?Early labor?

Get seen by your OB: While round ligament pain and "braxton hicks" contractions are common at this point in pregnancy, the fact that you describe these complaints as "rhythmic" is bothersome to me. Usually false contractions do not occur in a predictable pattern (ie every 5-10 minutes). I think you should call your physician to be evaluated just to be cautious. ...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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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