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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?

Does everyone get Braxton Hicks contractions?

Probably: Probably yes, but some women feel these tightenings while others do not. If one does not feel them it is not abnormal. ...Read more

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