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Constant 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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
Can't predict: As your pregnancy progresses, braxton hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they'll probably remain infrequent, irregular, and essentially painless. Sometimes, though, braxton hicks contractions are hard to distinguish from early signs of preterm labor. ...Read more
Braxton hicks: Some drs. Believe that braxton hicks play a part in toning the uterine muscle and promoting the flow of blood to the placenta. They're not thought to have a role in dilating the cervix, but might have some impact on the softening of the cervix. However, as braxton hicks contractions intensify nearer the time of delivery, they are called false labor and can minimally dilate and soften the cervix. ...Read more
I'm 9 weeks and 3 days. Is it normal to get Braxton hicks contractions this early? I have no pain. No bleeding. I'm just scared.
I'm having what I believe to be the same sensation as Braxton Hicks contractions. I have had the same feeling for about a week now. I am sterilised?
You may be having a mild colic due to many causes, e.g., gas in the intestine, partial obstruction of the intestine, stones in the kidney or gall bladder. If the "sensation" is interfering with your life or work, you should consult a doctor.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
How far apart?:
You can expect braxton-hicks contractions up until you go into labor. They are irregular and nonpainful.
When your contractions are painful, regular, and 5 minutes apart, for more than an hour, go to the hospital, as this represents true contractions. You should also go to the hospital if you have vaginal bleeding or fluid, or decreased fetal movement. ...Read more
I'm 38 weeks and 1 day, I have braxton hicks contractions, is there a chance I might have to be induced?
Could be: U should try to see u gyn. ...Read more
I'm almost 38w, and I've been having braxton hicks contractions, how do I know its the real thing, other than water break or blood?
Braxton hicks: If they are persistent and 5-10 min apart. ...Read more
34weeks preg. Braxton hicks contractions get regular and very painful and last up to a minute and a half if I stay sitting or walk around. Normal?
Watch for labor: At 34 weeks even if you go into labor the baby should be fine, so there is no need to go to any lengths to stop it. If these pains become increasingly painful and regular than you certainly need to be checked. It is often difficult to tell if it is real or false labor, so don't be embarrassed to get checked even if it might be a false alarm. ...Read more
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
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!
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What does it mean if my Braxton Hicks Contractions are happening more often and I am having back pains and my belly is starting to drop?
Can braxton hicks contractions cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.
Can braxton hicks contractions efface or dilate the cervix? I'm having multiple tthroughout the day but completely irregular and unpredictable.
Not usually: They are not usually strong enough. Some towards the very end might contribute a little. ...Read more
What does it mean if my Braxton Hicks Contractions are happening more often as in everyday and my I am having back pains and my belly is starting drop?
To be expected: It is very usual to have increasing Braxton hicks contractions as pregnancy progresses and you are closer to your due date. Remember to contact your obstetrician once your contractions become so strong your are breathing through them and they are occurring every 8-10minutes apart, if you have a gush of water or any bleeding. Of course contact your doctor sooner if you are less than 37 weeks. ...Read more