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Doctor insights on: Remedies For Braxton Hicks Contractions

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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

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?

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?

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 a 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 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 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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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

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I'm 34 weeks and was wondering how often am i supiera to have braxton hicks contractions?

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

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Do braxton hicks contractions make or help you dilate?

Do braxton hicks contractions make or help you dilate?

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

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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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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.

Be safe. Check: As your uterus enlarges, you may experience some pelvic discomfort and pressure (not Braxton-Hicks contractions).
A pelvic sonogram would be the best way to reassure you that your pregnancy and your pelvic organs are OK. Be safe, get checked. ...Read more

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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?

Unclear question: 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.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I'm 40 weeks today how long will I continue to have braxton hicks contractions?

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

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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?

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

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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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How long do braxton hicks contractions last before you actually go into labor?

Varies : Some have braxton hicks others don't. It is not related to going into labor. Some feel them all the time for months. Some never. ...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?

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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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 cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.

Not really : If you have contractions that are causing cervical dilatation and effacement, we would call it labor, in your case preterm labor. If you are having labor contractions, we would not call it braxton hicks contractions. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my Braxton Hicks Contractions are happening more often as in every day 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

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Braxton Hicks Contractions (Definition)

Braxton hicks contractions are "practice contractions". They are tightening of the uterine muscles for 1-2 minutes that are felt in the ...Read more