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.
Braxton Hicks. Braxton hicks contractions do not dilate or efface. They are usually to irregular or disorganized. If you think you may be in labor, however, contact your physician.

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What is an irritable uterus and how its contractions are different from Braxton Hicks contractions? Can either efface or dilate my cervix? I'm 33w5d.

Same contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions indicate the level of sensitivity(irritability) of the uterus to the agent(oxytocin) that can cause labor. The difference is the frequency, intervals, and duration of the contractions that will eventually be progressive enough to produce changes in the cervix-AKA active labor. Read more...

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...

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...

Hello, I am 35+5 weeks pregnant and my cervix is high but very soft and open. Baby #3 an have been feeling pressure pains most of day, not like Braxton hicks contractions though.

Need an exam. If you are 35weeks5days pregnant and having pressure pains you need an exam. False labor is fairly common in 3rd pregnancies but the only way to know for sure what is going on is to be examined. Call your OB or go to labor and delivery to be checked. Play it safe. You don't want to have a preterm baby at home alone. Best wishes to you and the baby. 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! Dr Z. Read more...

I'm 38 weeks and 1 day, I have braxton hicks contractions, is there a chance I might have to be induced?

Early to say. Braxton hicks contraction are the normal warming up the uterus does close to due date. I wouldn't worry about an induction unless you go past your due date. I look at inductions as a way ob's get a kid who's ripe to deliver during predictable hours & some will consider the process from 39 wks on. 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...