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How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Pain & frequency

True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache.
True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap.

In brief: Pain & frequency

True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache.
True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Braden Richmond
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: The location matters

If the contraction can be 'located' to a certain part of the uterus, and not the whole uterus, then it is a braxton-hicks contraction.
If the entire uterus contracts, it is a true contraction.

In brief: The location matters

If the contraction can be 'located' to a certain part of the uterus, and not the whole uterus, then it is a braxton-hicks contraction.
If the entire uterus contracts, it is a true contraction.
Dr. Braden Richmond
Dr. Braden Richmond
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