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Braxton Hicks contractions

Posted By Gyno-Blog

October 22, 2019

๐ŸŒ€ย  If you feel tightening or cramping in your abdomen during your pregnancy, you may be having Braxton Hicks contractions. This is normal and not a sign that youโ€™re ready to give birth.

๐ŸŒ€ย  Braxton Hicks contractions are sometimes called โ€˜falseโ€™ or โ€˜practiceโ€™ contractions.

๐Ÿ“ย  What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

๐Ÿ”นย  Braxton Hicks contractions are a tightening in your abdomen that comes and goes. They are contractions of your uterus in preparation for giving birth.

๐Ÿ”นย  They tone the muscles in your uterus and may also help prepare the cervix for birth.

๐Ÿ“ย  What do they feel like?

๐Ÿ”นย  Braxton Hicks contractions feel like muscles tightening across your belly, and if you put your hands on your belly when the contractions happen, you can probably feel your uterus becoming hard.

๐Ÿ”นย  They occur from early in your pregnancy but you may not feel them until the second trimester. If this is your first pregnancy, you might start to feel them from about 16 weeks.

๐Ÿ”นย  In later pregnancies, you may feel Braxton Hicks contractions more often, or earlier. Some women wonโ€™t feel them at all.

๐Ÿ”นย  Braxton Hicks contractions come and go irregularly, and usually last for about 30 seconds. While they can be uncomfortable, they usually arenโ€™t painful.

๐Ÿ“ย  How are they different from labour pain ?

โ—ย  Braxton Hicks contractions:

๐Ÿ‘‰ย  Usually last for about 30 seconds
๐Ÿ‘‰ย  Can be uncomfortable, but usually arenโ€™t painful
come at irregular times usually occur no more than once or twice an hour (until late in the pregnancy), a few times a day
๐Ÿ‘‰ย  Usually stop if you change position or activity

โ—ย  Unlike labour pain, Braxton Hicks contractions donโ€™t:

๐Ÿ‘‰ย  Get closer together last longer as time goes by get stronger or come more often when you walk get stronger over time

๐Ÿ“ย  How can I ease the discomfort ?

Braxton Hicks contractions are normal and donโ€™t need treatment. But if you feel uncomfortable, you can try:

๐Ÿ”นย  Lying down
๐Ÿ”นย  Taking a walk
๐Ÿ”นย  Relaxing in a warm bath
๐Ÿ”นย  Having a massage

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