Contractions

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Liz Honer - August 26

How will you be able to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and a real contraction?

 

Monica - August 6

I have been reading a lot of these Q's & A's but I have yet to understand what are Braxton Hicks. I am 28 weeks, do women have those hicks around this time? how do they feel?

 

carrie - August 8

I seriously dont think anyone knows what braxton hicks are..lol...i have contractions and they had to be stopped...so they must of been real contractions...i think the difference is that braxton hicks dont get very strong and real ones get stronger and stronger..most women recive pitocin to make their contractions stronger so i think they are braxton hicks until the doc decides to keep you at the hospital and help them along..hope i helped

 

bec79 - August 26

Here is what I copied from the website allaboutmoms.com about Braxton Hicks Contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular tightenings of the uterus. Although Braxton Hicks contractions happen from very early in pregnancy, most women do not really notice them until the second half of pregnancy. Braxton Hicks contractions are thought to play a part in toning the uterine muscle and promoting the flow of blood to the placenta. Some people call them 'practice contractions’. Braxton Hicks contractions tend to be started off by either you or the baby moving, or by somebody touching your abdomen. Each ‘contraction’ may last 1-2 minutes. During this time, the whole uterus becomes hard. This may feel strange and rather uncomfortable. Braxton-Hicks contractions will not do three things and that is get longer in duration, closer together and last for a longer time period. Real labor will have contractions that are progressive and unable to be halted. Braxton-Hicks contractions may come and go. They may persist for hours on end and then cease to exist at all. Braxton Hicks contractions do not dilate or efface the cervix. They are not productive enough to promote the birth of the your baby. Braxton Hicks contractions usually are irregular in pattern and go away if you change your activity or drink water.

 

Allison - September 15

I had Braxton Hicks from about 20 weeks on with my first pregnancy. I ended up in the hospital 3 times because the Braxton Hicks came regularly (every two minutes). The doctors finally said I have an irritable uterus. There really is no way to tell the difference between a Braxton Hicks and a contraction, except time. Eventually the real thing will come along and you will know it. I'm 9 weeks with my second child right now, and I just started to feel the Braxton Hicks yesterday. This time I won't mention them to my doctor (hospital visits can get expensive).

 

name - October 3

I was curious about what it costs on average to have a baby in the states..I mean as far as medical expenses go.If you are uninsured that is

 

Ara - February 8

What can I do to make my baby come out faster I know drinking rasberryleaf tea is one way but what is another

 

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