When do Braxton Hicks Contractions Begin?
Although Braxton Hicks contractions can begin as early as a couple of months into the first trimester of pregnancy, they usually begin around the 28th week of pregnancy.
If you have already given birth to a child before, you may notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions begin earlier than usual and are more intense.
Braxton Hicks contractions are most common in the third trimester. Unfortunately, Braxton Hicks contractions typically last until the baby is delivered, and can get very uncomfortable as your due date nears.
What do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?
Some women do not feel much discomfort with their contractions, while others definitely feel stronger Braxton Hicks contractions.
Usually, Braxton Hicks contractions are painless, causing only minor discomfort and annoyance. As you begin to get closer to your due date though, you may notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are becoming stronger.
Braxton Hicks contractions tend to be infrequent and irregular, and can sometimes pop up out of nowhere.
They usually don’t last long, though it depends on your particular pregnancy; some women have Braxton Hicks contractions that can last as long as 5 minutes.
When you experience a Braxton Hicks contraction, you might be able to feel the muscles in your uterus contracting. It will cause your stomach to become rigid and hard, which you will be able to feel if you touch your belly.
This rigidity typically lasts only for a few minutes. You may also feel moderate pain in the front of your abdomen which will then radiate down your body.
Common Braxton Hicks Triggers
Many women notice that certain things trigger their Braxton Hicks contractions.
Common triggers include:
- baby moving inside your body
- heavy exertion or exercise, especially carrying things
- touching your abdomen
- sexual intercourse
Learn more about how to tell the difference between braxton hicks contractions and real labor and also how to stay comfortable while experiencing braxton hicks contractions.
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