Braxton Hick Contractions

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Blla! - May 18

Please can anyone tell me how actually feel braxton hick contractions?! how you know if you ara having them? how you make difference between them and baby movements?are they painful?have you talked with your doc about them?!


ree - May 18

good question, I am 29 weeks and am wondering the same thing. Last couple of days my back has been keeping me up at night it hurts so bad and don't know if I am having braxton hicks or if the baby is just balling up. I am overly paronid at times I think and don't want to call and ask the doctor but they are getting quit painful and I would love to know too. If you find anything out let me know


Fauzia - May 18

Braxton Hicks Contractions From Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, Your Guide to Pregnancy / Birth. FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now! A Braxton Hicks contraction is defined by Taber's Medical dictionary as an intermittent, painless contraction that may occur every 10 to 20 minutes after the first trimester of pregnancy. These contractions were first described in 1872 by British gynecologist John Braxton Hicks. Sometimes these contractions are also called prelabor contractions or Hicks sign. Not everyone will notice or experience these contractions, and some will have them frequently. Some mothers say that they notice them more in subsequent pregnancies than in their first pregnancy. Usually women will notice them by casually brushing their hands against their protruding belly and notice that it has tightened, while other moms will notice the tight feeling without having to feel it with their hands. Don't panic if you don't notice them. Some women only notice them because they find them to be uncomfortable. While Taber's medical dictionary may say that they are painless, pregnant women tell a different story, though most would call it uncomfortable rather than painful. If you experience discomfort or pain with these practice contractions, try out techniques you've learned in cla__s to deal with labor, such as breathing, relaxation, ma__sage, movement and more. Often women will find that simply changing position can help with any pain from these contractions. A nice warm bath or shower can also help relieve any achiness and promote relaxation. So how would you tell the difference between a Braxton Hicks contraction and a true labor contraction? Generally true labor contractions will get longer in length, closer in frequency and stronger in intensity. A Braxton Hicks contraction might get closer together but not consistently, or they may feel stronger but go away when you move around. Some moms say that they only experience Braxton Hicks contractions when moving around and they cease when mom sits down. Calling your doctor or midwife should happen if you have contractions closer than 12 minutes apart prior to 37 weeks, as this might indicate preterm labor and not Braxton Hicks contractions. While these many seem like an annoyance, yet another thing to deal with in pregnancy, they are believed to be helpful in preparing your body for labor, even though no noticeable progress can be seen. True Labor vs. Braxton Hicks Braxton Hicks True Labor Contractions don't get closer together. Contractions do get closer together. Contractions don't get stronger. Contractions do get stronger. Contractions tend to be felt only in the front. Contractions tend to be felt all over. Contractions don't last longer. Contractions do last longer. Walking has no effect on the contractions. Walking makes the contractions stronger. Cervix doesn't change with contractions. Cervix opens and thins with contractions. Source:


sarah - May 21

im 25 weeks and ive been have occa__sional bh,your belly just gos tight and harder,they are painless but can be i feel,a little uncomfatable. theres no need to worry about them as it your bodys way of prepring for when you do go in to labour. hope my answer helps


Katharine - May 23

I am 30 weeks and have been having them for a few weeks. Mine feel like a "shock" to my abdomen and are somewhat painful (stop me from walking or talking sometimes). The painfulness could be because this is my second pregnancy, don't know. The lighter ones aren't a big deal and I can usually continue what I am doing, but I have had a few stronger ones. Those can be alleviated by leaning forward and kind of hanging my head down (looks really strange in the office, I'm sure). I can tell they are not the real thing because they are totally spontaneous (although more frequent when I'm more active and/or stressed) and because I've been through labor before and they are certainly not the same : ) They originate from the middle of my abdomen, while the real contractions started in the bottom of my abdomen-like a menstrual cramp.


Patty - May 23

My contraction start from the side of my belly to the center and it happens more often on my right lower side.


SARAH - May 26

I'm 33 weeks and haven't felt any braxton hicks yet? Am I just missing them, or haven't they started yet? Does everyone get them? My stomach feels rock hard all the time - to touch.


bree - June 2

i am 27 weeks and my mom tells me your entire stomich tightens up but if there real they will get stronger with walking and wont go away changing positions


Christina - June 2

I get them quite a bit, but not everyone gets them. It just feels like your uterus is tightening up like if your hand was normal and them you made a fist...that is the only way I know how to describe it. They don't hurt me, it just gets uncomfortable when I have to pee, makes the sensation worse!


Jenny - June 2

Im 33 weeks and have had them since 20 weeks. Lately they have been more intense and longer. Sometimes they feel like period cramps and your belly will feel tight and hard. This is my second pregnancy and in my first I didnt feel them at all so it must be different with every pregnancy


Jennifer - June 3

My hicks are in my lower belly and they last 20 seconds or so. Contractions last 40 + seconds each. My stomach tightens and if I am walking I usually have to stop while I have the hicks then start again between contracts.


Tiffany - June 5

I am 36 weeks and 1 day and I have been having braxton hicks ever since my 25th week. To me they have gradually gotten more painful. Now when I have them I actually have to sit back until they go away because they feel so uncomfortable. My stomach gets so hard that it hurts. Hope that helps.


Phaedra - June 9

My hicks happened for the first time that I noticed the other day. It was strong in the lower abdomen and then went away shortly after. Just rubbing the belly sometimes helps me. I have had them a couple of time since then.


SARAH - June 12

Enjoyed reading all your responses about the hicks.... I'm 35 weeks now and still haven't felt anything like that. I feel the baby pushing his bum out sometimes... maybe that's them?!?


Clair - June 14

I'm 39 weeks pregnant and I havn't had anybraxton hicks yet is that normal!


Jen - June 14

Im so jealous of you girls that don't feel BH!! I wish I didnt feel them. They are so uncomfortable and annoying and sometimes painful. It sucks when I get one in the middle of tying my shoes because I have to immediately sit up and wait for the dang thing to go away! It's impossible for me to stay bent over during BH.


Christina - June 14

Some women never get them! I am not one of them, but wish I was! I hate them! They are so annoying!



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