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Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks Contractions Definition

Learn all about Braxton Hicks Contraction during pregnancy. The Braxton Hicks are intermittent weak contractions of the uterus occurring during pregnancy.  Basically your uterine muscles are flexing getting ready for the big day.

 During pregnancy your body takes a change with the increasingly hormones and the Braxton Hicks is a sign that your body is getting ready for labor in the near future.

When Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Occur?

The Braxton Hicks usually start about 6 weeks in to your pregnancy.  In the beginning of your pregnancy you don’t have to worry about feeling any contradictions. 

The contradictions pain usually starts later on during the pregnancy after week 20. The muscle of the uterus tightens for approximately 30 to 60 seconds.  Sometimes it can last as long as two minutes.

When Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Occur?

 The contractions occur before real labor and usually start seeing signs of contractions as the second trimester. The contractions help you prepare for labor. 

 The main cause of Braxton Hicks is due to the uterus muscle fibers working hard to stay strong for the real contractions that will occur during labor. Others experts believe that actual dilation of the cervix for childbirth causes Braxton Hicks contractions.

What Do Braxton Hicks Contraction Feel Like?

The Braxton Hicks are usually not painful just feel uncomfortable symptoms.  Some women describe Braxton Hicks contractions to feel like mild menstrual labor or a sudden tightening feeling in the belly.

What Can You Do About Braxton Hicks Contractions?

Here are some recommended things to relief Braxton Hicks:

  • Drink up: Dehydration can cause contractions. Make sure to stay hydrated with tons of fluids.
  • Move: When experiencing a contraction the best way to relive some pressure is to move. If your standing up then sit.
  • Relax: Under constant contractions take the time to relax until it goes away.

Braxton Hicks Contractions Triggering Factors

There are many common triggering factors of the Braxton Hicks.

  • Dehydration: Been dehydrated can cause contractions
  • Picking up heavy objects.
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Full bladder
  • Extreme stress
  • Bending over
  • Extreme workout activities

How To Relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions?

There are many things you can do to find relief from Braxton Hicks. 

  • Managing stress
  • Eat small meals
  • Obtain a massage
  • Urinate more often
  • Stay hydrated

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