Braxton Hicks Contraction (False Labour)

Braxton Hicks contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions: What you need to know and how they are different from labour

What are Braxton-Hicks contractions:

Around mid-pregnancy, your uterus clenches and hardens for about 30 seconds, once or twice an hour few times a day. It won’t be very uncomfortable, and you may not even notice. These contractions are meant to prepare your body muscles for labor.

Difference between Braxton-Hicks contractions and real contractions:

Braxton Hicks contractions:

  • Infrequent contractions, no more than a few times a day.
    • Doesn’t occur in all women and may not be
    • noticed
    • Stop when you change your position and
    • change your activity
    • Intensity remains low
    • Unpredictable
  • There is no result, just a pain

Real contractions:

  • Frequent and regular
  • Happens to all and can be clearly felt
  • Doesn’t stop no matter how much you
  • change your position
  • Intensity increases with every instance
  • Predictable
  • Increasing frequency and intensity results in a bouncy baby finally!

What to do when you get Braxton Hicks contractions?

If you do get Braxton Hicks contractions, remember not to panic and first breathe in and out until you find yourself in a comfortable place. Call your partner to come sit by you, and then you can do the following :

  • Change your position. If you have been sitting or lying down, get up and walk a little.
  • Rehearse your breathing techniques
  • Take a warm bath
  • Stop what you are doing for some time and take note of the frequency and intensity. Ifyou feel a pattern coming up then contact your doctor.
  • If the contractions start before you complete 37 weeks, remember to call the doctor first.