Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks Contractions that are often confused as regular contractions. They occur during pregnancy and can be more uncomfortable than painful. However, each patient often has a different experience with them. They are often referred to as False Labor.
Braxton Hicks Contractions can start as early as 6 weeks – these however are not typically felt by the mother. They can really begin at any point of the Pregnancy. These types of contractions are often felt in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of Pregnancy.
Not all pregnant females will feel these contractions during their pregnancy.
– Tightening of the uterine muscle
– Occurs for 1-2 minutes
– May help prepare for birth
– May be apart of the process of Cervical Effacement
Contractions that are:
– Minimally painful to painless
Things that can worsening the contractions
2.) Full bladder
3.) Certain movements
Factors to improve the contractions
– Adequate hydration
– Switching positions
– Laying down
– Rhythmic breathing