Braxton Hicks Contractions. What’s the deal?
So not only do you get to experience contractions during labor and delivery but you also may get some hands on experience months before the big day! Braxton Hicks contractions start as early as 6 weeks but typically aren’t felt until the second trimester. These contractions are often referred to as “practice contractions” as their purpose is to tone and prepare the uterus for labor. Braxton Hicks Contractions are intermittent and usually painless. Some women do experience some pain with Braxton Hicks, if you are concerned with what you are feeling always consult your care provider!
Is this it?
As your pregnancy moves further along you may notice them more frequently. If you’re less than 37 weeks pregnant and recognize Braxton Hicks contractions becoming regular, closer together and painful contact your provider to rule out preterm labor. If you are over 37 weeks and notice a contraction pattern consider timing them with a contraction timer app or stopwatch. If you are uncomfortable during them try putting your feet up and drinking a glass a water. You may also find this time helpful to practice breathing techniques for real labor.
Hopefully your experience with Braxton Hicks Contractions will be a smooth one!