Labor! You can’t talk about Braxton Hicks contractions without talking about him! Well, all pregnant women at one time or another will have these contractions from Braxton Hicks, but they are not the true contractions of labor and not even a sign that childbirth is approaching.
What are false contractions?
Braxton Hicks contractions or false contractions are training contractions , named after the doctor who identified them. These are the false contractions, so let’s say that the Braxton Hicks contractions are just the body preparing for the true contractions of expelling the baby during labor.
False contractions happen from 1 time a day, even a few times without the pregnant woman even noticing it. Usually they also happen after intercourse . At the beginning, Braxton Hicks contractions can take mom by surprise, it is strange to feel her belly harden out of nowhere, but these contractions are very common and natural in pregnancy.
When They Start Happening
These contractions can appear around the 20th week of pregnancy , sometimes later, but in general during this period. As soon as the uterus reaches a significant height, uterine training for childbirth begins. Identifying Braxton Hicks contractions is easy, just watch out for these signs :
- Tightening of the belly
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of tightness in the belly and back
Normally Braxton Hicks contractions can last around 40 seconds to 1 minute, are painless, but can be annoying depending on the woman’s position and of course frighten because the hard belly can impress the pregnant woman. All pregnant women can feel the contractions of Braxton Hicks, but as they are not painful they may not realize it.
False Contractions Video
Differences from Braxton Hicks Contractions to Real
To identify the true contractions of labor is not that complicated. Braxton Hicks contractions are not painful, as labor contractions can be accompanied by strong or not so strong cramps, but there is always pain.
Another important point to say that true contractions of labor are irregular at first , but over time they become constant and rhythmic. Braxton Hicks contractions are widely spaced and very irregular. So, one contraction now, another in 30 minutes, another tomorrow and so on. True contractions also tend to be increasing, while those of Braxton Hicks are as intense and painless as I said.
However, two important points must be noted, if there is any urinary tract infection, Braxton Hicks contractions can be accompanied by a certain colic. The presence of kidney stones may also be responsible for the presence of pain in false contractions. Stitches in the vagina are also common, both in Braxton Hicks contractions and in actual labor contractions. Pains in pregnancy should be investigated but some are natural, this pelvic pain is one of them.
When to Worry
Take contractions seriously and go to maternity then? When there is some loss of fluid, presence of blood, more painful contractions and even painless but rhythmic contractions. The presence of severe back pain that radiates forward can also be a sign that childbirth is approaching.
Presence of the tampon accompanied by contractions and pain must also be reported to the obstetrician who accompanies the pregnant woman in the prenatal period. When in doubt, talk to your doctor, remember that he is your best friend at this important stage in the life of the pregnant woman and woman.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.