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Braxton Hicks contractions are a painless but sometimes
uncomfortable tightening of the uterus. The contractions may be mild enough to
go unnoticed or may be strong enough to make the woman stop what she is
Braxton Hicks contractions might be considered "warm-up exercises"
for the uterus during pregnancy. They can begin as early as the 20th week and
increase through the 40th week (9th month) of pregnancy.
It is often hard to tell the difference between true labor and
Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions:
True labor pains tend to last longer, become stronger, and occur
closer together than Braxton Hicks contractions.
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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