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whats the difference from braxton hick and real contration?

yesterday i had cramping all day off and on.. in my vajajay.. they it went into my back .. then again today it just started again.. i had tightness in my belly bout once a hour.. the cramping wasnt so painful as it was just annoying.. i go to the doctors tomorrow afternoon for 37 weeks?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:21 PM on Apr. 6, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Braxton Hicks come and go. They can last all day or for a few hours to a few minutes. You are suppose to lay down on your side for an hour or two and drink water, if you get up and they are gone then its Braxton hicks. If you continue with them while laying and the pain gets worse then they could be real. They will get closer, stronger and last longer no matter what you do. Sometime they are caused do to dehydration so try drinking and laying down. Only if they become stronger and lasting longer do you need to worry. They will help you to dilate which is fine as you need to do it, so don't worry. Its your body's way of preparing you for the real thing. YOu will know its real when they are 5 minutes apart, you have to breathe threw them without talking and your concentrating on nothing but the contraction.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 6:31 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

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