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How do you tell the difference between Braxton Hick contractions and regular contractions??


Asked by LiLJeni at 12:48 PM on Oct. 27, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Braxton Hicks contractions cause an uncomfortable tightening in the stomach area. They often come and go irregularly. Most often these false contractions are not painful, but sometimes quite uncomfortable. They often feel the same during each contraction and don’t get stronger over time.

    Some women rush to the hospital during their first false contractions, thinking that they are in labor. However, most doctors will tell their patients that it’s best to wait until contractions are regular and around five minutes apart before coming to the hospital.

    Answer by Mama2BabyTaurus at 8:03 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • Real ones continue to get more intense and don't let up.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 12:50 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • Braxton hicks aren't regular, they aren't strong enough, and you will know the difference because the real ones come from behind, in your lower back... At least mine did, and I had BH throughout all 3 of my pregnancies...

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 12:50 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • With braxton hicks my doctor always told me to take a shower and then go and lay down and eat something. If they stay consistant and gradually got worse then they were the real thing. Good luck Mama~

    Answer by gavansmommy at 12:50 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • I believe the BH contractions have no rhyme or rythm to them. Real ones come and go on a regular basis and don't stop.

    Answer by goldengrl65 at 12:50 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • BH are irregular, generally last less than 60 seconds, and can go away with either movement, laying down, or drinking fluids.

    Contractions tend to be in a regular pattern lasting anywhere from 60-90 seconds each. They will not go away with movement or anything. Will generally be felt in your back as well as your front.

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 12:50 PM on Oct. 27, 2010

  • braxton hicks will ease up when you walk around Contractions will get worse. In *most* cases. Also braxton hicks are typically irregular and contractions will become regular and more painful with time.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:51 PM on Oct. 27, 2010