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What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?

Sometimes called falsecontractions, Braxton Hicks are usually relatively painless and similar to menstrual cramps. They happen when your uterus tightens and then relaxes again and are irregular. Towards the end of your pregnancy they might feel a bit more painful, especially if your baby is getting head down into position.

You’ll know it’s the real thing because thecontractions will become closer to each other (but still with a steady pattern) and last for longer. You'll also feel them becoming more intense and painful. On the other hand, Braxton Hicks will wear off and do not have a steady pattern. Remember, if you’re ever in doubt, please contact your doctor.

Coping with Braxton Hicks

If you find your Braxton Hicks painful then you might be doing too much. Try having a sit or lying down on your side (not your back). If that doesn’t work, try gently moving around a bit or relax in a warm bath. It's also possible that you could be a bit dehydrated, so drink plenty of water.

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