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Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks contractions

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks are probably best described as ’practice’ Contractions, as your body begins to prepare itself for the birth of your baby. Not all women experience braxton hicks, although they are a normal part of pregnancy. They are named after John Braxton Hicks, the doctor who first described them in 1272.

Braxton Hicks Symptoms

What do Braxton Hicks feel like?

Many women describe them as a tightening, or like period pains. They are not usually painful, but can be uncomfortable for some women. As the muscles of your uterus begin to contract, the uterus becomes hard to the touch. They usually last for less than a minute before subsiding and can happen several times a day.

Why do they happen?

Although the cause remains unknown, some experts think they help increase the flow of blood to the placenta and the transfer of oxygen to the foetus. They are also thought to soften and tone the muscles of the uterus.

When do they start?

They actually start from as early as six or seven weeks, although most women don’t notice them until the later months. Over the final weeks of pregnancy they become more intense and are sometimes referred to as ’false labour.’

Dehydration is thought to make them more uncomfortable, so drinking plenty of water can sometimes help. Other triggers include having a full bladder and having been on your feet for a long time.

How do I know it’s just Braxton Hicks?

Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, don’t last long, and are fairly weak, without getting h4er or more intense. They may stop when you walk, rest or change positions.

When it comes to the ’real thing,’ labour contractions are regular, frequent, last for longer, are more painful, and get more intense as your labour progresses. Find out more about the signs of labour here.

Comments

I'm 40+5 and been getting period like pains every hour ish for 4 hours. They don't last long and they are an hour ish apart and don't hurt THAT bad (they do hurt tho) I was just wondering if I was in slow labour or not. I had a show on tuesday but my waters haven't broke. Anyone got advice?
I am 29 weeks + 4 with my first child and hav had these BHs for a few weeks. I knew as soon as I started getting them what they were as I have done lots of reading on everything baby related - midwife is totally useless.
hi i am 34 weeks pregnant now and i don't no if this is braxton hicks that i am having , i have shooting pain at the bottom left side of my stomach and it dot even last a second but i have been having this for 2-3 days now and it has got stronger but lats not even a second maybe ,can someone tell me if i should be worried or is this normal. this is my first baby i am about to have .thank you.
I used to have them with my first one, but they wouldn't bother me at all. I'm now 30 weeks and have them for some time now. They still don't bother me nor hurt even if I have them at night I wake up and can't sleep anymore (as if there were not enough things to keep me awake ;), but they seem much stronger than with the first pg... does it mean anything?
I'm almost 30 weeks and braxton hicks has happened a few times for me, it makes you feel uncomfortable and sometimes hurts, wat I find helps is relaxing, maybes with a luke warm bath and just keeping off ur feet if it hurts.
iam at the begging of my 37 week and i am haveing them baby is ready to cum when every ready and it fullie engaged not due till jan 6th , but been told to watch them
At 26 wks I had a bit of a scare as had contractions (didn't realise what was happening as first pregnancy and hadn't experienced anything like it before). Felt like period pain (dull ache), but was getting worse and periodic. Phoned midwife and she told me I was in labour and needed to get to delivery immidiately! Once I got there they confirmed I was having contractions and they were getting stronger. Sent me on a walk for an hour whilst waiting for doctor and I was barely to walk down corridor (not intensely painful or anything, just uncomfortable and very tight in my abdomen). By time I got back (bit of a struggle), I was quite delirious - prob shock of being told I was in labour - and very tight in my abdomen. Put me back on machine and turned out my contractions had doubled as result of trying to move around (worth knowing during labour - it works!). After about 12 hours they had settled back down and although I spent several days in hosp I was fine. However since then had LOTS of braxon hicks! Am now 31+2 and convinced uterus is super toned, though recently braxton hicks has got really strong and frequent. Yest they thought I'd gone into prem labour again as had really hard tightenings (abdomen went hard like forehead for about 60 secs, stopped and then started again on a 6 min cycle). Sent to hosp again but no other indicators going to start, so been sent home. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar?
I had what I assume is Braxton Hicks today. I thought I had a pretty high pain threshold but wow,roll on baby day only 8 weeks to go.
I'm 31 weeks and I've had some tightening and brief period-like pain on a couple of occasions which only lasted a few minutes but being my first pregnancy it was quite worrying.. I spoke to my doctor but she didn't really have an answer for me so I've been really worried until now when I read how many other women were experiencing the same thing! I was told Barton hicks were 'painless' so it's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one having some pain. So much for GP's!
I have been getting them 1 after the other tonight, so uncomphy! Theyre just not stopping!
i am pregnant with my 3rd baby and have to have another c-section. im now 36+2 weeks and have been getting BH since 7 weeks on and off, but over the last 2 weeks they have been getting more stronger. yesterday i had them all day and most of the night but all was very irregular. i never had them with my other pregnancies and just a bit worried that i will go in to labour as im not allowed due to a ruptured uterus last time. fingers crossed i can last out until next week when i have my c-section. cant wait to meet baby now xxx
Hi I'm 18 + 2 and have been waking up for the last few nights with a really strange tightening sensation in my lower abdo, I'm guessing this is the beginning of Braxton Hicks. The usually happen about 6 am and last for about 30 seconds each and I get 2 or 3 in a row. At first I thought it may off been baby changing position as I have been feeling my baby move since 14 weeks but it seems to strong. Anyone else experiencing at 18 weeks?
I am 18 +5 days and have been having this tightening sensation for a few weeks now. At 1st I thought it was baby moving but after speaking to my midwife yesterday she tells me it is BHs. Not had those butterfly feelings yet though so I wait for those! Exciting times
I'm 25.2wks pregnant with my fourth baby. I had B H with my other three but later on and mostly just a tightening. In this last week I've noticed after cleaning the house or walking for a long length of time that I get them and them are quite strong period type pains. Today I cleaned the bathrooms and have had them now for over an hour but they are starting to ease. Going to have a warm soak in the bath :)
hi im 35 weeks 1 day and ive been having braxton hicks but only light tightening but i woke up this morning with like really bad period pains and back pains and ive been getting a lot of discharge and i keep feeling sick and light headed but i havent had the show yet??
hi im 35 weeks 1 day and ive been having braxton hicks but only light tightening but i woke up this morning with like really bad period pains and back pains and ive been getting a lot of discharge and i keep feeling sick and light headed but i havent had the show yet??
hi im 35+4days and been having increased discharge and menstral cramps and pains down below over past couple days spontaniously and no regular pattern. not concerned but will enlighten my midwife with recent events when i see her in 6days. nearly fainted aswell today in mothercare plymouth and had a bout of diarrohea couple nights ago. hopefully wont be too much longer til baby arrives keep feeling movement and prutruding feelings of babies structure. keeping my eyes pealed for a show or waters going. fingers crossed everyone for labours and pregnancies. 4weeks and counting til due date!!!!! x
im 31 weeks, and had an episode of them the other day after walking up the stairs too fast at work, x3 flights, they literally dropped me to the floor, with tears. certainly gave me and my 2 'male' bosses a real shock, i went to the doctors as they were getting stronger but lasting 20 minutes, and i was checked and told they were BHicks, just a 'really good example of what to expect' - rather scary, esp when the boss begs me not to give birth in his car as he had to have gas and air for when his son was born !!
im 32 weeks and when i walk just under my tummy tightens and my side keeps having pains and my tummy tightens a lot .... these are braxton hicks, right ?
this is my second baby and i'm 21 weeks,and the last 2 nights i've woken with a weird tummy and my tummy is rock hard,as i said my second baby so i've had braxton hicks but is 21 weeks normal???
this is my second baby and i'm 21 weeks,and the last 2 nights i've woken with a weird tummy and my tummy is rock hard,as i said my second baby so i've had braxton hicks but is 21 weeks normal???
Im 35 weeks pregnant and having tightenin of my stomach were it would become very hard and often catches my breath. People have said its braxton hicks and others say i could be in labour but these happen irregularly. i am also getting sharp pains down below also... can anyone suggest what may be happening? :)
Hi i was wondering if anyone has had the same thing im 31 weeks and been having period like pain for the past few days they come and go so i don't think im in early labour as someone said i was. Could it just be things stretching ect.
Im 32 weeks and had them really bad so painful they brought tears to my eyes! With my little man would hurry now x
im 33 weeks, been have them for the last 6-8 weeks really painful nothing i try have seemed to work , on my first pregancy i never felt anything like this, even so my son was born at 34 weeks 5 days with no morning sickness at all, just cant wait til this 1 is out i have had nothing but pain and sickness thru out this pregancy...
Been having them from about 21weeks im 35 weeks now and they are sore when I have them.......I really just want my wee bundle to come now!!!!!! Been really ill this pregnancy!!!!
i'm 31 weeks, i have B.H a LOT, sporadically during the day but in the evening lately its been every half hour to 10 mins until i go to bed.
Now that i have read up on Braxton hicks n Contractions i feel more relaxed. Im actually looking forward tp meeting my baba in January!! the only thing i want to invest in is a Tens Machine but where would i hire one from??? Does anybody know...!!
Didn't have any first time around, this time have noticed if I laugh too much or in the evenings when I lie down my whole belly goes hard for a little while - and uncomfortable because I suddenly feels elbows and knees all over the place ! Thinking these are braxton hicks ? Chantal (33+1)
I wish I knew when mine would start I'm 29+4 first baby and wish I could be prepared for them.
Yes have sympathy for you. Only 22 weeks myself and been having braxton hicks for couple of weeks. They seem to get more intense in the evening and a nice warm bath is the only thing that seems to calm them down! I have been assured that this is normal and can get worse the more pregnancys you have.
I'm 38 + 4 and now they are really intense, get them 10 times or so a day and they last for 30 seconds to 1 minute, not painful just really uncomfortable, usually find they happen when I am sitting upright or especially if I bend over to pick somthing up.
Im 22+3, and expecting my second child. I have had braxton hicks on two separate occasions now. I last had them yesterday, and they were extreamly uncomfortable!! It made me be sick in the middle of tescos car park! I also got that period like feeling all in the bottom of my back. They came and went over a 45min period, and finally faded when i lied on my bed!! My husband ran me a bath, and that relaxed me and the sick feeling just went! I really hope that i dont keep getting them on a regular basis! Ive had them twice this week so far and it wasnt nice!! I know every one is different and some people just get tightinings and then it goes. Good luck every one! :) x
I am now 35 weeks and I have had BH since about 29 weeks,this is my third baby and BH this time are quite painfull than just uncomfortable. Last night I thought I was starting early labour at first but after walking around it subsided.
Submitted by SarahJRoberts on Mon, 19/09/2011 - 16:28. im 24+3wks this will be my third baby. i have been getting a stitch type feeling across the lower part of my stomach, it only seems to happen when im walking about. i never had it with my other children, i told the midwife about it and she wasnt sure. it doesnt last very long but feels better if i hold a bit of pressure on my stomach. just wondering if anyone would describe BH in this way??? hope someone can help!!! thanx x im 28 weeks, and have the exact same thing.. iv been told to try not open my legs, asin when walking up stairs take one step at a time, or try have showers more often than baths, as u have to stretch your legs to get in and out. Also when walking, walk slowly and avoid walkin for a long time. Doing these small changes have been helping me. x
Im 32 weeks and didn't know i was pregnant until I was 25 weeks :D I have just had my first symptoms today B/H x They started of as a really strong stich feeling so I hope that helps you Sarah x
im 24+3wks this will be my third baby. i have been getting a stitch type feeling across the lower part of my stomach, it only seems to happen when im walking about. i never had it with my other children, i told the midwife about it and she wasnt sure. it doesnt last very long but feels better if i hold a bit of pressure on my stomach. just wondering if anyone would describe BH in this way??? hope someone can help!!! thanx x
im a day overdue and have been getting BH for a couple of weeks now. Midwife assured me that its going to help make labour shorter, oh yes!!! 35 hrs last time so music to my ears
im 35 wks & getting bh alot more intense now!
I'm almost 29 weeks pregnant now and I started having them yesterday and I didn't have a clue what was happening they are very uncomfortable but at least they don't last very long
i had a couple last week and get the odd one now and again but i origionally thought it was just baby being stubborn and moving quickly until i had one at a midwife appt. didnt really bother me cant wait for my little bundle of joy to arrive me and my partner are realy excited about becoming parents <3 21&3 days xXx
I think i may of been having BH from a really early stage, I didn't know what was going on and used to worry something was wrong. I'm 18+3 weeks at the mo and have for quite a few weeks experienced cramping and period pains, sometimes they seem to go on for ever. The thing is i drink lots of water but still always feel dehydrated and need to wee a lot so i think the pains start when i'm needing the toilet. Does anyone know of people having them so much so early or am i experiencing something else? It's my first!
i am due tomorrow (11th september) and have only really started noticing braxton hicks this week, last night and today iv had quite alot of them, lasting about 20seconds each. some are 5 minutes apart and some are 20/30 minutes apart. I dont think my little man is going to be showing himself on his due date, iv had no signs that labour is on its way.
I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second child. I've been getting braxton hicks every other day for nearly a week. They tend to last for a few mins, so I just either sit down on the sofa or lay down to get some rest. I also had them in my first pregnancy, but I think because I have my first to look after (he will be 2yrs on 21/09) it's a bit more difficult to get some rest.
I am pregnant with my fourth child and never had BH in my first pregnancy. My second they were like tightening with no pain then my third I would suddenly get such a painful 'contraction' that it would make m estop whatever I was doingg. They would only last around ten to fifteen minutes then subside but scared the life out of me once or twice a week lol. I'm dreadiing them this time around as my midwife said that they are likely to get worse with subsequent babies lol
i am 29 weeks pregnant and have been having them for about a month. i to find them pain full and at first i was scared as i thought i was coming into labour. my midwife told me they was normal and not to worry but i still cant get used to them and get very restless
im 30/31 weeks now and im having braxton hicks .... they are so uncomfortable .... i find a warm bath really helps x
I have been having Braxton Hicks but mine can be more bordering on painful than just uncomfortable and I do have quite a high pain threshold. They even wake me up at night. I am now 26 weeks, they last anywhere from 10 minutes to 3/4 hour stop and then a few hours later start again. I did not experience this during my first pregnancy so to begin with it was quite scary. However, the baby does still move during the Braxton Hicks so I know there is no need to panic about going into early labour!
How many times should they occur in the later stage of pregnancy (25-40 weeks)???? I've only had one set that
i am nearly 33 weeks pregnant and have had bh for some weeks now they feel like period pains but dont last very long.