Week 33 – Braxton Hicks Contractions

November 15, 2013

Even since I noticed a Braxton Hick around week28, it became more frequent in the last a couple of weeks. Sometimes I even have 4 or 5 times Braxton Hicks within an hour. I checked books and found out that it’s normal for my uterus to practice mile contractions like Braxton Hick, as long as it doesn’t come with cramps and pain. I just feel discomfort and tightness in my belly.

Below is information of Braxton from Internet research:

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won’t be able to feel them that early. You probably won’t start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, if you notice them at all. (Some women don’t.) They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

How can I tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions?

In the days or weeks before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may intermittently become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, possibly fooling you into thinking you’re in labor. But unlike true labor, during this so-called false labor the contractions don’t grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together.

What can I do if my Braxton Hicks contractions are making me uncomfortable?

If you’re within a few weeks of your due date, try these measures:

  • Change your activity or position. Sometimes walking provides relief. At other times, resting eases contractions. (True labor contractions, on the other hand, will persist and progress regardless of what you do.)
  • Take a warm bath to help your body relax.
  • Try drinking a couple of glasses of water, since these contractions can sometimes be brought on by dehydration.
  • Try relaxation exercises or slow, deep breathing. This won’t stop the Braxton Hicks contractions, but it may help you cope with the discomfort. (Use this opportunity to practice some of the pain-management strategies you’ve learned in your childbirth preparation class.)
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