Braxton Hicks Pregnancy
Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as practice contractions or false labor pains, were first described in 1872 by an English doctor and the condition was named after him.
How long do Braxton Hicks last?
These contractions are most commonly felt in the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy, but can be experienced in the second trimester as well. The muscles in the uterus normally tighten for 30 to 60 seconds, but can last as long as two minutes. According to Leslie Gonzalez MD, a PIH Health Physicians OB/GYN, you can consider these contractions as an opportunity to practice breathing techniques in preparation for the “real thing”.
What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?
- Are not usually very painful. Uncomfortable is a better description.
- Are not felt at regular intervals.
- Don’t get closer together or longer as they go on.
- Don’t get stronger over time.
- May subside with change in position or with activity.
- Eventually taper off and disappear.
The following things can trigger contractions:
- When mother or baby are very active.
- If someone touches the mother’s belly.
- When the bladder is full.
- After sex.
How to Alleviate contractions:
- Move around or change positions.
- Take a warm (not hot) bath for 30 minutes or less.
- Because contractions may be brought on by dehydration, drink a couple of glasses of water
When to call your doctor during a Braxton Hicks Pregnancy
If these steps don’t work, you should contact your doctor. If you are looking for an OB/GYN, Dr. Gonzalez practices at the Brookshire Medical Office Building in Downey, Ca. View her video on her physician profile or call 562.904.5151.