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Braxton-Hicks Contractions 


Dr. McGuire

Braxton-Hicks contractions are sometimes called false labor. Many women experience this type of contraction later in their pregnancy. These contractions can sometimes be caused by dehydration, infection, increased activity or, occasionally, sexual activity. All women have some contractions before it’s time for labor to actually start.

Braxton-Hicks can feel similar to the contractions of labor, but they don’t lead to the same physical changes that real labor contractions do. Usually, Braxton-Hicks contractions are not regular, go away with rest, and are only slightly uncomfortable. As a rule of thumb, you should not be concerned unless you’re having four to six contractions each hour and they continue for more than two hours. Contractions that are less frequent than this are probably Braxton-Hicks. Just to be safe, let your healthcare team know if you have any cramps that are painful, persistent and repetitive.