Please be aware that some programs and video content are temporarily unavailable, as the CEMM transitions to a new website. This content will be available soon but if you have any questions or concerns please contact us here

Shaken Baby Syndrome



Dr. O’Connor

As early as six weeks into your pregnancy, you may begin to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are usually painless, irregular uterine contractions or tightening of the uterus. Most women, especially in their first pregnancy, won’t feel Braxton-Hicks contractions until after about 20 weeks.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are normal, and are part of how your uterus gets ready for labor. If they are uncomfortable it may help to:

  • Empty your bladder and drink two to three glasses of water
  • Lie down on your side with your hands on your belly so you can feel the contractions, and
  • Keep track of how often the contractions occur

You should contact your healthcare team immediately if

  • The contractions are regular and don’t go away
  • The contractions are painful
  • The symptoms don’t improve, or
  • You have a history of preterm labor