Have you heard of this term before? BRAXTON HICKS or a baby moving.
Do you know what do Braxton hicks contractions feel like? These are the contractions you feel before your actual labor. Imagine being in pain and thinking that its labor and finally finding out that it wasn’t!
False alert, that would have been a relive!
Well the world has to go thank Dr. John Brax ton Hick who cleared the air and put aside the confusion between these contractions which now we know as the Braxton hick contractions and actual labor contractions.
Braxton Hicks contractions begin in the second trimester but are pretty common in the third trimester. This is the reason for it to be confused with the actual labor contractions because they happen so close to many of you actually going into labor.
What happens during a Braxton hicks contractions?
During this condition the muscles of your uterus tighten for as long as 30 to 60 seconds or sometimes longer than that. During all the changes in your body, your hormones are at work preparing your body and getting it ready for the real thing “LABOR.”
However, here, don’t worry! These contractions cannot push your baby out, the way actual labor contractions do.
What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?
Braxton Hicks contractions or baby moving is an uncomfortable mild tightening feeling that starts at the front of your uterus and runs downwards. This makes your abdomen hard. They feel like a muscle cramping up contrary to what a cramp in your leg feels like, but without the pain. Once your due date is near these pains will become intense and more frequent.
Know the difference between Braxton Hicks and True Labor Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are not frequent but usually common during the third trimester. They mostly last for 15 to 30 seconds, sometimes a little longer. However, their intensity should reduce when you change your position.
Real labor contractions grow stronger, and their duration increases with time. Real contractions last for 30 to 70 seconds, and they don’t subside by changing position. These contractions make the cervix thin and dilated. Also, they may be accompanied by a blood discharge, water breakage or loss of mucus plug.
Treat the Braxton hicks contractions
Drink more: Hydration can keep you going and can minimize the chances for the contractions.
Try to move more: Be physically active. Keep yourself moving such that if you are having a contraction and you are sitting, try to stand up.
Practice breathing: Make these contractions a chance to practice breathing. (If your partner’s around, make him practice, too.)
It can be labor!
What do Braxton hicks contractions feel like? Do they feel like actual labor?
Did you know even if you aren’t yet 39 weeks pregnant but your contractions intensity and frequency is increasing, you may be in preterm labor. So be cautious and know about your pregnancy.
Becoming a mother is a beautiful experience. Sure it can also get a little tough at times just like Braxton hicks or baby moving but making the entire journey worth it is a challenge on its own. If you want to learn more about living with pregnancy, make sure to visit Abduo and take a course on Maternity.