Braxton Hicks Contractions (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
In this Article
- Braxton-Hicks contractions facts
- What are Braxton-Hicks contractions?
- How do Braxton-Hicks contractions feel?
- What can be done if Braxton-Hicks contractions are uncomfortable?
- When should I call my doctor?
- Find a local Obstetrician-Gynecologist in your town
How do Braxton-Hicks contractions feel?
Braxton-Hicks contractions are not typically painful as true labor contractions may be. Some women describe them as a tightening sensation across the lower abdomen. They may feel similar to menstrual cramps in some women. The abdomen may become firm to the touch. They do not occur at regular intervals.
What can be done if Braxton-Hicks contractions are uncomfortable?
There are measures you can take to bring about relief if Braxton-Hicks contractions are uncomfortable:
- Changing positions, such as taking a walk, or rest if you are active
- Drink a glass of water, or a cup of herbal tea
- Try relaxation exercises or mental relaxation
- Eat something
- Try a warm bath for up to 30 minutes
When should I call my doctor ?
Call your doctor or midwife if you haven't reached 37 weeks and the contractions are increasing in frequency, are more painful or you have any of the signs of preterm labor:
- Increase vaginal discharge or any vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Increasing low back pain or pelvic pressure
- More than four contractions an hour
- Menstrual like cramping or abdominal pain
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Normal Labor and Delivery.
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