Braxton Hicks Contractions vs. Real Labor Contractions

We’ve discussed Braxton Hicks Contractions in previous blogs — but, as your due date comes closer it’s important to discuss the difference between Braxton Hicks Contractions and true labor contractions.

For more information on what Braxton Hicks contractions are, look at our recent blog:

What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions?

The Difference Between Braxton Hicks Contractions and Real Labor Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are your body preparing for labor. You might not be ready for delivering a baby, but your body is practicing. Even though Braxton Hicks contractions are just false labor pains, they can be really hard to decipher from real labor contractions. Here are signs and symptoms to be aware of if you are experiencing contraction pain:

With regular contractions you can set your watch and time them. Braxton Hicks contractions are very sporadic.

Regular contractions get stronger as time goes on. Braxton Hicks contractions don’t necessarily get stronger as time goes on. Your body is essentially practicing for the big finale. While Braxton Hicks contractions aren’t typically described as unbearable, they’re more uncomfortable.

What Causes Braxton Hicks Contractions / Dehydration Contractions?

Dehydration and overactivity is one of the main culprits of Braxton Hicks contractions. If you’re feeling sporadic contractions then put your feet up, rest and drink lots of water. If they become more intense and regular, you should go in and see your doctor.

If your water broke or you have abnormal vaginal discharge then they may be real labor contractions. Consult your doctor.

Braxton Hicks contractions are typically experienced in the beginning of the first trimester. If you are experiencing contractions close to your due date and are worried about them, consult your doctor.

For more information on what to expect during your third trimester, click here:

What To Expect During Your Third Trimester

Call OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch With Your Questions

If you are experiencing intense pain and cramping, try drinking water, rest your feet and consult your doctor. At OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we are there for every woman at every stage of their life. Please call us today!

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