Braxton-Hicks contractions are one of the most common questions asked by pregnant women, and it’s important to understand why they occur. Braxton-Hicks contractions are the practice contractions that occur throughout pregnancy, and they can be uncomfortable and cause concern for the mother. Knowing what causes them and how to manage them can help make pregnancy a little easier.
What are Braxton-Hicks Contractions?
Braxton-Hicks contractions are also known as “false labor” or “practice contractions.” They are the body’s way of preparing the uterus and cervix for labor. They are usually mild, irregular, and do not cause the cervix to open. They can feel like a tightening and releasing of the uterus and are usually painless.
Why Am I Experiencing Them?
Braxton-Hicks contractions are normal and common throughout pregnancy. They usually start in the second trimester and become more frequent and intense as the pregnancy progresses. The most common cause of Braxton-Hicks contractions is dehydration. Other causes can include physical activity, such as walking or climbing stairs, or full bladder. Stress and fatigue can also trigger Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are a normal part of pregnancy and can be uncomfortable and cause concern for the mother. Knowing what causes them and how to manage them can help make pregnancy a little easier. Drinking plenty of water and resting when needed can help reduce the frequency and intensity of Braxton-Hicks contractions. If the contractions become more frequent and intense, it’s important to contact your doctor to rule out preterm labor.