What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions And What Do They Feel Like?

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Okay, mama. So you’re here today because you’re experiencing Braxton Hicks or what you think are Braxton Hicks and you’re wondering what are these contractions? When do they come? What do they feel? Like, how do you get relief? And then also how do you tell the difference between this and real labor? We’re going to go ahead and dive into all that right now.

So what are Braxton Hicks?

Basically Braxton Hanks are kind of practice labor. It can sometimes be referred to as false labor and it’s basically your uterus tightening and releasing and getting ready for the Day with maybe a rice.

So although it’s not super fun. It’s completely normal. And if you’re not wondering if this is Braxton Hicks or even gasps, it’s completely normal for some women not to even get Braxton Hicks all together. So if you’re not getting Braxton Hicks don’t be afraid that you’re not going to go into labor.

Does Everybody Experience Them?

Not every woman gets Braxton Hicks, but it can also be the other side of the spectrum where your played by Braxton Hicks from, you know week 14 and you have them. Until the big day as well. So it’s all over the Spectrum. Whatever you’re feeling what kind of dive into whatever accent hick feels like but they’re basically this tightening of your stomach some people kind of referred to as like gas pains almost but like they don’t go away like it’s a tightening of your stomach where it feels like maybe your tummies in a knot. It’s usually on like the front of your belly or it’ll even feel like menstrual cramps everyone kind of describes them. Really and I feel like everyone describes them differently because they feel different for each person.

What Do They Feel Like?

Mine don’t really ever feel like menstrual cramps, but for some women that’s really how they describe them. And what they feel like is kind of like when they’re getting their period for me. It’s just a real like my stomach will just get like rock hard and will feel super tight. So that’s kind of what they are. They don’t really get painful. I don’t like saying that because honestly sometimes my Braxton Hicks Gibbler line painful to the point where I’m like maybe I should Papa Tylenol so that I can actually get some sleep.

But if that’s you don’t feel like you can’t say that they’re painful because you know, I don’t know pain is very relative and I’ve had this is my third pregnancy and I’ve had almost three babies.

So I guess when I know what it labor pains are and I get arrested pick and I think it’s painful it’s painful. Okay. So now that, you know a little bit of what they feel like comment below and tell me what your rocks and Hicks are feeling like are you getting more menstrual cramps? Are you getting that tightening?

Do you have another way to describe them, but I’ll comment below and see what each other are feeling. I always find it interesting how different women experience different things. So let us know below what your Rex and Hicks are feeling like and maybe how long they’re going sometimes mind go for long time. I the other day I had Braxton Hicks like all afternoon and into the evening.

Also Braxton Hicks do not help you to dilate or a face until way later. And you’re getting close to labor and delivery. But all those early ones are just plain tightening and releasing of the uterus and don’t are prepping for baby through any type of dilation or effacement. When do these Braxton Hicks happen?

When Do They Start Happening?

They’re going to happen in start probably in your second trimester. If you’re going to get them some for those that start a little bit later it can happen in third trimester for me. I usually start around second trimester late into second trimester and then they kind of go through all the way until But I’ve learned super different. So like I said, you could start getting Braxton Hicks, you know, right at second trimester at week 14 or you could be getting Braxton Hicks for the first time at week 39 or 40. It’s totally normal to experience anywhere in the spectrum.

So it’s really hard to determine if and when you’re going to get them. You also may be getting them if you already are having Braxton Hicks if your bladder is full after sex if you’re really dehydrated if you been exercising Easing or walking a lot those can be triggers. So just kind of keep that in mind when you’re trying to avoid your triggers and figure out what’s causing your Braxton Hicks if you’re kind of getting uncomfortable in want them to go away. Okay, so now we know what they are when they come and what they feel like and you’re wondering how do I get rid of them?

So there’s a few things you can try, but honestly it’s going to depend on what’s causing them. But these are kind of the go-to is to try first. So if you’ve been resting a What you’re going to want to get up and go for a walk if you been walking a lot you’re going to want to lay down and rest if you just had sex that are probably trigger it so just resting after that.

It’s going to be a way that you can try to get those to go away if your bladder is full try going to the bathroom a full bladder can kind of irritate the uterus and cause Braxton Hicks. So try to go and pee and see if that helps also one of the most common reasons for Braxton. Hey, X is dehydration and a lot of pregnant women don’t get nearly as much water as they should. So if you’re experiencing consistent Braxton Hicks try pounding a ton of water and get as much in during the day as you can and see if that helps you how do you tell the difference between these and real labor? Basically, your real labor contractions are going to be the opposite of Braxton Hicks instead of being unpredictable kind of all over the place not consistent.

Your labor contractions are going to be pretty timely they’re going to be spaced apart about the same. They’re going to slowly get closer together. They’re going to get longer and they’re going to get more painful. So that’s kind of a way to gauge and all that’s going to be a timing thing. So you’re just going to have to kind of wait around and see labor is kind of one of those things that you just are waiting on and eventually it just like shows up at the door. So kind of watch those signs and if you’re experiencing more than four contractions per hour, we’re really starting to get painful or you have any questions about any of this always call your doctor. If you have any concerns or you have any questions or call Labor and Delivery at your hospital and kind of walk them through what you’re feeling and if you think if they think you should come in or not to get checked. Okay, so that’s kind of the download on Braxton Hicks and how to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and real labor.