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Braxton hicks contractions are also known as false labor pains. Though these irregular uterine contractions may occur in the second trimester, they're more likely to occur during the third trimester of pregnancy. Unlike true labor pains, false labor pains are often irregular, may stop when you walk, rest, or change positions, and the contractions do not get closer together or stronger.

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Terms related to Braxton Hicks Contractions:

  • Contractions, Braxton-Hicks
  • False Labor
  • Labor, False