Braxton Hicks Contractions (cont.)

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:

What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

Reader Stories

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, deep breathing, or mental relaxation
  • Eat something
  • Try a warm bath for up to 30 minutes
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

Stages of Pregnancy Pictures Slideshow: See the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Trimesters of Mom & Baby

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Braxton Hicks Contractions - Experience Question: Please describe your experience with Braxton Hicks contractions.
Braxton Hicks Contractions - What They Feel Like Question: What did Braxton Hicks contractions feel like for you?
Braxton Hicks Contractions - False or True Labor Question: Describe the difference you experienced between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor.
Braxton Hicks Contractions - Calling the Doctor Question: Were you hesitant to call your doctor about Braxton Hicks contractions? Please share your story.