Braxton Hicks Contractions (cont.)

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What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

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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

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