Braxton Hicks

October 27, 2017

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are painless sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won't be able to feel them that early. They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872. Who gets them? Braxton Hicks contractions are normal in all pregnancies, but you probably won't start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, and some women don’t notice them at all. As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they'll probably remain infrequent,…
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