Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks are light, irregular contractions that are often mistaken as "false labor."

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What are possible alternative causes for Chadwicks sign Hegars sign Goodells sign Braxton Hicks or Ballottement?

Ballottement indicates an increase of fluid over the patella at the knee joint - this has more to do with an injury or infection and nothing to do with pregnancy.

Braxton Hicks or practice contractions are uterine contractions not usually felt until the second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy - the only cause of Braxton Hicks is pregnancy.

Chadwick's sign is a bluish discoloration of the cervix, vagina, and labia caused by the hormone estrogen, its presence is an early sign of pregnancy.

Goodell's Sign is a softening of the cervix and vagina - an indication of pregnancy.

Hegar's sign is a softening at the cervix (lower end) and the fundus (top of) the uterus - an indication of pregnancy.

While similar conditions may have alternative causes - Braxton Hick's, Chadwick's, Goodell's and Hegar's are all found in pregnancy.

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What is ballottement sign?

Its the medical sign which indicates increased fluid in the suprapatellar pouch over the patella at the knee joint.

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Do braxton hicks contractions get worse with each subsequent pregnancy?

Supposedly. http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=15845

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What does it mean when internal OS closed?

It means the upper part of your cervix is closed. This is a good sign before 37 wks of pregnancy. When it is opened, it is considered to be funneling. Making your cervix look like a "Y".

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36 weeks pregnant with 2nd child - bad braxton hicks some that feel like labor pains - midwife says the babys head is real low - should I expect to go into labor soon?

I am 40 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and experience strong braxton hicks for about 4 weeks. The babys head is on zero since 3 weeks and i dilated to 3 cm about 2 weeks ago, and i am still waiting. If you still have your mucus plug I would guess you have another 2 - 3 weeks... but who knows, the little treasures come when they are ready and not us! Good luck and hang in there

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How many Braxton hicks contractions are normal?

4 or fewer per hour are acceptable. 5 or more call your doctor.

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Is it normal at 37 weeks to not have any contractions and only Braxton Hick every now and then?

It happened to me when I was pregnant. After that my OB/GYN had scheduled Induced labor at due date, they don't want you to be overdue, it's not good for the baby. Many women don't even notice Braxton-Hicks especially if they are very busy, and it is nothing to worry about and is not a predictor of how your labor will go. research has shown that a baby can safely go up to 2 weeks after the due date but by about 10 days most doctors will start thinking about induction.

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How many braxton hicks can you have in a hour?

Braxton Hicks can be quite regular and can come 5 or 10 minutes apart but they are not making changes in the cervix. The easiest way to tell Braxton Hicks from true labor is to drink a glass of water or juice, and change your activity. If walking, lie down - if lying down, take a walk. Labor will not stop when you move around or stop what you are doing, Braxton Hicks generally will.

If you are having regular contractions it is best to call your doctor or hospital for an evaluation - many women have quite painful Braxton Hick's and many women have very little pain from early contractions that could signal early labor.

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Do all pregnant women get Braxton Hicks contractions?

Nope. Only some do. The lucky ones don't. The Braxton Hicks is just the preparation contractions. Letting you know that your baby is almost ready. They contractions come usually after 6 months. My doctor said there not supposed to hurt, but mines did. I thought I was in labor and I went to the doctor and my doctor sent me home saying that they are just Braxton Hicks and there nothing to be worried about.

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All over back pain early pregnancy?

ask your doctor or midwife about it

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What if you dont have Braxton-Hicks contraction by 37 weeks?

Then you're lucky I suppose. Not every woman experiences them, and almost all women experience them differently when they do occur. Some aren't bothered by them in the slightest whereas others are in serious discomfort because of them. They can start as early as 16 weeks, or as late as right before labor. I'm in my 4th pregnancy now and have had them begin at different times (and with different frequencies and intensities) for every pregnancy. All I know is that when real labor finally began, there was no mistaking it for Braxton Hicks!

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When the fetus urinates where does it go?

It urinates because it swallows small amounts of amniotic fluid, and because its kidneys are fully functional, filtering toxins from the blood stream; it then passes urine back into the amniotic fluid.

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If you have braxton hicks early in pregnancy does it mean you will go into labor early?

My wife who has had them say no.

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What do you do if you missed three birth control pills?

Hello - You need to use a condom when you have intercourse for the next week or preferably two weeks and continue taking the tablets as normal.

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Is braxton hicks contractions are the first true labor pains?

False

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Do atarax stops false labor?

Yes. Don't forget buy: atarax

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Is it normal at 34 weeks pregnant to have like a period pain?

It could be contractions or it could be false contractions (Braxton Hicks)

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Does either braxton hicks or real contractions cause you to dialate or are they not related?

I did not have any contractions and I was dialated to a 2. Braxton hicks do not normally make you dialate. Real contractions do make you dialatel

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What do braxton hicks contractions really feel like?

contractions or false laborEveryone is different, because of how everyone deals with pain, so there isn't any steadfast rule. My own personal experience...It felt like tightening up your fist and then releasing it, but it was your stomach muscles obviously, not your fist. That's what I felt.

Braxton Hicks are not painful, but they do feel like the person above said. Or perhaps if you put your hand on your man's bicep as he tightens it. They gradually become more co-ordinated and uncomfortable and morph into labor contractions.

What they felt like to me, was a very painful period. O couldn't get past the pain and nervousness to feel any abdominal tightening or anything like that, but everyone is different....I am 27 weeks now and experienced my first Braxton Hicks contraction last night. I really freaked out because I didnt know what was happening. I thought i was going into premature labor or worse... But then the pain went away as suddenly as it started. First thing in the morning i called my doctor and he assured me that all was well. SO if you experience something that feels like you are having a very painful period and there are no signs of blood or watery discharge then you are probably having one of these lovely "dress rehearsals" for labor...ENJOY!

Everyone feels things differently, but for me when I had Braxton Hicks contractions, by belly tightened and went rock hard for about 30 seconds and felt quite uncomfortable, then stopped, this would happen for ten minutes or so and then stop. I started noticing them from about the 20th week of my pregnancy right up until I had my baby. They are uncomfortable, but it's good to know everything is working as it should be!

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If you had such strong braxton hicks contractions last night that you thought it was the real thing does that mean real labor is close?

No, braxton hicks just help your uterus prepare but it does not mean you are close to delivery trust me I have been there too sweetie.

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What does it mean when your baby drops?

It means that your baby is moving downward towards the birth canal. It may also take some pressure off your chest, making heartburn not a big deal anymore. Baby is soon on the way!

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Does missing the birth control pill for more than three days affect your body?

You will have a withdrawal bleed, and it will certainly affect your body if you get pregnant.

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What is trace in urine during pregnancy?

There is a hormone that can be traced in your urine when you are pregnant, and that is called the HCG hormone. Advanced pregnancy tests can detect this hormone & what percentage of the HCG hormone that is in your urine.

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Does braxton hicks mean that you are about to go into labor?

no

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If 35 weeks with 2nd baby midwife say head is 3 fifths and baby is real low have more braxton hicks lately then this morn woke with bad pains then later a lil wet patch but nufin since is this normal?

second born is more likely to come sooner in a normal pregnancy, you need to see your midwife as soon as possible as if you have lost some of your waters you are more likely to get infections that could harm the baby, this is a really common occurance and nothing to worry about but see your midwife to be sure.

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