Braxton Hicks contractions


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Braxton Hicks contractions

 [braks´ton hiks´]
light, usually painless, irregular contractions of the uterus throughout pregnancy, gradually increasing in intensity and frequency and becoming more rhythmic during the third trimester; they are often mistaken for true labor, and are sometimes referred to as “false labor.” They may be stimulated by the descent of the head of the fetus into the pelvic inlet. Braxton Hicks contractions are not as regular and rhythmic as are true labor contractions.

Braxton Hicks contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions

(brak'ston-hiks?)
[John Braxton Hicks, Brit. gynecologist, 1823–1897]
False labor. These contractions are not true labor pains because they do not cause dilation and effacement of the cervix, but are often interpreted as such.
Synonym: Hicks sign

Braxton Hicks contractions

Tightening of the uterus or abdomen that can occur throughout pregnancy. These contractions do not cause changes to the cervix and are sometimes called false labor or practice contractions.
Mentioned in: Premature Labor