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

(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
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Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, usually painless uterine contractions that tend to occur from around the middle of your pregnancy and increase in frequency as your due date nears.
Murray, 28, who works as an internal auditor for Milford-based Waters Corp., said she was having Braxton Hicks contractions on Monday afternoon, but wasn't quite sure she was in labor because she felt them in her abdomen more than her back.
Apparently I have in the future to look forward to constant back ache, possible high blood pressure, something called Braxton Hicks contractions, insomnia, leg cramps, heartburn, shortness of breath and the little blighter keeping me awake by kicking me in the bladder/intestines/stomach etc.
"But we need to get rid of the term Braxton Hicks contractions," he said, referring to the intermittent, usually painless contractions felt by many women in mid-pregnancy.
And once they're swapping tips on Braxton Hicks contractions, nursery colour schemes and clucking, "you don't want to leave it too late...
Speaking at the National Television Awards party, Jessie explained: "It turned out to be a false alarm - what doctors call Braxton Hicks contractions.