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Braxton-Hicks Contractions

The uterine muscles will contract (tighten) starting as early as the second trimester of pregnancy on. Irregular, infrequent contractions are called Braxton-Hicks contractions (also known as "false labor pains"). These are normal during pregnancy.

Recommendations:

  • Try to relax
  • Change positions. Sometimes this can ease the contractions.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on August 15, 2012
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