Uterine contractions encountered in almost every period during pregnancy can be a source of concern for expectant mothers, as it may be a precursor to the onset of labor or an earlier miscarriage.
Braxton-Hicks” or False Contractions
They are intermittent and non-painful contractions. These contractions result from the uterus’s movements to adapt to the baby’s growth. We describe it as “false” contractions because these contractions do not cause any opening in the cervix. “Braxton-Hicks” contractions can repeat 10-15 times daily and not exceed 30 seconds each.
Stress and fatigue increase these contractions. If you feel the contractions more than usual, it’s a good idea to stop and rest or take a shower. Deep and regular breathing will also help reduce contractions.
Contractions that mark the onset of labor are completely different from “Braxton-Hicks” contractions because they are regular and painful. These pains gradually increase in frequency (like every 3, 5, or 10 minutes and 30, 40, or 50 seconds each).
If such contractions come more frequently and last longer, labor has likely begun. In this case, grabbing your bag and heading to the hospital is useful.