Braxton Hicks Contractions

Sporadic contractions of the uterus felt during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy in preparation for giving birth is called Braxton Hicks contractions. Unlike labour pains, Braxton Hicks contractions last for 30 seconds and can be uncomfortable, but usually, are not painful.

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How to differentiate between Braxton Hicks contractions and early labor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I am not sure if what I am feeling is Braxton Hicks contractions or an early sign of labor.  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The Braxton Hicks contractions are mild in intensity and vague in frequency. These contractions hardly cause much discomfort to the pregnant woman. The labor contractions are dull in nature, to begin with, and go on increasing in intensity. Labor contractions ar...  Read Full »

I Have Braxton Hicks At 27 Weeks. Could I Be In Preterm?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 weeks pregnant and have had Braxton Hicks steady for two days with my back cramping and pressure in my bum and vagina. Could I be in preterm?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not mentioned your gynecological, obstetrics, menstrual and drug history. Have you previously had a normal delivery? If no, then the body prepares itself for normal vaginal delivery in the third trimester. In the first time mother, this process is long as it i...  Read Full »

Will contraction with 0 station indicate false labor pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 weeks pregnant. I have been having contractions for six days straight now. They started at 20 minutes apart, then got closer. They have been two minutes apart lasting an average of 54 seconds for three days. They have not let up or have stopped. I went to the hospital and they...  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Braxton Hicks contractions do occur about six weeks prior to labor but are generally not associated with effacement. If they were real labor pains you should have started fetal descent from 0 stations by now as well. Now, if the intensity of the pains are increasing...  Read Full »

Ultrasound showed looped nuchal cord around the fetus neck. Will there be any complication?

Query: Hello doctor, A pregnant woman aged 24 years with running the 36th week of the gestation period, undergone ultrasound given a report of looped nuchal cord around the neck twice. Is there any complication? Fetus movements are good with a normal heartbeat and raised liquor. Are there any complication...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The complication could be at labor, at contractions or during Braxton Hicks contractions. Have a strict check on fetal movements and do have recurrent fetal electronic monitoring. In case of reduced fetal monitoring, you need to evaluate electronic fetal monitoring. Dur...  Read Full »

Being pregnant, suffering from pain in lower abdomen and back. Is it labour pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Since last few days my wife (she is pregnant) is suffering from pain in the lower abdomen and back. We have visited our gynaecologist to watch whether the pain is due to labour or not. After checking, he said the pain is not for labour. He prescribed pain killer Duvadilan retard (Isoxs...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The ultrasound report is perfectly fine and the baby is average 36 weeks of gestation and head down position, placenta is normal and so is the AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index) and weight of t...  Read Full »

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