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Will I get Braxton Hicks contractions during my 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Braxton Hick contractions are irregular tightening of the uterine muscle that beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy. Braxton Hick contractions are also referred to as false labor or practice contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are often relieved with position change or activity. Most pregnant women experience Braxton Hick contraction and some women find them to cause discomfort.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Many women get Braxton Hicks contractions during their 2nd trimester. Braxton Hicks contractions are small contractions of the uterus that your body produces in order to prepare itself for labor. You usually do not know when they will come and go. If these contractions become very intense, talk to your doctor since this could be a sign of pre-term labor.

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