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How can I stop Braxton Hicks contractions in week 22 of pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Actions to decrease the discomfort from Braxton Hicks contractions include changing position, drinking healthy fluids, resting, or effleurage of the abdomen. Because Braxton Hick contraction are involuntary muscular activity they can't be controlled by external actions, but there are strategies to cope with the discomfort.
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Braxton-Hicks contractions are false contractions that happen so that your uterus can "practice" for labor, and they sometimes start around the 22nd week of pregnancy but more commonly in the third trimester. They are harmless but may be alarming to pregnant women, especially those who are worried about premature labor. Some actions you can take to stop Braxton-Hicks contractions are lying down (if you've been standing), standing or walking (if you've been lying down), bathing in warm water, or drinking water or warm milk or tea. Getting proper rest can help prevent them, too.

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