Am I Having Braxton Hicks or Contractions?!

Just as quickly as the strange feeling came over me, however, I made a rash discovery. I didn’t actually know what a Braxton Hicks contraction was or how it was supposed to feel!

What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions, otherwise known as “practice contractions,” are a common side effect of pregnancy that usually begins during the second trimester.

What Causes Braxton Hicks Contractions?

- Intense Exercise or High Levels of Activity - Becoming Dehydrated - Having Sex - Having Your Belly Touched - Full Bladders

What Are True Labor Contractions?

Not only does this mean you’ll be having contractions at regular intervals, but they’ll also gain speed as your labor progresses. While they might start 10-15 minutes apart, you’ll begin to notice them coming more frequently.

How Can You Tell if You’re Having Braxton Hicks or Contractions?

Are you still confused about whether you’ve just had Braxton Hicks vs. labor contractions? No worries! Use our contractions vs. Braxton Hicks quiz to figure it out!

Do Your Contractions Go Away After Drinking a Glass of Water?

Since dehydration can play a significant role in the presence of Braxton Hicks, some doctors suggest drinking a glass of water to help you figure out whether you’re dealing with false labor or the real deal. If the water helps to settle the sensation, you’ve got Braxton Hicks on your hands.

Does Movement Change Your Contractions?

Movement can be an indicator as to whether you’re dealing with Braxton Hicks or contractions. If the pain doesn’t subside by switching positions, taking a walk, or moving in general, you’re probably dealing with genuine labor.

 Are Your Contractions Getting Stronger or Weaker?

If you’re in labor, your contractions will only get stronger as you progress. With Braxton Hicks, however, they will either remain mild all the way through or start strong and then weaken as they end.

Have You Recently Had Sex or an Orgasm?

So, you’ve just gotten done doing the deed and had the best orgasm of your life. A few minutes later, contractions start. While you might assume your bedroom activities have thrown you into labor, this is usually a sign you’ve triggered some Braxton Hicks.

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