Braxton Hicks Contractions

(False Labour Contractions)

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Definition

-  Sporadic, infrequent, mild uterine tightenings during pregnancy

 

Features

-  Typically felt in 2nd & 3rd trimesters of pregnancy

-  May commence around 6 weeks gestation

-  Usually <1 min duration

-  Unpredictable

-  Do not increase in intensity

-  Thought to prepare uterus for birth

-  Not experienced in all pregnancies

-  May be triggered by

-  Activity

-  Touching uterus

-  Full bladder

-  Post coital

-  Dehydration

 

DDx

-  Labour contractions

-  Longer, more regular & more frequent

-  More painful

-  Increase in frequency, duration & intensity

-  False labour = Braxton Hicks of regular rhymthmical nature

-  VE: nil cervical changes

 

Mx

-  Adequate hydration

-  Change of position

-  Emtyping bladder

 

 

 

References

 

www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/braxtonhicks.html