What the heck are Braxton Hicks Contractions?

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Today I had my monthly appointment with my midwife (who I adore). While she was measuring my belly and feeling how the baby was laying, she asked me if I have been feeling contractions.

I didn’t have to think about it. No.

Well, apparently I was having a Braxton Hicks contractions that very moment.

What?

So of course I have heard of Braxton Hicks contractions, but I assumed I just never had them because I never felt them. Looks like I was wrong.

What the heck are Braxton Hicks Contractions?

What is a Braxton Hicks contraction?

According to Baby Center, they are sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy. Named from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872.

So another words, your body playing mind tricks on you!

After she mentioned it, I told my husband. “Well, I guess I do get them. Sometimes I feel like my belly is tighter then normal. I just thought I eat too much!”

And when women say, how do you tell the difference between Braxton Hicks and real contractions…If you have to ask, they are not real!

Have you ever had Braxton Hicks Contractions?

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