What are Braxton-Hicks labor contractions?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Braxton-Hicks contractions must be differentiated from true contractions. Typical features of Braxton-Hicks contractions are as follows:

  • Usually occur no more often than once or twice per hour, and often just a few times per day

  • Irregular and do not increase in frequency with increasing intensity

  • Resolve with ambulation or a change in activity


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