21: Braxton-Hicks vs Real Labor Contractions

Pregnancy Podcast – Episode 21: Braxton-Hicks vs Real Labor Contractions. 

This guide will help you determine the difference between braxton hicks and regular labor contractions and tips for managing them. If you feel tightening in your belly during pregnancy, it might be Braxton Hicks. This is a normal part of pregnancy and does not necessarily mean you are going into labor. It can be hard for moms (especially first-time moms) to tell the difference between true labor contractions and these “practice” contractions.

If you prefer to read instead of listen, check out my blog post on the subject here: https://growingourfamily.com/braxton-hicks-contractions/ 

  • What are Braxton-Hicks contractions?
  • Why do we get them?
  • How to tell the difference?
    • How Often?
    • How Long?
    • How Strong?
    • Where do you feel them?
    • Can you change positions?
  • What can trigger Braxton Hicks?
  • Tips to alleviate them.
    • Warm Bath/shower
    • Change your position
    • Drink Water
  • How to handle true labor contractions
    • Longer, Stronger, Closer together
    • 3-1-1 rule
  • Best contraction app

Product Review: 

Contraction Timer App: 

Download for iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/contraction-timer-time-labor/id933501579 

Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.penguinapps.android.beautifulcontractiontimer.app 

Show Notes:

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) – Braxton Hicks Contractions by Deborah A. Raines and Danielle B. Cooper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ 

Intro Song courtesy of:

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