Braxton-Hicks Contractions


Dr. O’Connor

As early as six weeks into your pregnancy, you may begin to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are usually painless, irregular uterine contractions or tightening of the uterus. Most women, especially in their first pregnancy, won’t feel Braxton-Hicks contractions until after about 20 weeks.

Braxton-Hicks contractions are normal, and are part of how your uterus gets ready for labor. If they are uncomfortable it may help to:

  • Empty your bladder and drink two to three glasses of water
  • Lie down on your side with your hands on your belly so you can feel the contractions, and
  • Keep track of how often the contractions occur

You should contact your healthcare team immediately if

  • The contractions are regular and don’t go away
  • The contractions are painful
  • The symptoms don’t improve, or
  • You have a history of preterm labor