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Braxton Hicks Contractions or True Labor Pains?

How do you get to labor and delivery? Practice, practice, practice. You might not be ready for the baby just yet (still haven’t picked out that nursery color?), but your body is certainly gearing up for the big day — and you’re reminded of this each time you feel your uterus tightening up.

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are a bit like a dress rehearsal: Your uterine muscles are flexing in preparation for the big job they’ll have to do in the near future. Keep in mind that while they can be hard to distinguish from the real thing, they’re not efficient enough to push your baby out the way actual labor contractions are.

What causes Braxton Hicks contractions?

Your pregnancy hormones are hard at work, sending messages to your body to (very slowly) start the process of childbirth.

When do Braxton Hicks contractions start?

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