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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Braxton Hicks Contractions

Whoa! What the heck was that? Wondering if you're having Braxton Hicks contractions, gas or (worse!) preterm labor? Here's how to identify those "practice" contractions and how to deal with them.

What’s the best way to treat Braxton Hicks contractions?

Although Braxton Hicks contractions cause more annoyance than pain, drinking water or taking a walk or a warm bath should relieve any discomfort. Mild Braxton Hicks contractions are very common and nothing to worry about, but call your doctor if you're in the first eight months and feel four or more contractions in an hour -- that might be a sign of preterm labor.

What can I do to prevent Braxton Hicks contractions?

Other than staying well-hydrated and not overdoing it activity-wise, there’s not much. Just be on the lookout for signs of preterm labor and you’ll be totally fine.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have Braxton Hicks contractions?

“I’ve been getting [Braxton Hicks] this pregnancy. It will feel like part of your uterus is hard to the touch, like it’s frozen. They don’t hurt, but are uncomfortable. I try to move around or stretch through it. It also helps to lie on your side and relax, and make sure to stay hydrated to keep them to a minimum.”

“I’ve been getting [Braxton Hicks] a lot. Last night, every time I stood up, I got one. I just drink water and lie on my left side to calm them, and that works well.”

“I had [Braxton Hicks] with DD. I would be sitting and suddenly feel out of breath or unable to breathe. I would have to switch positions, and then I’d feel better. This was because of my uterus hardening and making my lungs work harder.”

Are there any other resources for Braxton Hicks contractions?

American Pregnancy Association

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

watch: more on false labor

Plus, more from The Bump:

Tool: Contraction Counter

Uterine Irritability

Abdominal Pain and Cramps During Pregnancy

-- The Bump Editors

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