Irritable Uterus vs. Braxton Hicks
During their first pregnancy, many women discover that there are so many things that their mothers, and sisters never warned them about. We experience so many changes in our bodies that it’s difficult to keep track of them, let alone remember to warn others of their existence.
Painful contractions can be attributed to low fluid levels, either through simple dehydration or lowered levels of amniotic fluid.
Those who have never heard the term Braxton Hicks contractions will likely learn very early on in their second or third trimester what it means.
Often deemed “practice contractions,” Braxton Hicks usually consist of the uterus hardening, or balling up, simulating a mild labor contraction.
Many women may not realize they are experiencing them and may even mistake them for fetal movement. For the most part, Braxton Hicks contractions are rarely painful and will remain quite irregular. During periods of heavy activity, however, you may find the contractions become uncomfortable. If so, resting with your feet up will usually lessen your discomfort.
For many women, having Braxton Hicks contractions would be a blessing. For those who have been told they have an “irritable uterus”, the onset of mildly uncomfortable contractions during the last weeks and months of the pregnancy would be ideal.