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How are you feeling? Is it hard to believe that your third trimester of pregnancy is just around the corner? By week 24, you may begin to feel brief contractions in your uterus. You may have heard your healthcare provider mention that you might experience these Braxton Hicks contractions. Usually, these contractions are nothing to worry about. They are commonly felt in the third trimester as they help your uterine muscles prepare for childbirth.
Typical Braxton Hicks Contractions:
- Last between 15-30 seconds
- Should be completely painless, or mildly uncomfortable
- Do not indicate real labor, unless they are accompanied by back, abdominal, or pelvic pain and vaginal discharge