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How are you feeling? Braxton Hicks contractions are common towards the end of a pregnancy. These contractions, often referred to as “false-labor,” usually only last about 30 seconds, occur infrequently, and should be painless. Frequent contractions however, may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your healthcare provider if you have:
- More than four contractions in an hour
- An increase or change in vaginal discharge
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Increase in pressure in the pelvic area
- Low back pain, especially if you haven't experienced it before
These may all be signs of preterm labor and it is important that you contact your doctor if you experience them.