Braxton Hicks contractions


Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic uterine contractions. These contractions are contractions of the muscular layer of the uterine lining. They are named after John Braxton Hicks, a physician who noted that many women felt contractions without being near birth.

  • Typically they start around 6 weeks gestation
  • Not usually felt until the second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy
  • not all women experience these contractions
Braxton Hicks True Labor
Contractions don’t get closer together. Contractions do get closer together.
Contractions don’t get stronger. Contractions do get stronger.
Contractions tend to be felt only in the front. Contractions tend to be felt all over.
Contractions don’t last longer. Contractions do last longer.
Walking has no effect on the contractions. Walking makes the contractions stronger.
Cervix doesn’t change with contractions. Cervix opens and thins with contractions.


Weiss, Robin, Elise. 2009. Braxtion Hicks COntrations. retrieved June 12, 2009 from


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