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whooocares
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I was wondering if anyone knows what braxton hicks contractions feel like..i know that they are contractions getting your body for the real thing..but can u compare them to cramps or sharp pains or anything to describe how they feel? i don't know what they feel like..for all i know i could be having them right now. Any ways to explain how they feel?

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The main marker of Braxton-Hicks contractions is that they don't get stronger, closer together, and are generally stopped or spaced out by switching positions, going for a walk or light exercise, or having a snack. Their basic function is sort of like a bicep curl for the uterus; just strengthening the muscles in preparation for labor. [Smile]

As for feeling, it's highly individual. But it's generally a crampy feeling, similar to menstrual cramps or indigestion.

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well thank you! i just heard that around 30 weeks even before that..you're supposed to, or might, get braxton hicks contractions but i had noo idea what they were like soo i didn't know if i was experiencing them or not. thanks(=.

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Well, if you're EVER in doubt, it's the job of your practitioner to tell you what's normal or not, at all hours. [Smile]
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