Uterine contractions, weak
and irregular, occur throughout pregnancy. Some pointers
worth a read:
• Out of nowhere belly-tightening and cramp-like
sensation start to bother you.
• As quickly, there is a gradual release.
• If you place your hand on your abdomen you
may feel a hardening and tightening of your uterus.
• In one line it can be described as contractions
with the cervix remaining tightly closed.
• It can start as early as week 20 but gets
more obvious around week 30 for many women. It may
continue right up until the real act of labor begins.
• Many women start seeing Braxton Hicks as a
form of practice to the real thing.
• Usually mild, in some cases it can get extreme
causing pain and going on for hours at end.
Other factors at play here:
• Dehydration is a common culprit; drink more
• Stress; try and relax and free your mind.
Sometimes it can be due to no reason at all
• Check with your doctor if you have regular
runs of contractions as they may be actually signs
of premature labor.
The rule of the thumb to remember is that
• these contractions come and go
• they may last for long in extreme cases
but disappear for a few hours or days.
sure signs that you are not experiencing actual
Ways to deal with it:
• your contractions are irregular
• your contractions are long and sporadic,
as long as 10-20 minutes with no steady pattern
• contractions usually weaken or stop when
you change positions
• contractions do not grow progressively stronger;
they may weaken and disappear altogether
• Drink more water to prevent dehydration
• Rest when they start; lie down on your side
for few minutes
• Get up and move around if they come when you
are lying down
• Have a warm shower
• Take life easy; too much of activity or fatigue
may trigger contractions
For some, these weak, sporadic contractions gain in
strength and frequency as real labor approaches. This
is your body's way of preparing the cervix to dilate
and increase the blood circulation to the placenta.