What is False Labor Pain and Braxton-Hicks contractions?
In a way, false labor pain and Braxton Hicks contractions are a warm-up before actual labor pain starts. It is nature’s way of telling you that the baby is gearing up to come out now. They are not accidental pains that don’t mean anything. The contractions start thinning the cervix as well, making way for the baby.
Also known as false labor pains, Braxton-Hicks contractions last for 30 seconds to sometimes even two minutes.
Though, false labor pain and Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular and can occur at random times. Most women do not feel pain when this happens, but a slight pain due to contractions can be felt in the lower abdominal area. This also means that pain intensity and frequency is much less during false labor pain as compared to true labor pain.
False labor pain and Braxton Hicks contractions will not end with a baby in your hand. There is no real pattern to these false labor pains. They may occur after a super active day at the office or home or even if you’re relaxing in the afternoon. You will feel your abdominal region tighten when these false labor pains begin. Though, these are not always painful.
False alarms like this won’t be close together like in actual labor pain. That means false labor pain and Braxton Hicks contractions happen at their own convenience and with no actual notice. For example, if you experience these contractions at 6 PM, chances are you won’t feel them at 6.05 PM or 6.10 PM.