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Practice Contractions

By February 15, 2013

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Pregnant Woman Stretching

Anyone who is pregnant, particularly towards the end of pregnancy, can tell you that practice contractions, also know as Braxton Hicks contractions, can be really annoying. The good news is that these contractions, normally describe as painless, do have a point, and no, it's not to annoy you.

I first notice them as I was explaining to someone I didn't experience them. I reached down to prove a point and noticed that my belly was hard to the touch. I hadn't really be feeling them until that point. I certainly noticed them more in subsequent pregnancies. Many moms say they felt the same thing with regards to second pregnancies.

I like to think of it as exercise for my uterus. It is a muscle. Even if it doesn't open my cervix and end with the birth of my baby, it does help me prepare for labor. (Just to be specific, I'm not talking preterm labor contractions or warning signs.)

So what do you think about Braxton Hicks contractions?

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