‘Am I in labor?’ 3 signs to tell if they’re Braxton Hicks contractions


November 9, 2015

False labor can be deceiving. Here’s how to tell if it’s the real deal.

Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks vs. Labor Contractions

False labor can be particularly deceiving to first-time mothers-to-be. “Practice” contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — are common in the last weeks of pregnancy or earlier. Don’t be embarrassed if you head to the hospital, only to be sent home.

If your water has broken or you’re experiencing unusual vaginal discharge, it’s likely labor and not a false alarm. And keep in mind your due date. reports while Braxton Hicks contractions can occur at any time, they’re more common earlier in the last trimester. So if you’re pretty close to your due date, it might be a good idea to head to the hospital.

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At Vanderbilt, we know childbirth is a special experience. We take exceptionally good care of your baby’s health and yours, no matter what kind of birth you experience, so you can focus on the joy of your new arrival. To talk with our labor and delivery experts, call Vanderbilt Women’s Health at 615-343-5700.

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