Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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False Labor Anatomy

To better understand Braxton Hicks contractions, it helps to understand the anatomy of the uterus and female reproductive system.

Anatomy of the female reproductive tract includes:

  • The uterus, cervix, and vaginal canal
  • The fallopian tubes: these paired structures connect each ovary to the uterus.
  • The ovaries: one on each side of the uterus. The normal ovary is approximately the size of an unshelled almond.

The fetus grows within the amniotic save within the uterus:
  • The fetus within the amniotic sac
  • The near term fetus within the uterus

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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