Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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False Labor Overview

Another name for False Labor is Braxton Hicks Contractions.

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?
A woman with Braxton Hicks contractions has painless, irregular contractions of the uterus that start in the first trimester of pregnancy and become more frequent as the fetus grows.

What are the symptoms of Braxton Hicks contractions?
Common symptoms include painless, irregular contractions in the uterus.

How does the doctor treat Braxton Hicks contractions?
These are normal, no treatment is required.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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