Are you feeling contractions and wondering if they’re the real deal?
Sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between real contractions and false ones, even if you’re not a first-time mom. Braxton Hicks contractions send many women running to the hospital thinking they’re in labor, only to find out it’s a false alarm.
Here are some surprising facts about Braxton Hicks contractions:
1. Braxton Hicks contractions can be triggered by having sex. A women’s orgasm and prostaglandin in men’s sperm can cause the uterus to contract, producing the feeling of labor.
2. Having a full bladder can cause Braxton Hicks contractions. A full bladder can irritate the uterus causing it to contract.
3. Dehydration is a common cause of Braxton Hicks contractions. Make sure you drink for two!
4. Braxton Hicks contractions tend to happen toward the end of the day. Tired muscles and dehydration at the end of the day can cause false contractions in some women.
So, how do you know if you’re having Braxton Hicks contractions or the real thing? Check out Understanding and Identifying Braxton Hicks Contractions.