How to relieve Braxton-Hicks contractions

Feeling uncomfortable? Read on for helpful tips on easing Braxton-Hicks contractions.


relieve Braxton-Hicks contractions

According to Deanna Stirling, a public health nurse with the Middlesex-London Health Unit in London, Ont., “practice” contractions (which, in contrast to the real deal, don’t dilate your cervix) may be eased by these measures:

Apply warmth
Often, pre-labour contractions will disappear if you take a warm bath or cuddle up with a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel.

Read more: Am I in labour?>

Take a break
Braxton-Hicks can signal you’re doing too much; rest may offer relief.

Drink some water
Mild dehydration can trigger cramping, so drink up. (But don’t forget to pee. A full bladder can irritate the uterus, thereby increasing the intensity of Braxton-Hicks.)

Practise deep breathing
Braxton-Hicks provide a perfect opportunity to practise your strategies for coping with labour.

And how do you know if those cramps are Braxton-Hicks or bona fide labour? “With true labour, things like a warm bath or rest won’t change the contractions—they’ll just get stronger,” Stirling says. If you’re still uncertain, check with your caregiver.

Originally published in April 2011. 

One comment on “How to relieve Braxton-Hicks contractions

  1. i am 27 weeks and ive been getting the worst of the worst BH ive taken medicine to sort out the pain but no justice was done .. and a warm bath helps but everyone is different..


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