Braxton Hicks contractions refers to the tightening of the uterine muscles for anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds.  These contractions are typically painless, they are random, and many doctors believe that they may help the process of effacement and dilation in preparation for labor.  These contractions typically will begin around the middle of your pregnancy. 

Braxton Hicks contractions are typically more uncomfortable than they are painful.  However, some women do experience pain during these contractions.  These contractions tend to have a strange or foreign feeling.  During a Braxton Hicks contraction, the entire uterus may feel hard.  The intensity of Braxton Hicks contraction can vary greatly from one to the next.  However, they do not increase in intensity or frequency, rather they taper off and then disappear altogether.

You may be able to alleviate Braxton Hicks contractions by changing positions, drinking a couple of glasses of water or by drinking a warm cup of herbal tea or milk.

What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?