Your Pregnancy, Week 34

You’ve been getting mentally ready for your new baby as your due date nears. Your body is getting ready, too. You may be having uterine contractions. These are called "false labor" or Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Braxton-Hicks contractions normally have no pattern.  They vary in length and strength and do not cause your cervix to open. These contractions often stop if you change position. You can try walking or resting to see if they stop. 

Try not to confuse Braxton-Hicks with true labor contractions. True labor contractions may start out with no regular pattern. But they become regular and stronger over time. Call your healthcare provider if you have 4 or more contractions in 1 hour. This is extra crucial if you’re fewer than 37 weeks’ pregnant.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bowers, Nancy, RN, BSN, MPHFoley, Maryann, RN, BSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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