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Braxton-Hicks Contractions

These ‘practice’ contractions are often experienced in the final days of pregnancy - and can cause fruitless trips to the maternity hospital! The difference between Braxton -Hicks contractions and true contractions include: true contractions get stronger and more painful over time; true contractions are not stopped by a change in activity; with true contractions you may also have a 'show' - blood stained mucus from the cervix.

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