How can I tell if I am having Braxton Hicks contractions?
Braxton Hicks contractions feel like muscles tightening across your belly, and if you put your hands on your belly when the contractions happen, you can probably feel your uterus becoming hard. They occur from early in your pregnancy but you may not feel them until the second trimester.
What week do Braxton Hicks start?
Detectable Braxton Hicks contractions can begin as early as the second trimester, around 20 weeks, but they are most commonly experienced in the third trimester. But during pregnancy number two (or three, or four), they may kick in earlier and be more intense.
How do contractions feel when they first start?
Labor contractions are the real deal. Some say labor contractions feel a bit like menstrual cramps at first, but then they intensify. Then, contractions feel like a dull ache paired with pelvic pressure. The discomfort moves from the top of the belly to the bottom—think of it as pushing your baby down and out.