15 August, 2018

Know more about Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions refer to the intermittent uterine contractions that start in early pregnancy but you don’t notice them until after mid-pregnancy.  As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions occur somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they remain infrequent and irregular.

Sometimes Braxton Hicks contractions are hard to distinguish from early signs of preterm labor. If you aren’t around 37 weeks into your pregnancy and having regular contractions, it is better to see your doctor.  Within a couple of weeks of your due date, your cervix gradually softens up in preparation for labor. Contractions during this time may get more intense and frequent, and cause discomfort.

What to Expect with Braxton Hicks Contractions

When you have Braxton Hicks contraction, you are likely to feel your uterus, lower abdominal area, or groin tighten or squeeze, and then relax. They are irregular and usually don’t hurt, though they may be uncomfortable and occasionally are strong and painful.

Difference between Braxton Hicks Contraction and True Labour

In the days or weeks shortly before labor, Braxton Hicks contractions may become rhythmic, relatively close together, and even painful, possibly leading you into thinking you’re in labor. Unlike true labor, contractions in Braxton Hicks don’t grow consistently longer, stronger, and closer together. These contractions can happen at any time, but you’re especially likely to notice them at night, when you’re dehydrated or have a full bladder, and during physical activity or sex.

Painful Braxton-Hicks Contractions

Braxton-Hicks contractions aren’t usually painful, but they can be uncomfortable. If you feel discomfort from these contractions, you could try the following:

  • Change your activity or position. Sometimes, walking provides relief. Other times, resting eases Braxton-Hicks contractions.
  • Drink water as sometimes, these contractions may be caused due to dehydration.
  • Try relaxation exercises or take slow, deep breaths. This won’t stop the Braxton Hicks contraction, but it may help you cope with the discomfort.

If you are less than 37 weeks into your pregnancy, see your doctor immediately if your contractions become more rhythmic, painful, or frequent, or if you have any of these signs of preterm labor:

  • Abdominal pain or menstruation-like cramping
  • Regular contractions of at least six per hour, or every 10 minutes, even if they don’t hurt
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • An increase in vaginal discharge
  • A change in the type of discharge
  • More pressure in the pelvic or lower abdominal area (like your baby is pushing down)
  • Low back pain, especially if you didn’t have it before or if it’s dull or rhythmic

In true labour, your contractions will come at regular intervals and last from 30 to 90 seconds. They get steadily stronger and will happen more frequently, no matter what you do. See the experts at KIMS Cuddles to know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labour, so that you can make your decision about when to head to hospital.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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