Contraction

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CONTRACTION. An abbreviation; a mode of writing or printing by which some of the letters of a word are omitted. See Abbreviations.

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Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, usually painless uterine contractions that tend to occur from around the middle of your pregnancy and increase in frequency as your due date nears.
Apparently I have in the future to look forward to constant back ache, possible high blood pressure, something called Braxton Hicks contractions, insomnia, leg cramps, heartburn, shortness of breath and the little blighter keeping me awake by kicking me in the bladder/intestines/stomach etc.
"Too many times patients will come into labor and delivery saying 'I was having Braxton Hicks contractions so I just stayed home,'" Dr.