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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.
Too many times patients will come into labor and delivery saying 'I was having Braxton Hicks contractions so I just stayed home,'" Dr.