What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Termed by English doctor John Braxton Hicks in the late 1800s, Braxton Hicks contractions are what many expecting women feel before they really go into labor. Braxton Hicks contractions can be experienced as early as the second trimester, but are most common during the third trimester. The feeling of a Braxton Hicks contraction is caused… Read More

What are the signs of preterm labor?

Preterm labor is when a pregnant woman begins experiencing regular contractions of the uterus which cause the cervix to begin to open anytime before her 37th week of pregnancy. If the baby is delivered prior to the 37th week, it is considered a premature birth. Not all expecting mothers who go into preterm labor deliver… Read More

When and how often should I feel my baby move during the 3rd trimester?

Feeling your baby kick and move inside you is one of the most exciting elements of pregnancy. For first-time moms, movement usually begins to be detected between the 16th and 25th week of pregnancy. Pregnant moms have described their baby’s movements as “butterflies” or “nervous twitches.” As your baby develops into the second and third… Read More

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