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Uterine contraction (Braxton-Hicks)

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  • these are non-painful uterine contractions that may occur from about 30 weeks gestation (although sometimes they may occur earlier than this)
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions result in up to 15 mmHg pressure - this compares with contractions during labour where the pressure is about 60 mmHg
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions are most common after 36 weeks gestation

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