Dr. Schallock introduces herself and describes Braxton Hicks contractions and explains how they differ from labor contractions.
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What Braxton Hicks Contractions Are Hi, my name is Carrie L. Schallock, M.D. I am a general obstetrician/gynecologist at Banner Desert Medical Center. I have been here since 1986. At Banner we serve the general Phoenix area, including the Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler area. Braxton Hicks contractions are false labor. That’s what it is generally classified as. They are generally irregular, quick but sometimes can be a little uncomfortable contractions that women can feel primarily in their lower abdomen. Well, real contractions generally start getting, lasting longer, getting more uncomfortable, and they are usually at regular time interval, versus Braxton Hicks are irregular and they are not always as uncomfortable. Well, you know you are in labor, again when they start getting more regular and you can time them. And usually we say to come to the hospital; if you are having them every five minutes for over an hour; if decreased fetal movements, such as you feel the baby moving less than four times in an hour; if you break your bag of water; and also if you have any bleeding more than spotting, we recommend to come on in and be checked out for labor.

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