Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Braxtion-Hicks Contractions

The uterus is a hollow reproductive organ that houses the baby during pregnancy. Dr. Bradley referred to this muscular organ as the baby box. The muscle fibers of the uterus run both vertically and horizontally.

During the early months of pregnancy the uterus begins to practice or exercise its ability to contract. These small warm-up contractions are most commonly known as Braxtion-Hicks.

Most of the time pregnant women can't feel the tiny contractions. However, as pregnancy advances the contractions become increasingly regular and increasingly strong. By the 39 weeks gestation most women recognize some cramping or tightening sensation in the lower abdomen.

Because the uterus is fastened to the spine. The contractions often begin in the back and wrap around the front of the belly in a forward motion. Occasionally, Braxton-Hick's contractions begin at the top and work their way down the uterus.

Typically, Braxton-Hicks contractions are painless or mildly uncomfortable during a first time pregnancy as the uterus is already tone and doesn't require hard contracting to prepare the body for labor. As the uterus stretches it never returns to it's pre-pregnancy size and condition. In subsequent pregnancies, it inevitably experiences a loss of tone.

Braxton Hick's contractions are notably more powerful and sometimes painful in subsequent pregnancies. There isn't anything you can do to eliminate pre-labor tightening. They are absolutely essential to restoring tone and strength to the uterus. But you can supplement your diet with Red Raspberry Leaf Capsules from your local heath foods store.

Red Raspberry Leaf is a completely safe uterine super food. Just as cranberries are good for your kidneys and fish is good for your brain, red raspberry leaf nourishes the the uterus.

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