You may also notice that the uterus itself, which is essentially a muscle is starting to tighten up or contract a little bit. And some of those contractions can be called Braxton Hicks contractions, or really benign contractions that are just happening in response to baby moving or after you've had physical activity, or just because the uterine muscle itself is getting stretched. Now, Braxton Hicks contractions are totally harmless. However, if they start to become regular or strong, really painful, then you definitely need to be talking to your doctor because you could be going into early labor or having an abnormal contraction pattern in your uterus.
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