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Another joyful side effect of pregnancy is experiencing ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions. These are sometimes called ‘practice contractions’ – they enable you to practise not swearing at your other half or begging for a gun when you are doubled over in pain.
No one really knows the significance of Braxton Hicks. Some women notice them more than others, and some don’t notice them at all. They may occur several times a week or even several times a day, and they are usually painless.
While Braxton Hicks are generally described as a ‘tightening’ sensation, you may sometimes feel your ligaments stretching, which can hurt. This can be a stitch-like pain or sharp pains, often in your lower abdomen.
Rest assured: you are growing to quite impressive proportions, and a little bit of loosening and stretching is necessary to accommodate your lovely bundle of joy (and all those cakes you are scoffing). But, as always, if you are worried, give your midwife a ring.
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