Let’s get one thing straight… they both can hurt. The biggest, most significant difference is one leads to having a baby. The tightening pain of false labor contractions, or Braxton Hicks, can often be mistaken for true labor making them difficult for women to differentiate between the two. It is very common to see women in our triage who believe they are in labor, leaving them feeling frustrated when they are sent home. 

The important thing to remember is Braxton Hicks is preparing your uterus for the main event and every pregnancy experiences them to some degree.
Hydration, rest and pain medicine will often stop Braxton Hicks where these same interventions will not stop true labor contractions.

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