Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions are contractions that don't cause your cervix to change. Real contractions will cause your cervix to thin out (efface), open (dilate) and get ready for your baby to be born.
Braxton Hicks contractions get your uterus ready for labor, they are practice contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions usually only cause pain in your belly, not your back. They usually go away if you lay down, rest and drink plenty of fluids. A warm bath or shower can also cause them to go away. Braxton Hicks contractions will be irregular in consistency, won't get stronger, and won't get closure together.