Late pregnancy symptom #3: Braxton Hicks contractions
Common among many moms-to-be, Braxton Hicks contractions create a sporadic tightening feeling in your uterus. (Regular contractions tend to be more rhythmic, more intense, and last longer.) Thought to help your body prepare for labor, they’re sometimes triggered by a full bladder, strenuous activity, sex, dehydration, or if someone touches your belly. The best way to minimize the discomfort is to walk around and take deep breaths, or if you’ve already taken a birthing class, try practicing the breathing techniques you’ve learned.