"The man in overall charge of Swindon SpecOps is Commander Braxton Hicks"

Dr John Braxton Hicks, 1874
Public DomainDr John Braxton Hicks, 1874 - Credit: Barraud & Jerrard, Photographers
Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as false labour or practice contractions, are sporadic uterine contractions. They may start as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy, but usually occur from the second or third trimester.  They are usually painless, but can cause some confusion as they mimic the onset of labour.  They are named after the English doctor, John Braxton Hicks, who first described them, in 1872.