False alarm or real work? Contraction: What is it like really?

One of the questions asked most often by pregnant women for the first time and as the supposed date of birth approaches, is to know how to recognize a contraction. Expectant mothers want to know what to expect during contraction in order to be prepared. Gradually, as the birth approaches, many changes occur and new feelings are developing almost daily. One of these changes is the appearance of contractions, “false labor” also known as Braxton-Hicks. Surprisingly, some women feel throughout her pregnancy.

The uterus

From the first weeks, some women experience what looks like premenstrual pain, tightness or a tightening in the stomach. These pains are often small, irregular and disappear as they came. If in doubt, it is best to consult your doctor or midwife’s. The uterus is simply a muscle that contracts when changing volume is reduced, hardens and relaxes. In late pregnancy, the uterus “heats up” and began practicing for the big day We consider the contractions of Braxton-Hicks contractions as false because although the uterus hardens for 20 to 30 seconds, contractions have no effect on dilation of the cervix.



How to recognize the true from false contractions? A woman receives contractions in several parts of his abdomen. The Braxton Hicks are usually felt on top of the stomach as labor contractions are more intense towards the lower abdomen, upper thighs, buttocks and hips. Sometimes resemble the real contractions to menstrual cramps. Some women may also experience lower back pain and in the kidney area. This is called “to give birth by the kidneys.” If a posterior presentation, the baby’s head presses on the sacral base, a region where there are many nerve endings. The real work (lag phase) is accompanied by regular contractions and physically intense. The pains of childbirth are the only, physiologically, to have a “sense”: they prevent the woman from the impending birth of the child.

Contractions effective approach increasingly, more and last longer and become more intense for at least an hour. They are rhythmic and structured. We tend to compare them to the waves. Generally Braxton Hicks contractions do not follow this description. When the contractions are closer together while women are in active labor. If the first contractions are spaced every 30 to 15 minutes towards the end of their birth intervals is only 2 to 3 minutes. Contractions last longer when the work moves. At first they are 30 seconds and gradually they are 90 seconds.

If contractions are fading, slow down or disappear completely under the calming effect of water (bath), it is probably false labor. It is important to remember that labor and contractions occur differently in every expectant mother and the same woman may have different perceptions and childbirth. If pregnancy is not term it is good to contact their doctor if contractions. Increased stress at the time of delivery interferes with the production of endorphins and oxytocin. Fight against stress and the adrenaline rush, to promote healthy growth and contractions of labor is therefore a priority!