Contractions are associated with one of the major signs of entry into the work department, but throughout pregnancy the woman can feel 2 types of contractions, Braxton or Hicks training contractions and birth contractions.
The two are quite different from each other, both in duration and in the area of the body where they occur.
It is very natural to confuse the 2, especially the first-time moms.
How to Identify Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions or training contractions begin around the twentieth week of gestation, but may vary from woman to woman, some feel long before others do not even feel it.
These work as a kind of training of the body for the time of childbirth.
- They are not regular, they happen a few times a day, and not more than twice an hour;
- Relieve when you change position;
- They last less than a minute;
- Do not increase in intensity;
- Normally, they only reach a part of the belly;
They last longer, the belly lasts longer;
They are more regular, they happen with small periods of time between them, the time that separates each one is shortened;
They are more painful, the pain expands by the whole belly and the back;
They do not improve if you change activity or position;
Signs of onset of labor
Signs that indicate that you are in labor may vary from woman to woman, but it is usually assumed that the woman is in labor when she feels contractions rhythmically and regularly, and that there is a shortening of the time between they; intensity of contractions is increasing and when these do not decrease even when changing position.
When to go to the hospital?
Labor is a time-consuming process, it can take hours, the doctor or nurse in the preparation rooms usually advises moms to wait for the contractions to be very rhythmic before they go to the hospital, but there are cases where they should go to the hospital.
If there is loss of blood or fluid during pregnancy
Amniotic pouch rupture, or water pouch.
If you are under 37 weeks and feel more than 3 contractions in an hour.
If the contractions last about 60 seconds each and occur at intervals of five minutes.
To relieve any anxiety always have your doctor’s number on hand and call for any questions.