Contractions During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman experiences a lot of physical and hormonal changes. During the initial stages of pregnancy, a woman is very excited about carrying a baby. She is also concerned, thinking about contractions among other things. The process of childbirth is painful. However, experiencing labor pain is an inevitable and necessary part of motherhood.

This article focuses on the contractions faced by a woman during pregnancy.

Contractions During Pregnancy

  • The period between thirty-two to forty-two weeks is known as the gestation period.
  • At thirty-seven weeks if a pregnant woman starts experiencing contractions, it is known as pre-term labor.
  • The experience of labor pain or contractions is something each and every pregnant woman goes through and not all experiences are similar.
  • Sometimes what a pregnant woman experienced during her first delivery may not be the same as her experiences during a second delivery.

Contractions During Pregnancy- False Contractions

  • It is very important to understand false contractions.
  • False contractions are known as Braxton Hicks contractions.  These contractions start during the second trimester and can last until the third trimester.
  • These contractions are called practice contractions and are not related to labor pain.
  • The feeling of experiencing false contractions can be explained as a tightening of the abdominal muscles.
  • Dehydration, movement of the fetus, sexual intercourse and vigorous physical exercise are some of the causes of false contractions during pregnancy.
  • When a pregnant woman changes her position or does a relaxing activity, the contractions may go away.

Contractions During Pregnancy- Real Contractions

  • One of the several signs which indicate the beginning of labor is a real contraction.
  • Many pregnant women think they will not be able to differentiate between false and real contractions. However, one can easily distinguish between the two contractions.
  • While false contractions are irregular, real contractions come at regular intervals.
  • If you want to know whether you are having real or false contractions, time your contractions.
  • Do not think real contractions will pass if you do some activity or change your position.
  • According to many pregnant women, pain experienced during real contractions is similar to the pain of menstrual cramps.
  • Contraction pain starts from the back and slowly moves down to the lower abdomen.
  • Some pregnant women may feel pain in their thighs and pelvis.
  • Real contractions last for 10 minutes and they are not very severe in the beginning.
  • The pain gradually increases with passing time and contractions become closer.
  • If you experience more than four contractions during an hour, go immediately to the hospital.

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