Braxton Hicks contractions or false labour is an irregular uterine contractions that can occur as early as in your four months of pregnancy. It is entirely reasonable, and it’s your body’s way of getting ready for the real labour, and it is going to happen more frequently as the time of delivery approaches. So what are the signs?
Signs of False Labour
- Unpredictable contraction
- Contractions slow down or stop when there is a change in activity or body position
- The pain from the contractions is more likely to be centred in your lower abdomen
- Can occur a few times in a day, and can happen every 10 to 20 minutes
Not every woman will go through false labour contractions, but you are more likely to experience them.
Causes of False Labour
False labour can be triggered by:
- Waking up with a full bladder
- Your baby’s movements in the uterus.
- Physical activities.
How can I ease false labour?
You can ease your false labour contractions by:
- Changing sleeping positions
- Drink lots of water
How can I differentiate between real and false labour?
Real labour contractions will ache and give discomfort to your back and pain located in the lower abdomen. You may also experience pressure in the pelvic area, or some also feel pain in their thighs. Unlike false labour, the contractions come at regular intervals and get stronger over time. Each contraction can last for 30-70 seconds.
What should I do if I get false labour contractions?
False labour contractions can be very annoying because it’s uncomfortable. It disrupts your sleep, making you tired, thus making you cranky.
If you notice the contractions before 37 weeks, you must contact your doctor right away to rule out the possibility of preterm labour. Alternatively, if you’re concerned, don’t think twice about calling your doctor, you can book a doctor’s appointment online at Okadoc to make the booking so much easier.
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