Labor Contractions During Pregnancy

Do you know when contractions occur? This happens normally to any pregnant mother when she is about to give birth to her baby. These labor pains are inevitable and are part of this stage, but as most mothers attest, they’d instantly forget all such pain as soon as the baby comes out and cries for the first time.

Early Contractions During Pregnancy

Women have the privilege of giving birth.  But with this privilege comes some uncomfortable physical pain.  If you experience them don’t worry this is a natural part of pregnancy.  Some women often think about them as part of the later part of pregnancy.  However, early contractions are likewise normal.  It is when understanding the natural process of growing a baby in your womb that will put your mind at ease.

Labor Contractions: Pre-term & Post-term

‘Normal’ as what health care professionals often tell a pregnant mother, it is never easy to deal with contractions during pregnancy. Normally, these contractions usually happen between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy where labor and childbearing is to be expected. If labor pains occur beyond the 42nd week, then it is called Post-term labor. On the other hand, if it is before the 37th week, then it is Pre-term labor.

However, they begin to occur at the end of the second trimester and throughout the rest of the third trimester. These may be mistaken as true labor pains that would lead to the idea of a delivery, but in fact, they are not. These false labor pains are caused by the movement of the fetus or maybe due to other pre-existing conditions such as rigorous physical exertion or exercise, dehydration, sexual intercourse and other forms of vigorous activity.

True Labor Contractions & False Labor Contractions

These false contractions are actually called Braxton Hicks Contractions. They happen during the pre-labor period, in which the cervix gradually begins to stretch and soften to prepare for delivery. Usually, the pain felt by Braxton Hicks is located at the lower abdomen. The pain normally goes away when the pregnant mother changes her position or does any relaxing activity to calm down. False contractions happen irregularly and infrequently, so this does not clearly indicate that it’s time for delivery.

On the other hand, the true labor pains or real contractions are characterized by regular intervals that are usually 10 minutes apart at the beginning. The pain felt during this time may be subtler and not sever, but after some time, the intensity of pain gradually increases and the interval also gradually becomes closer. If there are more than 4 contractions recorded within an hour, it is time to take the pregnant woman to the hospital in preparation for delivery. The pain during this phase is now felt at the lower back.

The real contractions are described as painful and accompanied by a bloody show or also known as mucous plug. They become stronger and stronger regardless of the position the patient assumes. At this time, the patient’s water may break and should be attended to closely for any signs of fetal distress or other signs of abnormalities. And when the cervix is now fully dilated, it is now time to deliver the baby. For every contraction, it is simultaneously paired with the patient’s effort to bear down and push. And when the baby comes out, not even words could explain how a mother easily forgets the pain of birth when she sees her baby.