3 Signs Of False Labor To Be Aware Of During Your First Pregnancy

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Having contractions can be a bit scary if you do not know what to expect. You may feel alarmed if you start to experience them several weeks before your baby is due. In order to understand the difference between true and false labor, here are 3 false labor signs to be aware of.

Lower Abdomen Contractions

First, you will probably have contractions throughout most of your pregnancy whether you notice them or not. Many women do not notice them until their babies are bigger and their uteri have expanded.

When you start to feel contractions, you may not know if they are signs of real labor or false. One way to tell is by where you feel the contractions.

For example, if you feel them in your lower abdomen and they do not go up above your belly button, then this is usually false labor or Braxton-Hicks contractions. Some women feel these contractions after they use the restroom and empty their bladders. Others experience them when they stand a lot or at random times.

Each women is different, so you cannot expect to feel them in the same ways as your pregnant friends.

No Rise and Fall of Contractions

Second, false labor is usually far less intense than true labor. What this means is that you will not feel a rise and fall in the contractions.

A better way of looking at this is to think about a song that starts out slowly and quietly, and then the music builds to a really intense point before ending. True contraction will be mild, then intense as they build, and then they will fall and disappear until the next one.

Frequency of Contractions

Lastly, you should not experience Braxton-Hicks regularly or close together. It is okay if you have a couple of contractions within a few minutes, but you should not experience several more in a short period of time because this could be a sign of preterm labor or a problem.

If you start to have tons of contractions, even if they are just in your lower abdomen, then call your doctor to find out what to do. 

Also, see if you can move into a different position, such as sitting, laying, or standing to see if this makes the contractions stop. Real contractions will continue no matter what position you are in, so this can be a good indicator of what is happening.

By understanding these 3 things, you can know if you are having false labor or if you are truly going into labor. Be sure to keep the number of your doctor of obstetrics on hand in case of any problems.


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