Labour is an event that gives rise to both joyful anticipations as well as a fear of labour pains. The last trimester is the time when women and their families frequently jump the gun and rush to the hospital when the moms-to-be experience labour pains. While most of them are actual labour pains, at times, it is just a series of contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions.
If you are in the third trimester, panicking and rushing about can be unnecessarily stressful to you and your family. Educating yourself on false and real labour can prove to be useful to save a lot of energy, which you will need during childbirth. In this article, we shall focus upon what each of these contractions is and how you can identify them. Read on to know more.
Many women rush to the hospital in their last trimester when they feel tightening and hardening of the uterus assuming labour pains have started, only to return home after being informed condescendingly by smug medics that this was just false labour. So, what do false labour pains feel like?
Real labour is preceded by pre-labour, a series of physical changes – the beginning of cervical dilation and effacement, the descending of the foetus into the pelvis, sensation of much more pressure on the pelvis and rectum, increase in the number of Braxton Hicks contractions, etc. All these symptoms are integral in preparing the body for labour. Also, real labour contractions are much stronger, more painful and more frequent.
Here are some more signs that will help you know if your labour pain is real.
Now that you know what real and false labour pains feel like, you have probably figured out some difference between the two. But, you must be aware of the main differences to be sure about the kind of contractions you’ll experience when you’re inching closer to the due date. In the next section, we talk a little about the core differences between real and false labour.
Real labour pain and false labour pain are frequently confused and have many women rushing for the hospital doors unnecessarily.
So, what is the difference between the two?
False labour is your body’s way of rehearsing for the main event to come. It can happen at intervals from the 20th week. That’s when your uterus flexes its muscles and gears up for delivery. The contractions can be as short as 30 seconds and last as long as 2 minutes.
Real labour precedes delivery, progresses from mild contractions to full-blown labour pains, and culminate in the birth of the baby.
In spite of knowing the difference, it might still be difficult for you to figure out whether it is a false labour pain you are experiencing or a real one. So, how can you tell that? Let’s find out!
It can be tough to tell apart true labour vs false labour, but there are a few differentiators that can help you distinguish between the two.
Since all pregnancies are different, you may still find it difficult to identify if you are having real or false labour pains. There are certain things you can do to confirm if the labour is real or false.
To minimise the chances of undue stress with repeated hospital visits for what turns out to be false labour, let us tell you what to do if you have contractions:
We hope this information helps you when you feel contractions, either real or false. Having said that, never feel shy about running to the hospital or calling them in advance to ask for answers to any of your doubts regarding labour. In the long run, your embarrassment because of panic is transient; you will laugh over it when you hold your healthy baby in your arms.
This post was last modified on May 5, 2020 1:17 pm
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