Mothers-to-be should be aware how to differentiate true labor from false labor or Braxton-Hicks contractions
. Here are some of them: shortening of the timed interval between each contraction; increasing intensity of contractions as labor progresses; and, increasing duration of each contraction, about 30-70 seconds.
False labour contractions are called Braxton-Hicks contractions
.They're unpredictable, non-rhythmic, and do not increase in intensity.
Pregnant women usually complain of lower abdominal pain and experience Braxton-Hicks contractions
from 2nd trimester.
It reminded me of those two weeks of Braxton-Hicks contractions
before I finally went into labor.
He told her that "she was probably just having Braxton-Hicks contractions
and her response to them was to tighten her abdominal wall."
Well, December finally arrived and, with it, very strong Braxton-Hicks contractions
. This was very exciting for me as I knew the time was near.
If you ask a patient who just delivered preterm what was going on in the previous 24 hours, she'll frequently tell you she was just sitting at home having Braxton-Hicks contractions
, he said.
This could be the first stirrings of labor, but it could also just be Braxton-Hicks contractions
. That rest is important; if labor was beginning but didn't get active until late, she would need it.