The periodic tightening and relaxing of your uterine muscles are known as labor constructions during pregnancy. Keeping track of the same is a contraction counter. In some cases, it triggers the pituitary gland which releases the hormone named oxytocin which simulates the uterine muscle tightening. This is the time when the doctors can tell about the moment of true labor.
Labor contractions come in periods and this is the largest muscle in a woman’s body. These are often described as cramps, which come and go away in a wave-like manner. At the time of contraction, the abdomen becomes hard to even touch because the upper part of the uterus tightens and thickens. This thing helps the baby to pass from inside and get inside the birth canal at the time of delivery. So if you are not unaware of this thing then we have covered the same for your help.
The way contractions are timed
There is an online contraction timer, and with its help, you can track the same. Also, you can do it manually, which is if you write down the moment you feel the contraction. Writing down this will help you describe it to your doctor.
At the beginning of the contraction, you will know when it’s the exact time, and you will understand by,
- You will get it in regular periods
- The contraction will get stronger
- It stays for a long time
- You will get it frequently
- The contraction will be there, even if you change your side or walk and lie down.
The frequency of contraction
- It will come four minutes apart
- The contraction will last for one minute
- The patterns will stay for at least two hours long.
In here if you feel the regular contractions that change in the 37 weeks of your pregnancy. There will be changes in the cervix and it will be in the dilation as well. This situation is preterm labor.
The way contraction feels
The contractions feel like period cramps or a feeling like gas pains. So you might get confused with intestinal disorders. The contraction goes away in a wave-like a manner and towards the delivery, it becomes shorter. Women feel the longevity of contractions from 5 to 7 minutes apart and with the timer your physician will understand the same.
The moment of birth
The moment when the baby goes closer to the pelvis and enters the birth canal, the cervix opens. For a first time mother, it takes from eight to fourteen hours, and for the second one, it becomes shorter for many women. There are so many mothers-to-be relaxes in a rocking chair, which brings them comfort to their body. If you get contractions from 3 to 4 minutes apart but you will not get relief if you lie down, or walk. So, it’s time to go to the hospital as soon as possible. During the contractions, the cramps get longer and it will bring pressure on your abdomen, and you will understand that your baby is near. So you must get an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider who will take care of you at the time of delivery