Not a few pregnant women, especially the first time, do not really understand what it feels like a fake contraction. Because sometimes false contractions do feel almost similar to contractions before labor, Mother.
Though contractions can occur even though the estimated day of birth (HPL) is still long. Not infrequently, some contractions also occur during the last weeks of pregnancy and this is not a sign of labor or false contractions.
Typically, false contractions are characterized by contractions that come and go without a pattern or consistency in the last two to four weeks prior to their due date.
Fake contractions and how to tell them apart
From the experience of pregnant women, false contractions usually occur at the beginning of the second trimester but most often occur during the third trimester. And these are not involuntary contractions, but the body’s way of preparing for delivery by softening and thinning the cervix.
In general, false contractions tend to last an average of 30 to 60 seconds, but can sometimes last for two minutes or more. These signs are usually different from actual labor pains because they are irregular in frequency and intensity.
False contractions tend to be more uncomfortable than painful (although some women do experience pain) and feel more like mild menstrual cramps than actual contractions.
“Then false contractions can also vary in intensity, feeling intense one moment and lessening the next. They also don’t appear in the usual pattern and may soften or stop suddenly if you walk or change positions,” says Robin Elise. Weiss, PhD, MPH quoted from page Very Well Family.
To distinguish what false contractions look like, it’s like pregnancy itself that everyone experiences labor in their own way. Some have pain and other complications while others do not.
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