Symptoms of false labor in women
The nature of training battles
Scientists and researchers have not found out the reason why future pregnant women have Braxton Hicks contractions. Only theories are advanced according to which such a state is the preparation of a woman’s body for the generic process. The increased excitability of the uterus, which in recent times is actively preparing for childbirth, most likely leads to these unpleasant sensations. It is believed that such a state helps to soften the cervix, shortens it for subsequent delivery.
At the same time, they are weak and irregular. It should also be noted that such a state is not accompanied by pain, but can only cause some discomfort.
The duration of contractions will not increase, and the intervals between muscle contractions will not decrease.This state will not last long and will easily pass after a change in body position or the start of walking. The process of muscle contraction occurs under the influence of the hormone oxytocin, which is produced in sufficient quantities during pregnancy. This "training" is found in many future moms. And if you are already on the last few terms, and you still haven’t had symptoms of false contractions, you shouldn’t get upset. There is nothing wrong.
How to distinguish false contractions from the real?
Most of the difficulties of many future women in labor raises the question: how to determine that the fight is real? Especially when you consider that each woman has a description of prenatal muscle contractions. Many will agree on the fact that before the onset of labor, contractions will cause pain in the back and abdomen. Sometimes this condition is accompanied by a feeling of pressure in the pelvic region. At the same time, there is pain in the side or thighs.
How not to confuse them with false fights?
The ability to listen to your feelings, to yourself will help you in this. Remember that the main symptoms that have Braxton Hicks contractions are their painlessness and irregularity. They differ from prenatal contractions of the abdominal muscles in that they do not occur at clearly defined intervals. Therefore, before you start to panic, calm down and calculate how much time will be reduced. If these are not the same intervals, then most likely you have false contractions.
What exactly will you feel during training cuts? The tension of the abdominal muscles. This is when during a contraction you put your hands on your stomach and feel elastic, like a drum, stretched skin. Tension in the lower abdomen quickly pass, especially if you change the position of the body.
Another sign that helps identify false contractions is the absence of an increase in the frequency of contractions. They will occur intermittently and then simply disappear.
Thus, the main symptoms that Braxton Hicks contractions are as follows:
- no pain;
- irregularity of contractions;
- not increasing frequency of contractions;
- termination of discomfort when changing position;
- abdominal pain only;
- contractions are weak or strong first and then weak.
If you are not exactly sure that your feelings correspond to the signs described above or suspect the onset of labor, then it is better to call your doctor right away. Just a few questions - and he will be able to assess your condition. If in doubt, he will most likely schedule an appointment for you and an inspection. If, when you feel discomfort, your cervix begins to open, then it’s time to prepare for the birth of a baby.
Recommendations to alleviate the condition
As already mentioned, often the discomfort during false contractions disappears after a change in body position. It is enough to sit comfortably, and muscle contractions will stop. Walking will also help ease Braxton Hicks contractions. Even better if you go for a walk in the fresh air. So get rid of the unpleasant sensations, and enrich your body with an additional dose of oxygen, which will not hurt your baby. It is proved that the lack of this element can lead to abnormalities in the development of the baby.A prolonged sitting (lying) will reduce the metabolic rate of the mother, which will also affect the development of the fetus. Therefore, walk and breathe fresh air as often as possible.
Bladder overcrowding may also cause false contractions. It is necessary to drink the liquid of the future mother in large quantities (6-8 glasses per day). And remove the accumulated toxins and processed products as the body should more often. But as a result of the increase in the size of the uterus, there is little space for the bladder. So try not to "tolerate." And in the event of muscle contractions, it is worth simply leaving the toilet for the unpleasant sensations to pass.
To false fights can cause sex and orgasm. Indeed, in this case the contraction of the uterus muscles also occurs. If every time after intercourse you experience discomfort, it may be worth giving up sex before giving birth. This is better to consult with your doctor, because such frequent reductions can harm an unborn baby. If, after examination and diagnosis, the specialist determines that there are problems, he will recommend that you refrain from sex for a fixed period of time or until the birth.When sex is a threat to your pregnancy, you should give up the pleasure, so as not to harm the health of the mother and baby.
On courses for pregnant women, false contractions are recommended to use for relaxation training during childbirth. This will allow you to determine which way is best calming you. In addition, during such cuts, you can train breathing exercises, which you showed in the classroom.
A warm bath also helps to ease the training bouts. However, make sure that the water is warm, but not hot, because you can harm yourself and the baby.
To get rid of discomfort you should:
- take a walk in the fresh air;
- drink tea (juice, water);
- rest or even sleep;
- relax in any way;
- eat a little (the portion should be small);
- take a warm bath;
- ask someone to give you a massage.
In the case when nothing helps
If after all the manipulations you have done, you do not feel better, or your condition began to deteriorate, then you should immediately contact your doctor. Perhaps you still confused training fights with real ones, which means it's time to get ready for the maternity hospital.
It is necessary to call a specialist if you have noticed the presence of:
- vaginal bleeding (small or intense);
- sensations of fluid leakage of a long or strong character;
- severe and painful contractions at intervals of 5 minutes for one hour;
- unbearable pain, which is very difficult to endure (it comes from the back and then goes to the stomach);
- changes in fetal movement (it began to move more intensively or, conversely, to slow down);
- symptoms of real contractions in late pregnancy (after the 37th week).
Any of these signs may indicate the beginning of the birth process. And even if so, then you should not panic. Your baby is already asking for the light, which means its time has come. You should calmly collect all the prepared things and go to the hospital to meet with your child.
Remember, in case of any hesitation or suspicion that you have real contractions, you should immediately seek medical help. Restraint or later time should not stop you. It is better to go to the hospital and go back than to jeopardize your health and the life of the child. In this case, it is better to err than to overlook.