Before you go into actual labor, you may experience false labor.
Women typically start having Braxton Hicks contractions during their third trimester, but some women start experiencing them as early as the second trimester. It can be hard to tell the difference between real labor and false labor, especially when you are already on edge about giving birth soon. In our last blog, our nurse midwife in Bradenton talked about what false labor is and gave you a few signs of real labor. Today, we will be going over the signs of false labor.
Signs you are going into false labor:
- Contractions – Braxton Hick contractions are usually much less intense than real contractions, and they don’t occur at regular intervals. As we said in our last blog, you can easily tell the difference between real contraction and Braxton Hicks contractions by timing them. Braxton Hicks contractions are random, and they don’t last for a set length of time.
- No other signs – When you are going into false labor, you won’t experience any of the other signs of real labor besides contractions.
Braxton Hicks contractions are normal, and they usually aren’t very painful, but if they are making you uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do. You could try taking a walk, getting a massage, taking a bath or taking a nap. Although Braxton Hicks contractions are nothing to worry about, if you are concerned, don’t hesitate to call your midwife or doctor. Even if it’s a false alarm, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about getting help, after all, it could be the real thing!