Genera consist of three periods. First period - a struggle, and dilatation of the cervix, the second - and the attempts of expulsion of the fetus, the third - the birth of the placenta. But sometimes the fights begin long before birth and are called false. How to distinguish false labor from the onset of labor?
What is false contractions and why they occur
Throughout pregnancy a woman's body to maintain a certain balance of female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone
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. Right up until the last weeks of pregnancy, large amounts of progesterone inhibited the contractile activity of uterine muscles. But by the end of pregnancy, this ratio begins to change, so that the muscles of the uterus sometimes begin to decline. This can occur not only at the end of pregnancy, but also for its entire length in case of high content of estrogen in the blood and reduce the amount of progesterone.
But before delivery occurs gradually physiological hormonal changes, particularly an increase in the blood levels of one of the estrogen - estiola, which leads to an increase in the excitability of the uterus, its free end to tension and stress of the uterine wall. As a result, the woman feels false contractions.
False labor may begin long before birth and does not indicate that labor is about to begin. Rather, they say that the uterine muscles are trained, increasing its contractile capacity before delivery.
They differ false labor from true that at first, they are not regular, that is, can occur at different time intervals. Second, the false contractions are not too intense and prolonged, and their characteristics, these do not grow over time. Finally, the false contractions are often triggered by stress and after the adoption of sedatives
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Manifested in the form of false labor contractions of the walls of the uterus, during which the majority of women do not experience pain. Moreover, the false contractions most women go unnoticed during the day when she is busy about their daily business. In the evening or at night, such fights may scare a woman or she can take them for the beginning of labor.
What if there were false labor
First of all, calm down and tell myself that it happens. Just train the muscles of the uterus and increase strength before delivery. If before the birth is still far, you can contact your doctor, who oversees pregnancy. And if you already have an agreement on the delivery receipt, you can consult a doctor of the hospital. Most likely, after the examination, the doctor will recommend to calm down and wait for the regular contractions, which are the first signs of incipient labor.
False labor can be removed, after walking around the room or in the open air, as well as drinking water infusion of valerian root or just inhaling the smell of dried valerian root.
But sometimes false contractions become regular, painful and transformed into true - it is a sign of the onset of labor. But in this case you should immediately go to the hospital. Should wait until the intervals between contractions will be reduced to five minutes or depart the water - then there should be sent to the hospital.
What you can not do: take a warm bath and applying heat to the abdomen. False labor is not hurt, but pregnancy and may be accompanied by a number of pathological conditions, including violations of the placenta, which are accompanied by cramping abdominal pain
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and internal bleeding - premature detachment of part or all of the placenta. In this case, the heat can increase bleeding that already threaten a woman's life.
Is it dangerous to false contractions
If this is the false labor, they are not dangerous for either the woman or the fetus. On the contrary, they play a positive role, that they are also called training - train the muscles of the uterus and increase strength before delivery.
The damage these fights can only bring in the case, when a woman feels when their feelings of anxiety and fear. In such a case there is a spasm of the blood vessels of the placenta that can actually harm the fetus. Therefore, if false contractions greatly frighten the woman, it is better to consult with an obstetrician-gynecologist of female consultation, which will explain to the woman that was happening to her.
And even better - pre-trained in the school of preparation for childbirth, where all the women explains in detail how childbirth occur, what should be done to help the physician during this process. Including in the classroom to explain what is false contractions and whether they represent a danger for the woman and child.
The best thing a woman before delivery calms the knowledge of how everything should take place and the possibility of the participation in the process.