Prenatal contractions may begin a few weeks before the birth and called training. The task of women - not to confuse them with true contractions, which can be a sign of preterm labor. This will teach the tricks of a woman in the antenatal clinic at the school preparation for childbirth.
Why am I having contractions before birth
The real battle - the first stage of labor, they say that the cervix is beginning to open up in order to let the baby's head. The process is long: during the first labor pains last for 15-20 hours in repeated - 10-12.
But two - three weeks before labor begins to change gradually female hormones. First, increased blood levels of female sex hormones estrogen, which inhibit the action of progesterone. Female sex hormone progesterone
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restrains contraction of muscles of the uterus, but by the end of pregnancy reduces its effect. It is a physiological mechanism that causes the muscles of the uterus begin to train, build up their strength before delivery.
There is this training by short-term irregular muscle contractions of the uterus is called false or training bout. If this is the false labor, they are not dangerous.
Symptoms of training bouts
Training or false contractions in most cases painless or slightly painful. But the main difference between false labor from true is their irregular development. For example, training bout may occur several times in a row, and then the next day. Alternatively, during the day, they may appear at intervals of half an hour, 10, 15 minutes and so on.
Can training bout go to the true
Yes, they can. After 37-38 weeks of pregnancy false contractions may develop more often, they gradually become longer and more regular, passing thus in real fights. To observe this change, it is better to record the duration of labor and the intervals between them.
If false labor went into the true, this does not mean that you should immediately go to the maternity hospital. Since the cervix is only beginning to unfold in the reserve in nulliparous women at least 15, and in multiparous - 10 hours.
In the maternity ward should be sent only when the long fight began at intervals of five minutes. In addition, in the maternity ward should be sent when the water began to retreat - this means that the bag of waters broke. Prolonged rupture of membranes during childbirth - is always a threat of infection of the fetus, so a woman should be in the hospital.
In some cases, you should immediately call an ambulance
An ambulance should be called if the contractions started too early (before 37 weeks gestation), different frequency and morbidity. It is especially dangerous when at the same time the woman has spotting
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- It may be a sign of premature detachment of the placenta.
How to behave during false labor
From the general attitude, knowledge of the situation of women and peace depends on her health and the health of the unborn child. If a woman attended school preparation for childbirth, she knows what false contractions are different from true. So do not be nervous, you just need to relax and calm down.
Nervous tension can adversely affect the child's condition as at the time under the influence of the stress hormone
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adrenaline going spasm of blood vessels, including the blood vessels of the placenta and the baby does not receive oxygen and nutrients, which affects the state of his brain. Additionally, the spasm of blood vessels can lead to high blood pressure
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That it is dangerous even for the woman herself.
If false contractions cause discomfort or anxiety, they can try to shoot - these contractions may withdraw from a walk in the fresh air, breathing in the smell of valerian root, or if you just slowly drink a glass of lukewarm water.
But obstetricians do not recommend in this case to use the heat, such as a warm bath. The fact is that if the fight actually sweat, the heat will not hurt them, but if it is associated with any complications of pregnancy, especially if interested rich placenta blood vessels, the use of heat may cause severe bleeding.
Every pregnant woman should know what false training bout differ from true. It also needs to know when to start after the fights can stay at home and when to rush to the hospital.