After what seemed like too many months of pregnancy, the birth was getting very close. While there’s no need to time yourself like Olympian Usain Bolt in a 100-meter dash, you or your partner do want to start noting how long the contractions last and the length of the time between them (measured from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next). Before having a preterm birth, a woman first has a preterm labor which is regular contractions of the uterus coupled with a change in the amount of opening and thinning of the cervix before the 37th week of pregnancy.contractions

Braxton-Hicks contractions: In the weeks before delivery, many women experience uterine contractions. Common pregnancy symptoms like spotting and contractions can be harmless or signs of trouble. When she is having contractions it is important to determine whether they are labor contractions or Braxton Hicks Contractions, also known as false labor contractions. I have to go to hospital for blood tests next week and another scan in a couple of weeks. General pattern of uterine contractions of labour is maintained but intrauterine pressure during contraction hardly rises above 25mm Hg.contractions

True labor contractions commonly start at a woman’s back and move to her front; In Braxton Hicks Contraction is commonly felt by pregnant women only in the lower abdomen and groin. Some women have very time-able, regular, labor contractions that will reach regular intervals and then fade apart and die down. False labor contractions can include a series of contractions that feel very much like active labor contractions but have no effect on cervical dilation and effacement. These kinds of contractions never become regular and never become more intense.contractions

The contractions of the second stage of labour have a different feel to them because they have a different purpose. To figure out if the contractions you are feeling are the real thing, ask yourself the following questions. True labor contractions begin at the cervix and move up and around the back in a wavelike fashion. During prodromal labor, the types, intensity and regularity of the contractions are widely variable. My real contractions felt like I had pulled a groin muscle, in that frontal pubic region. This is a little silly because English speakers have been using contractions for centuries—although not always the same ones we use today.

So unless your practitioner has advised that you avoid orgasm during pregnancy (often because you’re at risk for preterm labor or miscarriage), sex is safe during pregnancy and there’s no reason to be concerned about these types of contractions following intercourse. When in question, always contact the attending physician about pains and contractions.