Contraction is the pain when your womb is tightening and relaxing and considered as a very strong version of period pains. Contractions are different for every woman, and the pain might stay in your lower back area but, more often it will move in a wave-like movement towards the abdomen.
As labor progresses, the contractions will build up into longer and more regular pains which peak before easing off. Each contraction is helping to push the baby out of the womb and down into the birth canal. If you realize that you are going into labor, then your contraction counter can help in determining whether you should go to the hospital for delivery or not. It will keep check of the frequency, and duration of contractions and you can even download and print your count and share it with your doctor.
Duration of Contractions
The duration of a contraction is the time from its beginning to the end of the contraction. It usually measured in seconds. The intensity of the contraction is usually described as mild, moderate, or strong. This can be determined by feeling your abdomen during a contraction.
• Mild Contraction: It is short in duration and you usually don’t need to use breathing techniques. Your abdomen will feel slightly firm and similar to pressing your index finger against the fleshy part of your cheek.
• Moderate contraction: It is longer in duration than a mild contraction, and you may need to use breathing techniques. Your abdomen will feel firmer and slightly undentable. It may feel like pressing the end of your nose with your index finger.
• Strong contractions: They usually last at least 40 to 60 seconds. You’ll need to use your breathing techniques through these and with this, you won’t be able to indent your abdomen with your finger, and it feels similar to pressing on your forehead with your index finger.
About Contraction Timer
It is a better and more accurate way and does not require any manual input from you. It automatically tracks, times, and counts contractions by monitoring the uterine muscle activity. Its built-in timer starts and stops when your muscle contracts, and then relax. It accurately tracks contraction pattern, and get to know at your fingertips.
Here are some points which tell that you are having contractions:
• It happens at regular periods
• It often gets stronger
• It last longer
• Become more frequent
• Continue even if you change positions. It is difficult to differentiate between true labor contractions and false labor contractions. False contractions occur in the weeks nearing childbirth. The false contractions are regular, and some women actually feel they are going into labor due to these contractions. But true contractions get stronger, longer, and closer with time. If your contraction timing is 3- 4 minutes apart and does not cease even after walking, you could be in labor. Be sure about labor contractions while using online contraction timer and give details of your contraction to your doctor.