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How To Track Contractions During Pregnancy?
Step 1: When you feel your abdomen tightening, click on the ‘Start Counting’ button.
Step 2: Click the ‘Stop Counting’ button when the pain of the contraction ends.
Step 3: When you have experienced about five contractions, look for the length and frequency of the contraction and the interval between them in the result. The frequency will tell you how apart your contractions are and the length will tell you how long your contractions last.
When you are in labor, most doctors ask you about the frequency and length of your contractions. The contraction information, coupled with the specific patient-related information, helps doctors in determining whether you should go to the hospital or see a midwife.
A clock or stopwatch is not enough to keep a track of the duration and frequency of the contraction. You need a precise timer, something like a contraction calculator.
Our Contraction Timer is designed to assist to-be-mommies in following their contractions throughout labor, just with the click of the mouse. The timer automatically calculates the duration of each contraction and the interval between them. You can also download and print the contraction timer chart to send it to your gynecologist, friends, or family.
The average readings would be:
• Length: The length of the contraction
• Frequency:The length of time from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction
•Interval: The time length from the end of a contraction to the beginning of the next contraction
• Reset:You also get the option of deleting everything, allowing you to reset and update the information.
There are two types of contractions – True Labor and Braxton Hicks. True labor contractions are difficult, painful, stronger, last for a long time, and come closer together as the labor progresses. This leads to the thinning and opening of the cervix, thereby facilitating the baby to come out through the pelvis. Even the abdomen becomes rigid during the contractions. These contractions start somewhere between the 38th and 42nd week of pregnancy, 40th week being the most common.
Braxton Hicks, also known as false labor, prepares the body for the work that lies ahead. These contractions are irregular and short, and are not very painful. The Braxton Hicks Contractions begin in the 5th or 7th month and go on until delivery.
True labor contractions begin at the cervix and move up and around the back in a wavelike fashion. The feeling is similar to menstrual cramps. The pain can also begin in the back and move to the front. The pain is initially mild, and then peaks before subsiding. A true labor contraction occurs every 15 to 20 minutes and usually lasts for 60 to 90 seconds.
Braxton Hicks is usually felt in the front and groin area. It can also originate in the back, but never moves to the front.
If your contraction timing is three to four minutes apart and does not cease even after walking or lying on your left side, you could be in labor. It’s time for you to contact your gynecologist or get into the hospital. (1)
You must give your doctor the details of your contraction, and whether or not your contractions are getting longer and coming closer together.
Note: Do not start at the middle or end of a contraction. If you’ve missed the first, wait for the next contraction to begin.
The information provided by our Contraction Timer should not be considered as a substitute for medical advice given by your physician. If you have any queries or doubts, contact your health care professional right away!
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