The bag bursts and the pain starts from nowhere! Movie scene is not it? Suddenly the girl in the movie goes into labor and the pain comes out of nowhere. Contractions are not always as painful and sudden as the labor that appears in the cinema did you know? Contractions can be even imperceptible even in latent labor. But the problem is when we fail to recognize this contraction. Here are some tips to identify when the contraction is for real.
Contractions are pressures from the uterus caused by the proximity of labor or as signs of labor . The baby is expelled through this pressure that pushes the baby out towards the vaginal passage. The active labor makes these strong contractions and rhythmic with space of 30 seconds between them because of a hormone called oxytocin and is expelled naturally or introduced artificially to help speed up labor.
The contraction can be painful or painless, but one aspect is always present when the contraction happens: the belly will be harder than usual. The feeling of heavier stomach is one of the main factors that determine painless contraction. But the feeling of a heaviness coming from the back forward is also a recurrent one to help recognize a contraction.
When Will the Pain of Contractions Get Stronger?
The famous contraction pain so often shown in films and soap operas is important, but in most cases it comes slowly and can take a few hours to become unbearable as shown in fiction. The characteristic pain of contraction is that which radiates from the back to the abdomen or the other way around.
Often the pain of contraction is also confused with menstrual cramps when they start, but the tendency is for them to become stronger and more frequent. In the beginning the contractions are arrhythmia and can last from 30 seconds to 1 minute and in 10, 15 or 30 minutes. As childbirth approaches the pains are also more balanced and in less time.
The ideal is to note the interval between pains and also to measure how long they last. The longer they last and the less time between them, the closer to the baby’s expulsion phase. The pinnacle of labor is the feeling of pooping! This sensation tells the woman that the dilation is complete and that it is time to push. When the contractions reach 5 minutes between them, it’s time to go to maternity.
During contractions the baby may appear to be quieter and this is normal due to the pressure he is suffering, however it is necessary to keep a watch on his heartbeat to know if everything is going well. To alleviate the pain, the woman should do the puppy breath, accelerated and short, inhaling through the nose and releasing through the mouth.
It is also important that you find support for the moments of greatest pain. Standing can help a lot during peak contractions. Massaging the hips relieves a lot of pressure so it is very indicated to have someone to squeeze the back of the back, in the lumbar.
The contractions can also be for training and happen from the 20th week of pregnancy. Braxton Hicks’ famous contractions may be frightening, but they are not strong enough to cause a premature birth. The ideal is that the mother goes to the maternity hospital in case of doubts, because there they can do the cartiotocografia that identifies the true contractions and the labor even if there is no dilation.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.