Question

Labor Symptoms & Pregnancy

What are false labor pains?

A Answers (2)

  • APaula Greer, Midwifery Nursing, answered

    False labor pains, also called Braxton hicks contractions, are common during the last trimester. Your uterus is a muscle and exercises itself regularly during the pregnancy. You may have noticed sometimes your belly is hard as a rock and other times soft. You didn’t really notice when it got that way but you are aware it happens. This is the very first Braxton hicks contractions. Eventually as you get closer to labor you may actually feel them start and end and they may begin to mimic true labor contractions. They may even become quite uncomfortable hence the name “Labor pains". This is your body getting ready for the big day. They may even help your cervix to thin out a little or lose the mucous plug and start to dilate. Your body knows what to do and when to do it. These practice contractions although maybe annoying serve a purpose and are bringing you closer to your big day. These contractions will usually fade away if you eat, drink, relax and change your level of activity. They don’t get stronger, longer and closer together. They are irregular and you can often walk and talk through them. Real labor will get regular, stronger, and longer and you will not be able to walk or talk through contractions.

    If you are asking is this it, then it probably is false or very early labor. When it is the real thing you will know. If it doubt call and check in with your health care provider.

     

  • ADeborah Raines, MSN, Nursing, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

    False labor also known as Braxton Hicks contractions are uterine contractions that begin and remain irregular in frequency, intensity and duration. They are localized to the abdominal and groin area and often disappear with a change in activity or position. Most importantly false labor does not lead to cervical change or descent of the fetus.

Did You See?  Close
What is back pain during labor?