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FAQs on Labor Contractions
  What are labor contractions and why do they happen?
 
  How to tell from the contractions if I am in true labor?
 
  How do I time my contractions?
 
  What is the 5-1-1 or 3-1-1 guideline for timing contractions all about?
 
  How is early labor contraction different from active labor contraction?
 
  Are there trigger forces for Braxton Hicks contractions or are they spontaneous. How do I stay comfortable when I am having them?
 
  What is false labor?
 
  What are second and third stage contractions?
 
  What are Braxton Hicks contractions and why do they occur?
 
  I have heard that labor contractions can really hurt. What do they feel like?
 
  Being pregnant for the first time can you tell me what the active labor phase is like?
 
 


How to tell from the contractions if I am in true labor?



If you are in true labor, your contractions will be frequent, intense and at close intervals. You can try these measures to see if you are in true labor:

1) walk around to see if the labor intensifies and persists or diminishes - in active labor it will get difficult to walk or talk around during contractions.
2) when you change or shift positions, true labor continues while false labor goes away
3) false labor can occur because of dehydration which tends to go away when you have had some water or juice whereas drinking fluids will not stop real labor. Basically your contractions should last longer (at least for a minute) and are about 5 minutes apart for at least one hour. Call your hospital to check further.







 
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