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.