is false labor?
In a gist false labor is a trial run where your body
gets to practice contractions, after which the labor
fades away. Brief periods of any one of these, achy
back, pressure and menstrual cramp, doesn't necessarily
mean you are in labor. These start-again-stop-again
contractions can seem to 'go on forever' without changing
in strength and intensity. They can be tiring and frustrating.
Unlike real contractions, these contractions are short,
last less than half a minute, and are less frequent.
False labor contractions tend to stay the same or get
weaker and farther apart, especially when you hydrate
or move around. The contractions can be genuine ones
or Braxton Hicks contractions. Because they can sometimes
be painful and uncomfortable these contractions have
been termed false labor but unlike real labor they do
not impact the cervix.