Let's chat about uterine contractions
What is the goal? The bottom line is for the body to expel a baby.
Conception/pregnancy occurs inside the uterus which is the same muscle that rhythmically contracts when the body decides it is time to deliver baby. You can have similar cramping with your period each month, on a lesser scale, but similar sensation. The difference is the timing, duration and strength of the contractions in labor.
The hormone Oxytocin is released which causes the uterus to contract. As labor progresses, contractions become more intense and closer together. True labor contractions cause the cervix to dilate.
How do you time them?
From the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next is how often contractions are occurring.
2-3 minutes is typically the goal for active labor.
Many describe labor contractions as the worst pain they have ever felt.
I’m not saying this to scare you but to prepare you. Everyday women manage this pain with breathing, movement, hypnosis, guided imagery and pain medications.
How will you manage yours?