Did you know you may feel different types of contractions while pregnant?
There are early contractions, labor and delivery contractions, and more! Here are the different types of contractions.
Those Early Contractions…
You can experience early contractions even in the first trimester. The ligaments around the uterus stretch to make room for the growing baby inside of you. As you and Baby adjust, contractions can be a result. You will want to make sure you are drinking enough water during this time. Pain can also come from gasses in the stomach as your body adjusts. If you feel like you are experiencing something abnormal, or have a discharge, especially if it is blood, be sure to seek your doctor’s advice.
Pain can also come from gasses in the stomach as your body adjusts. If you feel like you are experiencing something abnormal, or have a discharge, especially if it is blood, be sure to seek your doctor’s advice.
If you are having normal intercourse you may experience contractions from sex. If you are concerned that this may induce labor, read Sex Rx: 4 Reasons to Keep Doing It via Fit Pregnancy. Still, you can talk to your physician if you’re concerned about these types of contractions.
Sexual stimulation or orgasm cannot start labor or cause a miscarriage. While orgasm may cause mild uterine contractions (as can nipple stimulation and the prostaglandins in semen), the contractions are generally temporary and harmless. ~Baby Center
Preterm or Braxton-Hicks
These can begin to occur after week thirty-four and are tricky because you will wonder if the baby is coming. They can mean the baby is coming, especially if they are regular (for example, every 10 minutes). If the contractions are that regular, it’s a good time to report to your midwife or primary caregiver.
Labor & Delivery Contractions
These are the ones that let you know Baby is definitely coming! If it’s time, you and your partner can begin to time the length of and distance between contractions. Are they regular? Are they painful? When contractions are close together and lasting a minute each, you are considered to be in active labor.
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How do I know if I’m having contractions?
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