premature labour are common in pregnant women. Learn about the reasons behind
these contractions and ways of easing out the discomfort.
When you are in your eighth month of
pregnancy, it is natural that you will be worried about whether you might go
labour or not. One simply needs to notice all the changes happening in the
body and learn the symptoms and report the same to the doctor so that you can
be well prepared in cases of a premature labour. It is surely a matter of
concern if you are having a preterm baby, but at this stage it can be quite
natural given one’s specific condition. All you need for the well-being of
yourself and the baby
is preparation and timely medical attention.
The foremost point to note here is that, a preterm
labour does not always entail a premature baby. Your baby might be completely developmentally
and ready for birth and hence you enter the preterm labor. But then, what
happens actually in most cases is that many women enter or experience a
premature labour but give birth after 3-4 weeks. Unless there are certain
complications in the health of the mother or the position or condition of the
baby, doctors do not opt for a preterm baby. The premature labour is mostly a
practice of your body as it prepares itself for delivery.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
The premature labour is also commonly
termed as ‘false’ labour and in medical terminology; it’s called the Braxton
Hicks contractions. You get to experience these contractions around the eighth
month of pregnancy
where you feel regular uterine contractions in the abdomen. Initially they are
not painful, but later on as the contractions become somewhat more frequent,
the tightening and relaxing of the abdomen might cause a feeling of pain too. This
gain is normal, as the uterus is basically contracting and relaxing on its own
as the time for delivery nears. These contractions are very infrequent and
there is no regular pattern to this.
You will also note that they are also not
caused by some particular movement or position on your part. They can come and
go on their own and not get aggravated by your walking or sitting up. Their
intensity is nothing in comparison to true
Should You Do?
Once you know the reasons behind these
contractions, you can adopt a few simple practices that will help you deal with
it. These contractions are natural symptoms and thus, you should avoid getting
worked up about them. They do not indicate a premature labour. So, soothe your
nerves and try to relax. You can lie down or recline your back to feel better
and take some rest to rejuvenate yourself. It is found that a slow walk or a
change in position can help in easing out the discomfort. Drinking some water
or juice will make you feel better as the contraction subsides gradually. Often
a light snack helps. A slight massage in the abdominal region in a gentle
manner also eases the contractions and helps you to feel better.
Should You be Concerned About?
As your delivery date draws nearer, you
must be very careful in noticing all the symptoms. If you find that the
contractions are coming at regular intervals and are lasting for 30 seconds to
over a minute, and they are becoming more frequent with time, then you must
know that you are approaching the real labour. Then, if the intensity increases
and the contractions travel from the back of your spine to the front of your
abdomen, this is also a point of concern as you are close to labour. There is
absolutely nothing to panic; only you should be prepared with your doctor for