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Timing Contractions

To time contractions, 2 specific characteristics of the contraction are recorded – frequency and duration.

A contraction log is provided for you on this page. Use a watch with a second hand to capture the exact time in minutes and seconds.

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False Labor Contractions

• Contractions occur at irregular intervals. • Intensity relatively unchanged.

• Interval between contractions not shorter. • Discomfort primarily in lower abdomen. • Discomfort frequently relieved with walking. • Cervix does not dilate.

True Labor Vs . False Labor

True Labor Contractions

• Contractions occur at regular intervals. • Intensity of contractions increases. • Intervals between contractions shorten. • Discomfort in back and/or lower abdomen. • Discomfort does not stop with walking. • Cervix dilates.

Start End Duration Frequency

Frequency

Duration

Frequency - Time from the start of one contraction to the beginning of another.

Duration - Time from the start of one contraction to the end of the same contraction.

How To Time Contractions

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