Contractions during pregnancy in the seventh month

In the seventh month of pregnancy, contractions can already be felt. How to distinguish those that are irregular and harmless from those of real birth

Having reached the seventh month of pregnancy, the date of birth is getting closer and closer and it is possible to feel slight contractions, which become more frequent starting from the twenty-seventh week. However, before rushing to the hospital, it is good to be sure that this is not a false alarm. Here is how to distinguish the irregular contractions, called Braxton-Hicks (from the name of the English gynecologist who identified them in 1872), from those of the actual labor.

The irregular contractions in the seventh month

Better known as "false contractions" are those of Braxton-Hicks, they differ from "real" contractions because they do not have a regular frequency and do not change in frequency or intensity. Rather common in the second and third quarters, irregular contractions are a physiological phenomenon of preparation for childbirth that cause hardening of the belly. Being a muscle, it happens that the uterus can contract, especially in particular periods of pregnancy like the seventh month, when the child has doubled his weight and moves a lot. Unlike the contractions that characterize labor, however, those of Braxton Hicks are not painful and do not alter the cervix. Furthermore, they do not show the symptoms that predict the birth, such as the loss of the mucous plug or the breaking of the water. In most cases, they occur late in the afternoon or early in the night, with isolated and involuntary hardening of the uterine musculature, and can last between 30 and 60 seconds. Often felt by the seventh month of pregnancy, they can also be responses of the pregnant woman's body to excessive stress or stress.

Contractions of childbirth in the seventh month

At the seventh month of pregnancy, the presumed date of birth is still far away, but the contractions could become more frequent and painful. Unlike the false contractions, the real ones of birth are recognized because they are regular, last longer and are more frequent and persistent. When the contractions occur at intervals of about 5 minutes, and their duration increases, it is likely that labor has begun. At this stage, they are also felt at the lumbar and flank levels. In any case, the gynecologist should be contacted if the contractions are associated with blood loss or unusual vaginal flow. They should also be carefully monitored even when there was a premature birth in the past.

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