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Still growing. Still preparing. Still in there.
You’re slowing down, but don’t stop.
The difference between true labor and false contractions.
|Braxton Hicks (False Labor) Contractions||True Labor Contractions|
|Irregular and remain irregular||Regular intervals or regular pattern|
|Don't get closer together as time passes||Grow closer together over time|
|Often are weak and stay that way (might have stronger contractions followed by weaker ones)||Increase in strength/intensity over time|
|Stop when you rest, walk, or change positions||Keep coming no matter what you do|
|Vary in length and intensity||Usually last 30 to 90 seconds (shorter when they begin and get progressively longer and stronger)|
|Don't affect your cervix||Cause cervix to dilate (open)|
|Pain usually felt only in the front||Pain begins in back and moves to front.|
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