How to recognize a contraction?

Do you know how to decode your contractions? How are they characterized and are they always painful? Responses from Caroline Schoch, midwife.

  • A contraction is characterized by the fact that the belly, the uterus hardens everywhere. It molds the position of the baby and the belly takes a shape a little unusual, it is hard and it has a shape, yes, unusual.
  • The contraction is not necessarily painful, it can be characterized by pain at the time of work, but during pregnancy, it can be quite painless.
  • A contraction will last a minute to a minute and a half. A contraction is cyclical, it will come, we can compare it to a wave, it will go up, it will reach a maximum, then it will start again and that for a minute, a minute and a half. And it can come back after 5 minutes, as it can return after 1/4 hour, but what characterizes it is that it is cyclic.
  • The pain of contractions during work actually increases. On the other hand, the pain is not necessarily unbearable during work, since not all patients have the same threshold of pain.

Contractions: the file