Occurs at regular intervals
Occurs at irregular intervals
Intervals gradually shorten
Intervals remain longer and/or irregular
Intensity gradually increases
Intensity remains the same
Located in the abdomen and back
Located chiefly in the lower abdomen
Not affected by mild sedation
Usually relieved by mild sedation
How to time contractions
Try to keep a record of your contraction. Be patient!
DURATION: Feel your abdomen and record the time the firmness is noted and also when it feels relaxed. This is
usually 15 to 60 seconds in length.
FREQUENCY: Contractions are timed from the beginning of one to the beginning of another contraction. This is
usually noted in minutes.
Be sure to time several contractions in a row and notify your physician when they do appear to be occurring at regu-
Other possible sign and symptoms of labor
- Bloody show
- Gush of water from the vagina; (ruptured membranes)
- Backache or discomfort occurring in lower abdomen that appears more intense with contractions.