In case if you feel that you are heading towards labor, then contractions would enable you to keep track of things. It would help you determine when the right time to head over to a hospital is. With stop watch you are in a position to count down the contractions, but it would not serve any major purpose.
There are various contraction timers online which completes the task of recording contractions for you. Earlier a calculator or stop watch would have been enough, but the exact frequency and intensity of contractions is not well documented.
The moment you have a tight feeling it means the starting of one contraction. You could even feel it from inside or you can keep your hand on the belly button. This would start one contraction. Once you feel that the uterus is relaxed press the stop button. This entire process should be continued as the contractions continue that would enable you to figure out intensity of contractions. It is necessary that you should measure close to 8 readings of your contractions to have a precise idea.
The main difference would be to figure out the difference between the true contractions and the false ones. The false ones goes by the name of Brampton Hicks that increase in intensity by the time you touch labor. For some woman it may give them a feeling that they are heading to labor via such contractions. A contraction schedule would provide more clarity on the same. Though the key point to consider here is progression.
Unlike the true ones the false ones become stronger with the passage of time. Even in case of contractions that take place before water breaks chances of labor contractions might occur. Rather than a clock you can measure them with a stop watch. This would give you a fair idea on how far you have gone on to reach labor.
Just try to time a few contractions. You need to start counting from the beginning of one contraction to another. In case if you have gone on to miss one contraction do not start in the middle of one. Wait for it to get over and then again count the contraction. The true contractions have certain features
- They become longer and stronger over due course of time
- Even if you are changing positions they keep on occurring. This would be a fair signal that you might have to head over to labor.
The true contractions tend to take place at the back and then move towards the abdomen. The Braxton hicks do take place in the region of belly and forces the belly to become harder. In fact you will not get any pains. They are going to emerge in a pattern of 3 to 4 and then disappear all of a sudden. The only point to consider here is that they prepare the body for the hard days ahead. They normally take place around the 7th month of delivery.