What are false labor during pregnancy?

Fake work, what is it?

Fake labor feels just like real early labor, but what sets them apart is that they don’t trigger your baby’s release. More specifically, the uterine contractions felt during false labor are painful but ineffective because they do not open the cervix to begin labor.

When does work go wrong?

Miscarriages occur at the end of pregnancy, on the 9thth Months and predates birth by a few hours or sometimes even a day or two. Painful contractions occurring before 37 weeks of amenorrhea are referred to as imminent preterm labour.
Miscarriages occur during a first pregnancy. We can interpret this as a kind of warm-up, a slump in work. Wrong work is not strong enough to clean the cervix.
With the following babies, we tend to speak of “false alarms”. So we experience very sensitive contractions for an hour or two, then it stops! This phenomenon can occur several times in the days leading up to childbirth and confuse the mood of future parents about leaving for the maternity ward.

Identify fake work

It is difficult for the expectant mother to know whether the birth is really beginning or whether it is a miscarriage. However, during the consultation at the maternity ward, an examination of the cervix can determine whether or not labor has started. If the cervix is ​​4 centimeters dilated, it usually means that the birth will occur within hours.
“There’s no way to predict that fake work“It’s more up to the baby’s side to have things explained,” explains Dr. Bernadette de Gasquet. She states that if the baby is not well flexed, that is, not well placed, the uterine contractions will not drive it well, so it will not be well supported on the cervix.” Certain postures can help the baby to move in the uterus and above all to bring the uterus into a good axis. These poses or mobilizations are often found either doing four legs, posing the stomach in emptiness or on a surface, or doing a stretch behind you, or in a hike,” recommends the specialist.

What to do in the event of incorrect work?

In the case of miscarriage, it is better to try to stop labor if possible.
Pain can be relieved through various techniques such as: B. Bathing, singing, spasfon… Do not hesitate to try several to find the one that provides the most relief. In this regard, every expectant mother is different.
“The moment the pain is clear enough for the experts to identify what will best relieve it, it’s important for the mother to find her birthing positions. Later, when things get more intense, she tends to tense up rather than look for the right postures. It is then important to find this as quickly as possible, even if it benefits from an epidural anaesthetic, because these postures correspond to the biomechanics of this birth.” advises Dr. de Gasquet.

The risks of wrong work

Miscarriages do not pose any danger to the baby because contractions are usually very far apart. The only danger concerns the mother, who can become exhausted and discouraged. “A pain in vain is harder to bear than a pain that drives man on workexplains our expert. “She doesn’t know if it’s the start of labor and then risks tiring for hours because of the normal tension of that moment. When visiting the maternity ward, the medical team may ask her to go home and perhaps come back the next evening or after a sleepless night. “

If the baby presses hard on the perineum and feels a strong desire to defecate, although no more defecating, it means that he is pressing well on the sacrum and it is going down in the right direction. It’s one of the most reliable signs that the work make good progress. But cervical inspection by a safe woman or doctor remains the true diagnosis. Added to this is the baby’s control of the good tolerance of the contractions, which is achieved by recording his heart. An irreplaceable way to be safe!

They tell us about their fake work

Jeanne is the mother of a little girl who miscarried 48 hours before giving birth. “I was in contractions every 15 minutes, it was exhausting, I just wanted to take a break to get some sleep,” she tells us. She will go in hopes of relieving the pain and speeding up labor, but it’s inconclusive. She goes to the maternity ward at around 10pm because the contractions are now 10 minutes apart. When she got there, she found out through an examination that her cervix was only 2 centimeters dilated. The professionals then tell her to go home to continue with the groundwork. “The next morning was quite calm, maybe I got used to the contractions,” she recalls before specifying, “but in the afternoon it started again, more violently.” Jeanne waits 2 hours with an interval of less than 5 minutes between labor before returning to the maternity ward. Over there, the cervix is ​​dilated to 3 centimeters: 1 centimeter gained in 24 hours. “So I had the epidural, which completely unblocked me. I think the pain that lasted 2 days blocked me both mentally and physically,” she analyzes. The opening of the cervix increased from 3 cm to 7 cm in 1 h. A few hours later her baby was born.

Aurélie is also the mother of a little girl. Her false labor started 4 days before delivery. Instead of going to the maternity ward, she called her gynecologist directly to describe her symptoms. “While I was waiting for the actual labor, taking a spasfon was effective in relieving my labor,” she confides. On the day of delivery, the pain intensified and she knows it will come soon. Contractions occur rapidly every 2 minutes. His intuition is good.

If you have additional questions about motherhood, we invite you to consult the book well-being and motherhood by our expert Bernadette de Gasquet.

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