How to calm contractions in pregnancy?

How to calm contractions in pregnancy?
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How to calm contractions in pregnancy

Sometimes during the second or third quarter, it is very common to start to feel slight and sporadic contractions, especially after sexual intercourse or when you have tired yourself too much. I'm physiological contractions, caused, for example by physical exertion or dehydration, or are the so-called preparatory contractions (by Braxton Hicks) and are not worrying. They usually last a few minutes and then pass on their own, but they can be painful. How to calm contractions during pregnancy? Here are some useful remedies and advice.

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How to distinguish contractions from fetal movements

During the second and third quarter it is also very easy now to be able to clearly perceive the baby's movements in the belly. When he changes position he could give us a kick or an elbow and if we caress the belly the baby responds to the stimuli with his movements. Often it is the baby's movements that trigger a physiological contraction.

Braxton Hicks contractions, on the other hand, resemble a tightening of the abdomen. They are usually mild and painless, other times they can cause some pain. These preparatory contractions do not dilate the cervix and do not occur at regular intervals.

Contractions, how to recognize them

Throughout the pregnancy it is common to feel small, sudden ones contractions that should not worry: Therefore, the contractions we feel when we suddenly change position or if we have made a physical effort or have walked quickly are physiological and normal.

Towards the end of pregnancy, the preparatory contractions which are sporadic and of mild intensity and do not cause concern. If, on the other hand, they become rhythmic, more and more frequent and with increasing pain they could be real contractions and it is good to call the gynecologist.

As explained by Maria Antonietta Totta, midwife and host of the birth accompaniment courses at the Casa Sollievo della Soflievo in San Giovanni Rotondo (FG) in the presence of repeated and painful contractions, especially if they are accompanied by blood losses, albeit modest, it is always necessary to contact the gynecologist.

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How to recognize premature contractions

Unlike the preparatory ones, the contractions that indicate the onset of labor they are regular, close together and last from 30 to 90 seconds, with an ever shorter interval between them. They are very painful, like a fist, and there is an intense pain that does not subside when you change positions and can extend to the lower back.

How to relieve preparatory contractions

Here are some practical tips to put into practice to relieve the discomfort of contractions:

  • Breath deeply;
  • try to pee and empty your bladder;
  • Change position;
  • Lie down if you have been standing;
  • Move if you've been sitting: Braxton Hicks contractions usually stop when you move. Drink some water: contractions can be triggered by dehydration;
  • Take a warm bath;
  • Lie on your left side and avoid lying on your back - this can slow or stop contractions
  • Track your contractions for one hour by counting the minutes from the start of one contraction to the start of the next.


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