true labor vs. false labor start end duration frequ timing contractions to time
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To time contractions, two specific characteristics of the contraction are recorded frequency and duration .
A contraction log is provided for you on this page. Use a watch with a second hand to capture the exact time in minutes and seconds.
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false labor ConTraCTions
Contractions occur at irregular intervals.
Intensity relatively unchanged.
Interval between contractions not shorter.
Discomfort primarily in lower abdomen.
Discomfort frequently relieved with walking
Cervix does not dilate.
True labor vs . false labor
True labor ConTraCTions
Contractions occur at regular intervals.
Intensity of contractions increases.
Intervals between contractions shorten.
Discomfort in back and/or lower abdomen.
Discomfort does not stop with walking.
Start End Duration Frequency
Frequency - Time from the start of one contraction to the beginning of another .
Duration - Time from the start of one contraction to the end of the same contraction.
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