Your Baby this Week
Your Body this Week
- Pre-labour is the period of time that your body is preparing to give birth. During this time, your baby will drop into the pelvic area (also known as ‘lightening’). You could also have a vaginal discharge that has a brown or blood tint to it (this is the loss of your mucus plug). Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent, and the nesting instinct is in full force.
- False labour occurs when Braxton Hicks contractions are intense enough that it begins to feel like labour. Braxton Hicks contractions differ from real labour in that they are only felt in the front of the abdomen and not the back. Additionally, Braxton Hicks contractions do not get closer together and they can usually be alleviated by moving around. The biggest difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and real labour is that your cervix does not soften or dilate.
- Real labour will include all the pre-labour signs in addition to your water breaking and contractions that get closer together and become more painful with each episode. The intensity of the contraction is noticeably different as labour progresses. The pain will normally start in the lower back and then move to the abdomen. When you move around, it hurts more, unlike Braxton Hicks contractions which are lessened with movement. And, during real labour, the cervix softens and dilates.