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    Are These Real Labor Contractions?
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    Sarah McMoyler, RN posted:
    The signs and symptoms to watch for include:

    Hardening- The entire abdomen will become rock-hard
    Tightening- An internal sense of constriction
    Pressure- In the pelvic area; it can feel as if the baby is heading downward

    In real labor, overtime, the following will apply — Contractions become:

    Stronger- they become more intense
    Longer- they last 30-60 seconds
    Closer- they come in much closer proximity

    (Braxton-Hickes or 'practice contractions' are short, 5-10 seconds long, and come intermittently, 1-4 in a day.)

    Any other tips from you who have been in labor?

    Sarah McMoyler RN
    www.mcmoylermethod.com
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