While pregnant it’s normal to worry whether one’s baby is okay, especially when a mother don’t know exactly what’s going on in her womb. But once she is in her third trimester, there’s an easy, free, at-home technique she can use to monitor her baby’s wellbeing, i.e. foetal contraction timer.
What Is A Contraction Timer?
A contraction timer is a better, and more accurate way than the manual one. It automatically tracks, times and counts contractions by monitoring mother’s uterine muscle activity. This tool starts and stops its built-in timer when her muscle contracts and then relaxes. As a mother may guess, it is far more accurate than her best guess. The design of the app is very simple and handy. The basic information one need, are duration, interval, contraction pattern, contraction stats. These are glance-able.
What Contractions Feel Like?
Many women describe contractions that occur in early labour as similar to menstrual cramps, or as severe gas pains. In early stage, contraction will gradually gain in intensity until the contraction peaks, then slowly subside and go away. As one’s body does the work of labour, it is likely that the time in between contractions will become shorter. After sometime passes the strength of each contraction increases, the peaks will come sooner and last longer. But there should be some regularity or pattern when timed. Here two things to be remember:
- Visualize contractions as positive- Need to think of each contraction as positive one. It is bringing a mother much closer to the birth of her baby. With this tool visualize what the contractions are accomplishing, the thinning and opening of the cervix and the pushing of the baby downward. A mother need to try to work with her body rather than against it by staying as relaxed as possible during the contractions.
- Typical Length or Duration of contraction- A typical labour for a first time mother is hours, 8-14 hours and is usually shorter for a second or subsequent birth. For many expectant mother, rocking in a chair or swaying during a contraction bring them relaxation.
How does a contraction timer work?
Well, that depends what anyone mean by a pregnancy contraction timer.
There are several apps in the mobile app store that function as a contraction timer and simple contraction timer apps work similar to the stopwatch function. The stopwatch or stopwatch app requires a mother to hit a button each time a contraction starts and stops. Fancy apps track and display the contraction pattern and timing and this don’t require to do the math.
In early labour, contraction patterns are usually more regular, meaning the time between them, the interval, is the same from contraction to contraction. Labour contractions also progress as they start to get closer together in time. But finally, labour contractions won’t stop or slow when a woman try all the tricks (such as drinking water and resting) to make them go away. All this things one get to know during her pregnancy at her fingertips by online contraction timer.