How To Identify False Labour After The 30th Week Of Pregnancy

How To Identify False Labour After The 30th Week Of Pregnancy

How to Identify False Labour after the 30th Week of Pregnancy

For the 3rd time today, you’ve dialed your doctor only to realize the contractions were nothing but a false alarm. Most pregnant mothers experience what are called the notorious ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions during their 30th week of pregnancy. Although they cause you discomfort, these contractions are your body’s way of warming up for the main event. Not all women experience false contractions during pregnancy; some undergo true labor pain directly on their big day with nothing to prepare them for it.

But how do you tell the difference between false and true labor when you’re 30 weeks pregnant and panicking in between the pain?


Read the signs below to know for sure so you don’t cry wolf the next time those Braxton Hicks kick in. Besides, you’ll be keeping your healthcare provider from having to make another late-night excursion.

Contractions start in your lower abdomen

The pain that comes with false labour is mostly centred in your lower abdomen. With true labour, the pain begins in your lower back and radiates to your abdomen or vice versa.

They don’t happen at regular intervals

Braxton Hicks contractions are sporadic and unpredictable. They occur at intervals that are irregular. True labour contractions are initially irregular but go on to become regular as time passes.

They don’t get stronger

If it’s false labour, you will know it as the contractions subside with a change in position or activity. With true labour, the intensity of the contractions increases with time irrespective of what you do to try and ease them.

They don’t last longer

False contractions vary in length, unlike true labour that lasts for over 30 seconds, getting progressively longer.

They don’t cause dilation of the cervix

If it’s false labour, your cervix will not dilate. When it’s true labour, how