The following sections explain in detail how the two different types of contractions differ.
Braxton Hicks Contractions (False Labor)
Signs of Braxton Hicks contractions include the following:
- The contractions don't get closer together
- They don't get stronger
- They are usually only in the front
- They ease up with activity and are relieved with a change in position
- The cervix doesn't change.
True Labor Contractions
Signs of contractions associated with true labor include the following:
- The contractions do get closer together and more painful
- They get stronger
- The contractions start in the lower back and spread to the lower abdomen or vice versa
- They intensify with activity and are not relieved with a change in position
- The cervix thins and dilates.