Timing contractions is very easy to do, and can tell you a lot about your labor.
Time Required: 30 minutes
- When you think you're having regular contractions get a watch with a second hand or find someone to help you.
- When a contraction begins note the time.
- When a contraction ends note the time.
- The difference in these numbers is how long the contractions are lasting.
- Note the time the next contraction begins.
- The distance from the first contraction to the second contraction is how far apart your contractions are.
- Time a few contractions to check for regularity.
- Don't time every contraction. Only time them when they start and when you believe that they've changed in length or space.
- Ignore every contractions you can. Getting overly excited can get you to your place of birth faster, but won't make the baby come any sooner.
- If you have questions call your doctor or midwife.
What You Need
- A watch
- Contraction timing app