Contraction Counter

INFO ABOUT CONTRACTION COUNTER

Contraction Timer & Calculator for Labor Pains

When you go into labor, your contraction count can help your obstetrician in estimating your time of delivery. A stopwatch or clock can help you in keeping a track of contraction frequency and duration but chances are that they might not work accurately. Therefore, for expectant mothers an unfailing and reliable tool is designed to calculate their contractions.

When you go into labor an automatic tool contraction timer from Healtheoz HMom help you keep a record of contractions. To share your counts later with your obstetrician, family or friends you can download a file and take a print out.

Start TimeEnd TimeLength of ContractionInterval

How do you use the Contraction Calculator?

  • When you start to feel commotion (a tightening sensation, which you may feel either from your stomach or with your hand on your belly) click on “Start Counting”.
  • When you feel the relaxation in your uterus click on “Stop counting”.
  • To check the interval between the contractions, repeat the process.

To make sure of the contraction pattern at least Six to eight readings are required which includes both duration (length of contractions) and frequency (time difference in between two contractions).

What are Contractions during Labor?

Regular tightening and relaxing of uterine muscles, which are stimulated by the hormone- oxytocin, that is released by pituitary gland are labor contractions. Usually, they may feel as menstrual cramp and may cause a faint ache in lower abdomen and back and a little pressure in the pelvis can also be felt. From top of the uterus to the bottom the contraction is felt in a wave-like motion. The upper part of the uterus (fundus) gets thick because of contractions while the lower portion and cervix is stretched and relaxed. The baby is assisted by these series of contractions to move through the birth canal.

Sometimes it gets tricky to identify an actual labor contraction as women also suffer from Braxton Hicks contractions, which is their body’s way to get them ready for the real thing. Regular contractions but with varied intensity are false labor contractions. Such contractions sometimes lead women to think that they are going in to labor.

However, you can distinguish in a false and actual contraction by keeping in mind that unlike false contractions, actual ones get stronger, longer and also the interval between two contractions minimizes. You can make sure about how far you are into labor by using a calculator instead of a clock or watch.

How can you time your contractions?

In the beginning try noting down the time of a few contractions, when each contraction starts and when it ends. How long a contraction lasts will help you know about the duration of contractions and the time gap will help you know about the intervals between the two contractions. To ensure that you are going through an actual labor notice your contraction’s pattern by and see if they:

  • Occur at the regular period
  • gets stronger with passing time
  • starts lasting longer
  • becomes more frequent
  • You continue to feel discomfort even when you change positions

The figure is based on a simple formula of the 4-1-2 rule, which means

  • Contractions are four minutes apart
  • Each contraction lasts for one minute
  • This pattern remains constant for at least two hours.

Now is the time when active labor starts and when you can no longer relax completely or hold a conversation.

What are preterm labor contractions?

Before 37 weeks of pregnancy if you begin to suffer regular contractions which result in cervical changes, then you are going through preterm contractions. Both effacement and dilation are included when we talk about changes in the cervix which leads to preterm labor.