But contractions don’t just happen before delivery. There are many types of contractions that occur during the pregnancy itself. Here are some of the types of contractions that occur during pregnancy:
- Early Contractions. This type of contraction usually occurs at the very beginning pregnancy or during the first trimester of pregnancy. This condition occurs when the body is still in the process of adjusting to various changes due to pregnancy. Contractions caused by relegating the ligaments around the uterus are usually followed by flatulence, constipation and dehydration. If the contractions at the beginning of pregnancy are followed by spotting, then immediately see your doctor for further tests.
- False Contractions. These types of contractions are commonly referred to as Braxton-Hicks, usually occur when pregnancy enters 32-34 weeks of age. The timing cannot be determined but usually occurs every 30 minutes with a contraction duration of about 30 seconds. It feels like pain during menstrual cramps. If these contractions don’t last for a long time, then the interval gets shorter and doesn’t get stronger, then labor won’t happen in the present time. Soak in warm water to relieve these contractions. However, if the contractions are getting stronger and the interval is getting shorter, it could be an indication that labor is about to take place.
- Contractions During Intercourse. During intercourse it can also cause contractions. Therefore, before you have sex, first make sure through a doctor’s examination that your pregnancy is declared healthy. The contractions that occur during intercourse will not pose a risk premature birth, during pregnancy healthy and without complications
- Real Contraction. Contractions actually occur before delivery. Contractions last for 40-60 seconds, occur every 10 to 20 minutes or one hour, then contractions become more frequent. The actual contraction will be followed by the opening of the cervix, discharge or mucus mixed with blood that is brownish which is a blockage of mucus or mucus in the cervix.
The contractions above are included in normal contractions and usually occur at times pregnancy. And will usually refer to normal delivery. However, there are several types of abnormal contractions that occur before delivery, namely:
- Primary inertia. Contractions that don’t appear at all before delivery. This is caused by physical abnormalities of the mother, such as malnutrition, severe disease, anemia, myoma.
- Secondary Inertia. Weak contractions.
- Tachysystoles in which contractions actually occur too often prematurely, so that they “run out” prematurely.
- Incordinate, incomplete contractions, meaning that only certain parts of the stomach experience contractions while other parts of the stomach do not experience, so labor does not progress, this is usually caused by myoma or KPSW (premature rupture of the membranes).
- Tetanis. Contractions caused by loose placenta that cause continuous contractions without stopping, this is actually very dangerous and can threaten the mother and the baby she is carrying. In this case, a C-section should be done immediately.