Definition Of Prodromal Labor
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Prodromal labor is often explained as false labor. However, this is not the correct meaning of prodromal labor.
Even though prodromal labor feels similar to active labor, it is not so. The difference between prodromal labor and active labor is that the prodromal labor does not progress at a consistent pace, unlike active labor. In other words, prodromal labor, unlike active labor, does not result in the birth of a child. But, it is a real physical condition that several pregnant women go through. But even then, it performs an important function in the mother’s body. It prepares the uterus, cervix, as well as the baby for birth.
The prodromal labor pains usually begin much before the actual labor pains brought about by active labor. During this time, women usually experience Barton Hicks contractions. In some cases, they can even be stronger than that. However, they do remain inconsistent in their frequency, intensity, and length. Internally, the prodromal labor makes the cervix constantly move in a backwards to forward position. It also begins to soften and thin at the same time. The cervix also begins to dilate during this time.
Since prodromal labor is quite similar in nature to active labor, women usually get excited at their onset. As the contractions continue without any other progress in labor, they tend to get disappointed. But they should not be. This is a good time for the mother to prepare herself physically and mentally for the actual contractions to begin. Mothers should utilize this time to get plenty of rest too.
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