A friend of mine just made me remember that not everyone tend to use apps as much as we do. If you browse through Play Store or App Store, you can find almost any app for anything. So, when it comes to counting your contractions to check if you’re experiencing fake or real contractions, you can use this app called Contraction Timer.
Basically, the app is pretty simple. It only has one button – START. So every time you feel a contraction, you just need to tap START, and when it stops, just tap STOP.
So every time you feel, it just continue this START and STOP action, and you will get the time interval reading between each contraction, as well the duration of each contraction. It even runs in the background as long as you don’t clear background applications.
This particular Contraction Timer is only available on Android on Play Store. If you’re using an iPhone, there are many others you can try out, but since I’m using an Android device, this was the most convenient and dummy-proof that you can even download and use it while in pain.
Real Contraction Readings
So, all you need to monitor is whether the contractions are consistent or not in terms of duration and intervals. Generally, during the first stage of real contractions, the duration is approximately 30-45 seconds, and intervals of between 5-30 minutes. Usually the pain isn’t too bad, and maybe a little irregular, but do keep track of your contractions to determine whether it is fake or not. This first stage can last between 8-12 hours, so you don’t have to rush out of the house immediately unless you water breaks.
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During the second stage of labour, the duration of your contractions can last for about 45-60 seconds, with approximately 3-5 minute intervals. By this time, you really should be heading to the hospital or on the way already as this stage can last between 3-5 hours, sometimes lesser.
By the third stage, you probably won’t be counting your contractions anymore since it would be quite painful by then. The pain will last about 30 minutes – 2 hours, with duration of 60-90 seconds, with 30 seconds to 2 minutes rest in between.
Do take note that generally, real contractions are persistent and doesn’t go away hours after it has started.