Braxton Hicks

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Dad’s survival guide: trimester 3

Trimester 3 – the final stretch! In the third trimester things get a little bit crazier as it all becomes so much more real than before. Don’t worry though, you’ll get through it and you’re going to be an amazing dad! Your partner’s pregnancy hormones and their accompanying pregnancy symptoms have only gotten worse. Bear […]

Vasopressin

Vasopressin is a hormone that is very similar in both structure and function to oxytocin. It is released from the pituitary gland and does not increase until your third trimester of pregnancy. Vasopressin is an important hormone in the regulation of your contractions during labour and birth. As your labour progresses, your contractions will become […]

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Oxytocin

Oxytocin is another important hormone and though it is what causes those painful contractions during labour, you wouldn’t be able to hold your gorgeous baby without it. Oxytocin has an important role in conception, labour and breastfeeding. In conception, oxytocin is the hormone that is responsible for your sexual arousal and of course if you […]

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Signs and symptoms of labour

Everyone wants to know “how can I tell if I’m in labour?”, so we’re going to do our best to help you out. You are in labour if: 1. You are experiencing strong, regular contractions that are continuously getting closer together, longer and stronger, unlike Braxton Hicks which are sporadic. 2. You experience the “show”. […]

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Braxton Hicks or real labour?

Knowing whether you’re experiencing Braxton Hicks or in real labour can be very difficult, especially late in your pregnancy when your due date is approaching and the Braxton Hicks are getting stronger. Firstly, Braxton Hicks are infrequent and irregular while real contractions have more rhythm. If you’re in real labour, your contractions will gradually get […]

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Alleviating Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks can be a right pain in the you know where! So we thought we would give you a few helpful tips to help you alleviate the discomfort they cause, especially near the end of your pregnancy. Drink water, Braxton Hicks are sometimes the result of dehydration Take some deep, slow breaths or practice […]

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Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks contractions, also called false labour or practice contractions, are sporadic contractions of your uterus. They can start from as early as week 6 of your pregnancy, though most women don’t feel them until the second or third trimester. In fact, some of you may never experience them, aren’t you lucky? They are named […]

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The first stage of labour

Stage 1 of labour is the stage in which dilation occurs and is divided into three distinct phases. This stage of labour is the longest and lasts for several hours. It begins with the first contraction you feel, which you must be careful is not a Braxton Hicks contraction, and ends when you are a […]

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