When contractions start this is your womb tightening and relaxing. You may have experienced painless tightening, particularly at the later stages of your pregnancy, known as Braxton Hicks.

When you experience regular, painful contractions that feel stronger and last more than 30 seconds, your labour may have started. These contractions will continue to become longer, stronger, and more frequent as things progress.

The contractions are pushing your baby down and opening your cervix ready for the baby to pass through into the birth canal.

Your midwife will advise you to stay at home until your contractions become regular and more frequent. Call us for guidance when they last between 30 and 60 seconds and are occuring regualrly every five minutes on 01483 464133.

If at stage you feel you need more support, painrelief and reassurance, please call us and we will invite you to come in for assessment. If your labour is still in the early stages and you are coping, it will be recommended that you return home until labour becomes more established.

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