What Is An Irritable Uterus In Pregnancy?

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A pregnant woman needs to be prepared for a lot of things. Especially on the finale. They have to be prepared to go through contractions right before labor. If the intervals between contractions get closer, you know the baby is on the way. But did you know women could experience contractions during their pregnancy term as well? An irritable uterus is marked by frequent contractions.

1. False labor pains

Contractions from an irritable uterus might feel like it’s the “big one” before labor. However, these contractions doesn’t lead to delivery. They aren’t an indicator of a dilating cervix. Sometimes these contractions could come along with back pain. It could get worse when engaged in an activity, even walking.

2. Don’t confuse it with Braxton-Hicks

They are similar to Braxton-Hicks contractions because both come with painful contractions. But irritable uterus contractions are more regular, more intense, and last longer than Braxton-Hicks ones.

3. Why does it happen?

There’s no research that explains why an irritable uterus happens. But a few women claim that it might have occurred from doing exercises, sex, constipation, stress, dehydration, and even a full bladder. Any activity could activate uterine irritability.

4. It doesn’t mean it could be dangerous

While an irritable uterus does cause obvious discomfort, it doesn’t mean it could be harmful to the mother or the baby. One study in 1995 claimed that 18.7% of women with irritable uterus had preterm labor. But this was compared to 11% in the general population. There is no further research that says an irritable uterus could lead to preterm labor.

5. How is the diagnosis done?

The diagnosis is done by placing a pressure-sensitive belt around the tummy. This can also be followed by doing tests to determine chances for preterm labor.

6. Treatment

Hydration is important for women with irritable uterus. Some women claim sleeping on the left side can help reduce pain and discomfort. Since stress could be a trigger, try to reduce stress during pregnancy. If the pains are unbearable, and nothing seems to be helping, you would need to go to a hospital.