411 Contractions

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UNDERSTANDING THE 411 contraction rule

The 411 contractions rule is an easy way to know when to go to the hospital.

411 Contractions Rule

The 411 contractions rule says to go to the hospital when each contraction is 4 minutes apart, 1 minute long, and has been going on for 1 hour.

minutes apart each lasts 1  minute going on for 1 hour


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Counting Labor Contractions

The correct way to time labor contractions is from the start of one contraction to the start of the next contraction.

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Real Contractions vs Braxton Hicks

Braxton hicks contractions are real contractions, but not true labor. Braxton hicks contractions do not get longer, stronger, and closer together.

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Signs of Real Labor Contractions

Real labor contractions become longer, stronger, and closer together over time.

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When Will Hospital Admit You for Labor?

Hospitals admit a woman for labor when she is in active labor and experiencing strong, regular contractions that are dilating the cervix.

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