Use This Handy Tool To Time Your Contractions

Is it really time? The main thing separating real labor from false labor is progression: In true labor, contractions get longer, stronger and closer together with time. Use this page to help you time your contractions.

woman timing contractions online

How to use this tool

Simply click the "Contraction starts" button at the beginning of the contraction, when you can feel the tightening sensation (either from the outside, with your hand on your belly, or from the inside). Click on the "Contraction ends" button when your uterus completely relaxes again.



Your contraction lasted seconds

Reporting the news

When you call your caregiver, tell her how long your contractions are lasting and how far apart they are. If they are getting longer and coming closer together, let her know immediately.

Important timing note

Contractions are timed from the start of one contraction to the start of the next contraction. When reporting to your caregiver, make sure you're timing correctly; don't count only the interval between contractions.

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