What are the characteristics of contractions that lead to labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Contractions that lead to labor have the following characteristics:

  • May start as infrequently as every 10-15 minutes, but usually accelerate over time, increasing to contractions that occur every 2-3 minutes

  • Tend to last longer and are more intense than Braxton-Hicks contractions

  • Lead to cervical change

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