BRIEF ON FALSE CONTRACTIONS/FREQUENT PASSAGE OF URINE
At about 30-33weeks of your pregnancy, you probably have started feeling mild tightening of your abdomen that feels like labour contractions. This is known as Braxton Hicks contraction. It is important for you to be able to distinguish this from true premature labour contractions. In Braxton Hicks contractions, you do not feel significant pain while preterm contractions are painful. The pain of pre-term contractions, increase in frequency and duration, in a stepladder fashion. Braxton hicks contraction are loose and unpredictable. Anytime you are in doubt quickly consult your doctor. It is important to stop the pre mature contractions early before it becomes established.
At this stage of the pregnancy women also notice that they pass urine more frequently. This is due to the weight of the pregnant uterus compressing the bladder thus the urinary bladder fills earlier than normal, leading to frequent passage of urine. Some women also leak small quantities of urine when they sneeze, cough or laugh. This is referred to as stress incontinence. Pelvic floor exercise (see exercise section), can help to reduce or eliminate these symptoms. Another reasonable option is to reduce the quantity of the coffee or sugar drinks that you consume as they can cause excessive passage of fluid .This intervention can also help with stress incontinence. Whenever you have urinary symptoms you should not take it for granted, but inform your doctors who will have your urine tested for micro-organisms and you may be treated with suitable antibiotics if necessary.