When you open the Bloomlife app and start a recording session, what will you see? and how should you interpret those bumps and dips and numbers?
Fun times ahead…
Me and my contractions
Contractions come in all shapes and sizes but most do not always lead to a baby on the way.
The uterus gets busier and busier in the months leading up to baby’s birthday. This incredible muscle of yours has a lot of preparation to do and it is often thought that those Braxton Hicks contractions you experience throughout your pregnancy serve as a uterine workout to tone the muscle for its big day.
In the Bloomlife app, the graph that shows in the live view displays all your uterine activity. Baseline muscle chatter appears as those little bumps and dips. When the uterine muscle contracts beyond a set threshold, the contraction timer bubble appears, showing the duration from start to finish of that contraction. As you may notice, because Bloomlife interprets the electrical signals of the uterine muscle, it even picks up those little contractions that you might not feel.
But what do these contractions mean?
The contractions that appear in the live view also pop up in the 1-Hour Pattern bar. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the main difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor contractions comes down to pattern – Braxton Hicks contractions stay irregular while labor contractions follow a regular pattern.
Bloomlife allows you to easily see and interpret the regularity in your contraction pattern to make understanding your body as simple as possible.
I have regular contractions, now what?
Experts say that even if contractions are in a regular pattern, this might not necessarily signal that baby will arrive in the next few hours. It may even take days (hang in there, girl.) Progression is now the key – when contractions start getting closer together – to understanding your labor status.
In the Bloomlife app, when you tap on the 1-Hour Pattern bar in the live view, you can see the relevant metrics to quickly assess your progression with the average time between contractions as well as the average duration of the contraction.
Are my contractions “normal”?
Research has shown that the average woman with a low-risk pregnancy will have four contractions per hour as she approaches the last month of her pregnancy. BUT, this same research study also demonstrated that the “average” woman is not so average, these contraction numbers vary widely.
Not too surprising, right? Every woman, every body, every pregnancy is so different. Perhaps the most valuable thing you can learn from Bloomlife is what is a “normal” number of contractions for you. Your trends view can help you keep track of previous recordings so that you can see your own patterns.
Of course, Bloomlife should be used to facilitate, but never replace, conversation with your birth team. If you have any concern at any point, contact your healthcare provider.