Senkwehen: So you recognize her!

A clear sign that your pregnancy is coming to an end is sinking. How you recognize them and how they differ from exercise labor or real labor, you can read here.

Your pregnancy is nearing its end , soon you’ve made it and you finally hold your baby in your arms. But until that happens, your body is diligently preparing for the birth – especially your uterus. The muscle contracts and keeps on training throughout the pregnancy, which you may feel as slight contractions . When your baby is ready for birth, they eventually become the real birth pangs. Before that, you will probably notice a hard belly from about the 25th week of pregnancy (25th week of pregnancy). These are the so-called practice pains , which eventually turn into sinking in the last few weeks.

What are Senkwehen anyway?

Around the 36th SSW you will feel more Senkwehen.

Senkwehen feel like this:

  • They last about 30 seconds to one minute
  • They occur over several hours again and again irregularly
  • the intervals between contractions are relatively long and take 15 minutes or more
  • make themselves felt by pulling in the back or abdomen (similar to menstrual pain) to the thighs
  • their intensity varies from woman to woman – some do not feel it, others have to breathe the Senkwehen

What do sinking do?

Through the contractions, the baby slips deeper into the pelvis and takes his birth position . Positive side effect: You get better air again, because the baby does not press so much on the lungs. The heartburn should now be less. In addition, the cervix moves from the sacrum to the pubic bone in the direction of the pubic bone. These changes cause discomfort and pain in some women. Thus, the pressure of the head creates friction on the pelvic bones, the ligaments and cartilage connections in the pelvis. Also, the movement of the cervix can be felt as a sting in the vagina. With heat and a gentle massage, the pain can be relieved .

In contrast to the previous practice pains, which you usually hardly feel, Senkwehen can not only be painful, but also have effects on the cervix and cervix. He can already slowly open or elapse. Therefore you should at the latest now also pack your clinic bag and buy the last things for the Baby-Erstausstattung , if something is missing.

What is the difference between prostrations and real birth pains?

Some women confuse the early Senkwehen with labor pains, especially when the appointment is almost at the door. If you are not sure if it really starts, call the hospital or your midwife first . That you can not immediately classify the contractions , is completely normal, after all, you do not get a baby every day.
You can also use a simple test : just take a warm relaxation bath:

  • If the contractions by it are more likely true labor pains.
  • If they disappear again, it is sinking .

Even if the contractions increase in intensity over time, the intervals become shorter and more regular and the pain increases, these are probably birth pangs.

Senkwehen: Then you should go to the doctor better

Exercise and contractions are normal in the last few weeks before delivery. However, they should disappear every now and then. If this is not the case and persist for an extended period of time, you should speak with your midwife or doctor for safety . By the way, even if you have a bad feeling!

Want to share with other expectant mums about your pregnancy and the upcoming birth? Then have a look at our BRIGITTE community .

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