Braxton Hicks or True Labor Contractions? (cont.)
I sometimes have pain on the side of my stomach. Is this true labor?
Probably not. Sharp, shooting pains on either side of your abdomen (called round ligament pain) that travel into the groin may come from stretching ligaments that support your growing uterus.
To ease the discomfort in your sides:
I Hate to Bother My Health Care Provider With "False Alarms." When Should I Call?
Your health care provider is available any time to answer questions and to ease concerns about whether or not your contractions are signs of true labor. Don't be afraid to call if you are not sure what it is you are feeling. He or she may ask you some questions to help find out if you are truly in labor. If there's any question at all, it's better to be evaluated by your health care provider.
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