How do you monitor the strength of contractions?
During labor, physicians monitor the strength of contractions by measuring the pressure inside the uterus. High contractile strength indicates that the uterine pressure is high enough to push the fetus out of the birth canal.
What number is a high contraction?
The intensity of Braxton Hicks contractions varies between approximately 5-25 mm Hg (a measure of pressure). For comparison, during true labor the intensity of a contraction is between 40-60 mm Hg in the beginning of the active phase.
Which line shows contractions on monitor?
The top line shows the baby’s heartbeat. Certain patterns can show how your baby is handling labor. The bottom line shows your contractions. Comparing your baby’s heartbeat with your contractions shows how your baby is handling the labor.
What does Toco mean on contraction monitor?
The pressure-sensitive contraction transducer, called a tocodynamometer (toco), measures the tension of the maternal abdominal wall – an indirect measure of the intrauterine pressure.
What does Toco mean on pregnancy monitor?
How can you tell real contractions from fake ones?
So how do you know when your contractions are the “real thing?”
- False labor: contractions are often irregular and do not get closer together.
- True labor: contractions come at regular intervals and get closer together as time goes on. (Contractions last about 30 to 70 seconds.).
What is a normal contraction pattern?
In a normal labor, one contraction every two to three minutes or less than five contractions in a 10 minute period is ideal. A uterus must rest between contractions, having sufficient uterine resting tone (soft to the touch), and uterine resting time (about one minute).
How do you read a Toco contraction monitor?
When you’re looking at the screen, the fetal heart rate is usually on the top and the contractions at the bottom. When the machine prints out graph paper, you’ll see the fetal heart rate to the left and the contractions to the right. Sometimes it’s easier to read printouts by looking at them sideways.