Contraction timer apps (also called contraction trackers) help you keep track of the length of your contractions, how many you are having and the time interval between them. This helps to keep a record of your contractions. It's to help you gauge how quickly labour is progressing, which will help you determine when to seek help. Some contraction trackers alert you when it’s time to head to the hospital.
Always use contraction timer apps with caution
|Be careful when using contraction timer apps.
|Everyone’s labour is different. Contraction timer apps are only a guide. The apps can be helpful and provide general guidance but it is important to use your own judgment and not just rely on what the app says.
Ring your lead maternity carer (LMC) if the following happens:
- Your contractions are coming every five minutes, lasting longer than 50 seconds and have been getting stronger. For some women this stage can last hours but for others, particularly those have second or later babies, it can be quick. If you are unsure, phone your LMC.
- Your waters have broken and the fluid is clear or has a tinge of pink. If you are not sure if your waters have broken, put on a sanitary pad and check it after an hour. If it is wet, phone your LMC.
- If there is a change in the pattern of your baby's movements.
Ring your lead maternity carer (LMC) urgently if the following happens:
- You have severe or constant abdominal pain with a tight abdomen.
- Your waters have broken and the fluid is green or brown.
- You notice any vaginal bleeding – bright red vaginal bleeding is not normal in pregnancy.
Learn more about the first stage of labour(external link) and the stages of labour(external link).
Here are a few contraction timer apps reviewed by Healthify