false labor

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Noun1.false labor - painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
contraction, muscle contraction, muscular contraction - (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
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The cat may experience false labor contractions, and she will start actively looking for a place to give birth and nest.
Professor Stephen Lye said that it will help in properly attending the pregnant women who actually needs the appropriate medical care while women in false labor will receive supportive care and be discharged and it will avoid unnecessarily hospitalization of women.
Frisch explained that a young pregnant woman recently came in to seek help for what turned out to be false labor.
Cavallari, 25, called her doctor soon after, but the physician explained that it was a false labor.
Days before, she had experienced false labor and felt disappointed when she had to go to an old single-story hospital on Lyons Avenue and Wiley Canyon Road because Newhall Memorial wasn't open.