"I'd had a bit of pain, but I thought it was probably Braxton Hicks
(false labour), so we went along for the day.
Dehydration is one of the causes of Braxton Hicks
or so-called practice contractions, and it also can increase the incidence of dizzy spells and fainting, said Dr.
She initially dismissed her pains as 'practice contractions' -- known as Braxton Hicks
-- but she was, in fact, in early labour with baby Hugo, who is now four.
"We woke up and I had been having a lot of Braxton Hicks
contractions, so we weren't sure if I was really in labor or not," Krasselt said.
They thought it was Braxton Hicks
, or false contractions, but they soon realised something was wrong and rushed to James Cook University Hospital.
But she said she was told she was experiencing Braxton Hicks
contractions - which occur before the onset of labour - and was sent home.
"I was only 29 weeks and 4 days, so I just figured they were Braxton hicks
and decided to wait it out," she explained on Instagram.
"I had no idea what Braxton Hicks
were before having a baby.
My wife had had no twinges at that point and then she rang me at seven o'clock to say she had started to feel some contractions but wasn't sure whether they were Braxton Hicks
false ones or not.
We spent Sunday evening casually watching TV as I commented on the occasional Braxton Hicks
contraction, still completely painless and barely uncomfortable.
Sarah was told that she was experiencing Braxton Hicks
- a tightening of the muscles in the womb - and sent home.
CONTRACTIONS | Infrequent, they occur every five to 10 minutes a few times a day Not constant, don't last longer than a few seconds Severity depends on activity levels as the contractions stop when you slow down, sit down or change position Usually quite weak or strong in the beginning, getting weaker with time Felt mostly in the lower abdomen LABOUR CONTRACTIONS | Occur more regularly, usually two to three minutes apart Each one tends to last for about 30 to 90 seconds Remain consistent regardless of your activity level and position Cause a sharp pain | May begin in the abdomen, then moving toward the lower back or vice versa