Prodromal labor is the medical term for ‘false labor’ but that doesn’t mean it’s not real labor. In fact false labor is a bad term for it, because it’s real labor but for one of a variety of reasons, it’s not progressing. It is real labor in terms of pain and contractions, but then it stops for the day and starts again the next day.
Some women can experience prodromal labor that lasts anywhere from a few days through to a month or more.
Signs of prodromal labor:
- You’re experiencing regular contractions but they do not dilate or efface the cervix.
- Contractions peak at a certain time of day, slow down then peak again the next day.
- Labor seems to start at night and then stop in the daytime or vice versa.
Causes of prodromal labor:
Although there are no absolutely proven causes of prodromal labor, these things may lead to an extended labor and possibly, prodromal labor.1 | 2 | 3