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About Contraction Timer


Contraction timer is designed to help expectant mothers and their partners accurately and easily time contractions and there frequency. This is a feature rich free site, we recommend you register best results and set your setting to suite your situation.

The site allows you to simultaneously and easily with one click of the mouse or the space bar to time the length of a contraction, the frequency of the contractions (the time from the start of a contraction to the start of the next contraction) and the interval of contractions (the time from the end of a contraction and the start of the next contraction). These times are displayed in a clear and simple format, with average readings being displayed separately from last readings

Once you are in labour most hospitals and midwifes will ask you time the length of the contractions and the frequency. This information, coupled with any patient specific information helps them determine when you should either go to hospital or your midwife should come.

All content within ContractionTimer.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional.


FAQ's

Average Readings

Average reading can be selected over either various periods of time (either 60, 30 or 15 minutes) or over the last number reading (either 3, 5 or 10 readings). They show the average of the following:

Contraction: The length of contraction
Frequency: The length of time from start of a contraction to the start of the next.
Interval: The length of time from the end of a contraction to the start of the next.
Intensity: (you must create an account and login to use this feature) Measures the intensity of a contraction on a scale of 1 – 10.

Reset options: You have many delete options, allowing you to reset Contraction Timer to the most accurate and up to date information, all readings are only as good as the information entered. If it has been a long time between readings or you feel a large number of the readings are in accurate you need to re-set accordingly.


Status Bar

This information is only a guide and should be used in conjunction with specific medical advice from your health care professional or maternity ward.

The status bar is a visual representation showing the current length of average contractions and frequency, against how far you need to go before you consider going to hospital or call the midwife in.

It has 3 commonly used preset settings:

5min – 60 sec: This is the most commonly used NHS guide time, requiring a contraction length of 60 seconds, at a frequency of 5 minutes apart. Your distance from the hospital should be taken into account.

Target times
Contraction: 60 seconds
Frequency: 5 minutes

4:1:1 rule: This guide is used when you want to know when you are having contractions that are 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 minutes long , for more than an 1 hour .

Target times
Contraction: 60 seconds
Frequency: 4 minutes

3 in 10 rule: This guide is used when you want to know when you are having 3 contractions of 1min in 10 minutes apart .

Target times
Contraction: 60 seconds
Frequency: 3.5 minutes


Latest Readings

This is the most important part of the process as all readings are only as good as the information entered. This section will display individual readings as they are entered via the start/stop button and allows you to delete inaccurate data and confirm readings for a more accurate assessment of your progress. You should delete any reading that you feel may not be 100% accurate and reset using “Reset options” under “Average Readings” where appropriate.

Confirm readings:

We recommend you select “yes” to confirming readings, this makes the chance of inaccurate readings less likely. Only allowing readings to be included in the average readings if they have been specifically confirmed.

Warning messages:

If a contraction is timed at more than 90 seconds a warning message appears giving the option to delete that entry.

If the length of time between contractions is more than 30 minutes a warning message appears giving the option to delete that entry


Graphs

Once you have 3 readings or more you can plot the readings on graphs for contractions and frequency. This can give you an indication how you are progressing.