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Contraction Timers... are they worth it?

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1sttimer80 Thu 11-Sep-08 15:37:29

which one is the best. If not what's the best way to measure your contractions?

maretta Thu 11-Sep-08 15:40:12

I didn't know such a thing existed.

I would use a dh/birthing partner and a clock.

RhinestoneCowgirl Thu 11-Sep-08 15:42:24

Is this a product you can buy??? hmm

DH timed my contractions using the timer function on his phone. I asked him to do it discreetly as I didn't want obsessing over timings to put me off (watched pot and all that).

murphyslaw Thu 11-Sep-08 15:42:56

what a gimmick shock

boogeek Thu 11-Sep-08 15:46:19

There's an online one at that I used.

1sttimer80 Thu 11-Sep-08 15:50:57

ah great, thanks that is useful! I did see one in mothercare, and as I know I'll be over the place I know I won't wan tto be looking at the clock.

So exactly what is the best way of measuring the contractions, do you literally just measure the length of them and how far apart then are?

sorry for all the questions... first timer obviously and 37 weeks today so panicing a little bit!

boogeek Thu 11-Sep-08 15:55:29

Use the online one (I had my birthball in front of the pc, naturally blush) - you just hit a key when a contraction starts and again when it stops.
I needed it as I was completely convinced in my head that they were coming about every 10 minutes (I kept going oh that was a bit quick) - seeing <3 mins on screen convinced me that I probably should call my midwife!

ajm200 Thu 11-Sep-08 16:15:54

It's got to be better than my DH with his palmpilot and stopwatch. He kept getting in such a muddle and missed so many of the contractions because of gadget malfunctions that he was worse than useless... he was in such a panic at becoming a dad bless him

SilverSixpence Thu 11-Sep-08 16:58:43

the online one is great i used it in labour and same thing happened to me boogeek!

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