First Stage

Preterm birth is when the birth of the baby occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. If the contractions are random and do not seem to be getting longer and the span between them is not shortening, she is probably not in labor. This started in the middle of night and each time I had a contraction the back pain woke me up. At the time I didn’t know if I was in labor or not, as I had been contracting lightly for weeks. You’ll probably feel each contraction as a wave-like cramping that builds in intensity to a peak, before fading away again.

Other contractions were common in writing until the 17th century, the most usual being de + personal and demonstrative pronouns: destas for de estas (of these, fem.), daquel for de aquel (of that, masc.), dél for de él (of him) etc.; and the feminine article before words beginning with a-: l’alma for la alma, now el alma (the soul). For a while I was trying to decide why some words deserve apostrophes, and others don’t, but I think I finally figured it out: he puts apostrophe’s for contractions of words + had, but not words + not.contractions

Contractions are intermittent, with a valuable rest period for you, your baby, and your uterus following each one. If these are true Braxton Hick contractions and they are not premature labor then they are inlikely to affect the baby. It’s easy to confuse ‘pre-labour’ signs (like Braxton-Hicks contractions) with the real thing. I know they feel uncomfortable, but there a few ways to make you feel more at ease.

I would describe the contractions as uncomfortable for hours before it finally registered with me. It also kind of feels like you need to have a bowel movement. Many mothers describe contractions that occur in early labor as similar to menstrual cramps, or as severe gas pains, which may be confused with flu symptoms or intestinal disorders. They’re, their and there are also quite commonly confused words among students who are learning about contractions.contractions

In your later pregnancy, If you haven’t come on to your 37th week yet and are experiencing Braxton-hicks contractions or what you think to be Braxton-hicks four or more times in a given hour you should call your doctor or midwife as soon as possible. The good new is that I am 31 weeks tomorrow, and every second baby is warm inside is another day towards safety.contractions