English Vocabulary & Grammar

WARNING: Regular contractions before 37 weeks (more than 3 weeks before your due date) are premature and not normal. During the ‘transition stage’ dilation of the cervix reaches as wide as 10 centimeters and frequency of contractions rises to as close as every two to three minutes. Spanish has two mandatory phonetic contractions between prepositions and articles: al (to the) for a el, and del (of the) for de el (not to be confused with a él, meaning to him, and de él, meaning his or, more literally, of him). I searched COCA for 77 contractions and their spelt-out counterparts (there are others, but life is short).contractions

Real contractions tend to start weak, perhaps feeling like period pain, then grow in frequency and intensity. It was right around dinner time that I started tracking contractions on my handy contraction tracker app After about an hour of tracking I called my …

The English Language Is Crazy

Noel has been on a big Cormac McCarthy kick lately, and has been hinting, with an increasingly wounded attitude, that I ought to give him a shot. Active labor (the time you should come into the hospital) is usually characterized by strong contractions that last 45 to 60 seconds and occur three to four minutes apart. The time between contractions includes the length or duration of the contraction and the minutes in between the contractions (called the interval). A true labor contraction occurs every 15 to 20 minutes and usually lasts for 60 to 90 seconds.contractions

Report any contractions to your doctor or midwife so she can determine what’s happening. Change the position you are in. Try to find a position in which you feel comfortable. Don’t feel guilty about waking your doctor (people who deliver babies for a living don’t expect to work only 9 to 5). And don’t …