A shortened form of a word or group of words, with the omitted letters often replaced in written English by an apostrophe, as e’er for ever, isn’t for is not, dep’t for department. These contractions usually aren’t painful and almost always stop after an hour or so. Although all women have Braxton-Hicks, not all women feel them, particularly if it’s a first pregnancy. Contractions are often described as a cramping or tightening sensation that starts in the back and moves around to the front in a wave-like manner. There is no cure for Braxton Hicks contractions as they are a natural process of pregnancy. I breathed through the continuing contractions in the shower, but they weren’t so bad with the music/hot water combo. It’s clear that contractions were in use well before the regency – look at Shakespeare.contractions

If you feel as if you are having too many of these kinds of contractions, start to monitor yourself and tracking the contractions. After they gave it to me, I was 8.5 cm dilated, but I wouldn’t reach 10 cm and start pushing until 3:00 pm. Although I was numb, I could still feel pressure and knew when I was contracting, which helped a lot with the pushing.contractionscontractions

These hormonal changes in turn pave the way for the work of prostaglandins and oxytocin, substances that trigger contractions and when all systems are go”. Note that shan’t and won’t have only one apostrophe each although words are left out in more than one place. I was due in two days and have been experiencing back pains and regular contractions for about two weeks.

However, if you are too worried or your doctor decides that maybe these contractions can lead to premature delivery, as the test is monitoring of the fetus by measuring the contractions and the following the baby’s heartbeat. If the contractions do not last for long and the interval between each one is long enough (20-30 minutes) the childbirth is not likely to happen soon. At first, this practice may not even be noticeable to mom, but as time goes on and the baby grows larger, the contractions will get stronger.

The first thing to be sure of is that these are not Braxton Hicks , which feel like period pains and will come and go, or contractions, where the pain will get more intense and for longer as time goes on. Remember you don’t always have to go to hospital as soon as the contractions start – established labour is usually when you have three, one-minute contractions in the space of 10 minutes.