Reading Your Body’s Signals

Your body starts preparing for labor in advance — as much as a month before you actually give birth. Unfortunately I had a recent visit from the lady of Bad Luck: 4 weeks ago today, I was a passenger of a taxi, and survived a 90mph head-on collision. Here’s a guide to what types of contractions you might experience, what they’ll feel like, and how to tell when it’s time to head to the hospital.

This worked well but I relaxed and contractions slowed down about 10-15mins getting rest and totally pissed off but surrendering to the fact that this labour was not the quick second birth I was hoping for. In my opinion contractions start out like regular menstrual cramps and progress to the worst menstrual cramps ever.

If you want to have an app to time contractions when you are in labor, I cannot recommend this one enough. …

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What Do Contractions Feel Like?

Labor contractions are the periodic tightening and relaxing of the uterine muscle, the largest muscle in a woman’s body. Words like can’t (can + not), don’t (do + not), and I’ve (I + have) are all contractions. The strength of uterine contractions increases over time, which can cause a gradual increase in labor pain. Unlike true labor contractions, Braxton-Hicks contractions are weak and do not occur at regular intervals.contractions

I will change out the words on the chalkboard and the banner to match whatever is hanging below. This is a little silly because English speakers have been using contractions for centuries—although not always the same ones we use today. We spent two weeks in the NICU grasping at any progress he made and at first he continued to surprise the doctors by even making any progress.contractions

Time your contractions and take note of any other symptoms you’re experiencing so you …

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