The definition overlaps with the grammatical term portmanteau (a linguistic blend ), but a distinction can be made between a portmanteau and a contraction by noting that contractions are formed from words that would otherwise appear together in sequence, such as do and not, whereas a portmanteau word is formed by combining two or more existing words that all relate to a singular concept which the portmanteau describes. Your midwife will measure the progress of your labour for you by gently examining your cervix and telling you how open it is. The medical definition of when the first stage of labour has begun is when your cervix has dilated or opened to 3cms and your contractions are regular and strong.contractions

At 37 weeks we asked for an ultrasound to see what position the baby was in. We had an appointment that day with our midwife S. and she was fairly certain baby was breech, but we wanted to see for sure since just days ago a different midwife thought he was head down.

The DEM thought that I needed a rest at about the 30 hour mark (my hubby’s estimate- I was living out of time as we know it at this point…). She suggested that taking a benadryl would help me nap, and a drink would relax the uterine muscles and make the contractions space farther apart and lessen in severity.contractions

My 2nd suggestion, since this app does eat a pretty hefty amount of battery, would be an option to sync the information with another phone so that the contractions can be timed by mom-to-be or a support person depending on which phone has the most charge.

I’m sure you can imagine my heartache when after 2 hours of being catheterized (and on forced oxygen, unable to move my legs because of fluid retention, and no pain meds), the nurse proclaimed to my husband and doula that my contractions were no where near sufficient enough, judging by the monitor’s print out.contractions