If you’re a first-time mom, you might be nearing your delivery day with some anxiety. If contractions come regularly every 10 minutes or less rather than intermittently, you may be in preterm labor. In contrast, Braxton-Hicks contractions do not increase in severity over time and are not associated with any change in consistency of the uterus.

Daily calf stretches for a couple weeks followed by weeks of daily squatting would show the effectiveness of the calf stretch in the big picture, but an immediate effectiveness is less likely to occur. It can be difficult to determine if contractions mean your baby is on the way or if your uterus is simply practicing.contractions

I searched COCA for 77 contractions and their spelt-out counterparts (there are others, but life is short). Probably the most memorable/unusual was a woman having her first baby and contractions were never more than 10-7 mins apart. Persistent contractions that have no rhythm but are five-to-seven minutes apart or less should be reported to your physician or midwife.contractionscontractions

Report any contractions to your doctor or midwife so she can determine what’s happening. We were given a list of things we could do to try to help the baby turn including homeopathic remedies, the pelvic tilt exercise, chiropractic care, and swimming. A contraction is a shortened form of a word (or group of words) that omits certain letters or sounds.

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. You may need to change positions with each of the first few contractions to see what works best for you.