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. Record other information about the contraction, such as where the pain began, what it felt like, and so on. This could be useful as the contractions continue and you begin to notice patterns.contractions

While this pressure is technically not related to the labor contractions, but to the baby’s positioning, it occurs during a stage of labor when contractions can be so close together that the rectal pressure is experienced as part of a contraction. Traditionally women have used the 5-1-1 rule; that is, when contractions come every 5 minutes, each lasting a full minute, and have been that way for an hour.contractions

During pregnancy, these painless tightenings are called Braxton Hicks contractions. Using contractions in your writing often sounds more natural, especially if you are writing dialogue and want the conversation to sound real. Our nurse Tiffany was amazing… we started the Pitocin a little after 6am and I started feeling contractions sometime around 8am.contractions