From the types of contractions you may experience during pregnancy to when to call your practitioner, here’s the 101 on the all-important spasms that bring your baby to your arms. Some contractions in rapid speech include ~っす (-ssu) for です (desu) and すいません (suimasen) for すみません (sumimasen). It’s important to start timing your contractions once they get going – when you call the hospital, one of the first things your midwife will ask is how often you are contracting.

It’s also true that contractions during different stages of childbirth have different feelings; as the baby’s head presses down, most women will experience strong pressure in the rectal area, as though they need to use the bathroom. As labor progresses, your contractions become more frequent and regular, so timing them is a good way to figure out when it’s time to head to the hospital.

In fact, there were even contractions before the 1600s, but at that time they usually weren’t indicated with an apostrophe, because the apostrophe was still a recent invention. Be forewarned though, food will not taste the same for as long as four weeks after surgery.

When you call your health care provider or hospital, you will need to give information about the duration and frequency of your contractions and about how long this has been the pattern. I had mild to what I thought were strong contractions all afternoon 30-20 mins apart then some came 5-10.. It was in clusters then far apart.contractions

We put on the birth CD my friend had burnt for us. The water made contractions so much more manageable, Stava was in there with me sometimes I would lean on him sometimes I grip the sides of the tub and stretch out. The contractions weren’t strong enough for me to really need relief yet, and probably were only lasting 30-45 seconds, but I hopped in the shower anyway.contractionscontractions