Bryn Alexandra

A contraction refers specifically to the motion of the uterus 3 as part of the process of childbirth Contractions, and labour in general, is one condition that releases the hormone oxytocin into the body. Contractions are extremely common in English, particularly in the spoken language. Your midwife will probably advise you to stay at home until your contractions become frequent. In fact, if this is your first baby, most physicians or midwives suggest you stay in the comfort of your home until the contractions have reached five-minute intervals.

Several sets of demonstrative pronouns originated as contractions of aquí (here) + pronoun, or pronoun + otro/a (other): aqueste, aqueso, estotro etc. Thanks for stimulating my thoughts because like you I have found that palpation of a uterus a poor way of assessing the adequacy/strength of contractions and agree with much of your comments in this blog.

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