The Sexton 5

No one wants to arrive at the hospital too early – or risk giving birth in the car. To figure out if the contractions you are feeling are the real thing, ask yourself the following questions. I wish people working with birthing women would start thinking more about the power of their words. Since contractions often last under a minute, it’s important to be able to time them to the second.

As your labour gets going, your contractions will usually get stronger, longer and closer together. The interval between contractions becomes shorter than that of previous stages. Contractions are extremely common in speech and fiction, quite common in magazines and newspapers, and less common in academic journals.

Some women sail through labor contractions not even knowing if they are even in labor, and others have the complete opposite experience. At exactly 41 weeks (Thursday) my water broke around 2 pm …

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