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During a recent business interview I came across a very fascinating concept that I’m certain most writers and editors would catch. Your midwife will measure the progress of your labour for you by gently examining your cervix and telling you how open it is. The medical definition of when the first stage of labour has begun is when your cervix has dilated or opened to 3cms and your contractions are regular and strong.
On the blog Giving Birth with Confidence , women share their experiences with how contractions in active labor feel. Contractions usually start in the lower back and move to the front of the abdomen. Prelabour is when Braxton Hicks contractions may come more rhythmically, perhaps every 10 minutes to 20 minutes in late pregnancy (Murray and Hassall 2009:191).
Still, half the apostrophes we use have a legitimate function: they indicate where letters are missing in contractions. As your contractions lengthen, the peak will also lengthen so that you have to pace yourself through a longer period of intense cramping or aching before it starts to fade.
Some other simplified pronunciations of common word groups, which can equally be described as cases of elision, may also be considered (non-standard) contractions (not enshrined into the written standard language, but frequently expressed in written form anyway), such as wanna for want to, gonna for going to, y’all for you all, ya’ll for ya all in the South, and others common in colloquial speech.
I wish people working with birthing women would start thinking more about the power of their words. Secondly, the cervix only shows us one piece of the picture – contractions may have done a fantastic job of rotating a baby and moving him down but not opened the cervix much (eg.