This week our first grade team analyzed some Fountas and Pinnell level G books to figure out what needed to be taught in reading to help our students get to that level. Of course, learning contractions is particularly important for ESL students and speakers of foreign languages who will hear spoken contractions often and will need to be able to both recognize and reproduce them in writing as well as not confuse contractions and possessives.
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.
Try to think of Braxton Hicks as practice contractions that help you to rehearse the breathing exercises you’ll learn in your antenatal class Try concentrating on your out-breath when you have a Braxton Hicks contraction, breathing out long and slow.
This is called transition, because it marks the end of the first stage and the beginning of the second stage of labour During the second stage your baby will be born, usually through a combination of contractions and your pushing, which moves your baby down your vagina and out into the world.
While there’s no need to time yourself like Olympian Usain Bolt in a 100-meter dash, you or your partner do want to start noting how long the contractions last and the length of the time between them (measured from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next).