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. And even if the stakes feel a little one-sided, Bartlett illustrates how denuded of compassion the term care” has become when preceded by the dread words duty of”. Contractions with a, da, di, in, and su are mandatory, but those with con and per are optional.
Tomorrow each one of my little darlings will get a chance to pop their balloon and read the words inside! I wouldn’t like to see two nights during a birth with good strong contractions. Understanding what an amazing job your body is doing while you’re having contractions may also help.
During my own study of this phenomenon I found that of 8 women whose births started with the water breaking at full moon, 5 of them had no accompanying contractions. 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.
Contractions during the third stage of labour detach the placenta so that it can be pushed out. Some women experience these prodromal labor contractions in the days or hours leading up to labor, while others are dealing with it for weeks (we’re not kidding!).
No one knows for exactly what triggers real labor contractions (and you’re likely more concerned with the when” than the why” anyway), but it’s believed that a combination of factors work together. Unlike the earlier painless and sporadic Braxton Hicks contractions, which caused no obvious cervical changes, these contractions may help your cervix thin out (efface) and maybe even open up (dilate) a bit.