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Notes On Contractions In English

Preterm birth is when the birth of the baby occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. The contractions of the second stage of labour have a different feel to them because they have a different purpose. In the last few weeks of pregnancy, your cervix may start to get shorter and stretchier (Baker and Kenny 2011:192, Simkin and Ancheta 2011, Walsh 2004:430), ready to dilate and make way for your baby.contractions

It is probably true to say that informal contractions are more common in American English. Each time contractions seem stronger or more regular, I get my hopes up, and I am crushed. When I go to the store, I ride around in one of those motorized scooters because the walking around starts contractions.contractions

However, understanding the difference between these two words is crucial for successful communication. Thinking of what is more painful – the contractions or childbirth itself is …