Just after the middle of your pregnancy, or earlier, you may notice the muscles of your uterus (womb) tightening. I also made the same experience during my two births: contractions until the end not something you could call birthcontractions” – lasting 10-15 seconds at the most, but giving me almost no break coming every minute or even less. My husband took the first two weeks off to watch me. I feel like I don’t even want to call my family or friends because they are all hoping I’m calling them to tell them I’ve had the baby.
Though there are many signs that you’re in labor, one of the most reliable is when you start experiencing consistent contractions. The pain of contractions is usually a sign that your body is doing the right thing. However, without you realising, your uterus has been contracting gently on and off since about seven weeks (Murray and Hassall 2009:191).
While there are many things you need medical professionals for (we don’t advocate DIY ultrasounds, for example), you can perform a self-test to see if you’re feeling true contractions: Lie down and place a hand on your uterus. Changing your position can help ease these frequent Braxton Hicks contractions.
One student had two words and the other had the contraction that the two words made. These annoying contractions condition the uterus, and prepare the cervix for dilation and effacement. Also note that, unlike normal contractions, we do not usually use apostrophes (‘) with informal contractions when written.
Here’s a guide to what types of contractions you might experience, what they’ll feel like, and how to tell when it’s time to head to the hospital. Informal contractions are short forms of other words that people use when speaking casually. And hoping to make it to more than 20 weeks so the doctors might help me more and eventually give me some meds for those contractions!