What does a contraction feel like

What does a contraction feel like

What does a contraction feel like

The years have been kind to the "to" in "to be". Now, there's a whole bunch of these little words, and not all of them have a to in them. "Will" and "can" are the prime exemplars of this sensibly changed state of affairs.Labor is another word for your body’s natural process of childbirth. It starts with your first steady contractions and goes through the delivery of both your baby and placenta.It may be hard to recognize a contraction, especially with your first baby. Many women have what feels like menstrual cramps in the lower abdomen. They may stay the same or they may come and go. You might also have pain in your lower back that either stays or comes and goes.


Before "true" labor begins, you may have "false" labor pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions. These irregular uterine contractions are perfectly normal and may start to occur in your second trimester, although more commonly in your third trimester of pregnancy. They are your body's way of getting ready for the "real thing."

Mild contractions generally begin 15 to 20 minutes apart and last 60 to 90 seconds. The contractions become more regular until they are less than 5 minutes apart. Active labor (the time you should come into the hospital) is usually characterized by strong contractions that last 45 to 60 seconds and occur 3 to 4 minutes apart.(Source:www.webmd.com)


After your baby is born, you will continue to have contractions. Initially, these contractions will work to expel the placenta. The period between the delivery of your baby and the delivery of the placenta is known as the third stage of labor. But even after the placenta is delivered, you will have contractions in the postpartum period. These contractions work to bring your uterus down to its pre-pregnancy size.

Even if you didn’t know much about pregnancy and birth when you conceived, you're no doubt familiar with contractions — your body's uncomfortable but essential means of pushing your baby down the birth canal and out into the world.(Source:www.whattoexpect.com)






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