These contractions also known as false labor are actually something that is called sporadic uterine contractions. In contrast to the contractions of true labor, Braxton-Hicks contractions do not occur at regular intervals, do not get stronger over time, and do not last longer over time. The NHS also advises, when you are around 36 weeks pregnant , to make sure you have all your important telephone numbers handy in case labour starts.
If you’re feeling apprehensive about contractions and how you’re going to cope with them, remember that your midwife will be there to help. I just got back from the hospital tonight after having contractions every 4 minutes (sometimes longer, sometimes shorter) for 3 hours.
It was fun and I think my students are developing a very strong understanding of contractions. When writing dialogue in a novel or play, contractions help reflect how a character actually speaks. I have to also give credit to Brian P. Cleary, the author of the children’s book series Words Are CATegorical.
For a list of words relating to Contractions, see the English contractions category of words in Wiktionary , the free dictionary. The interval between contractions becomes shorter than that of previous stages. Since I’m trying to make this document seem chatty rather than intimidating, I’ve been using a few contractions here and there, though not as many as I might have used.
The ‘s / ‘re not contractions are more common after pronouns: The cakes aren’t ready yet. The time intervals between contractions gradually decrease and the pain increases. If you’re not sure that you’re in real labor but the contractions are coming pretty regularly, call anyway.