Only definite articles contract with à and de. The direct object pronouns le and les do not contract. As your labour gets going, your contractions will usually get stronger, longer and closer together. Listen to yourself next time you speak and you’ll (you will) notice that there are many words that we say without giving much thought to how they’d (they would) be written – if we were to write every word we spoke.
It’s possible to feel Braxton Hicks contractions as early as 16 weeks (Shepherd et al 2004:238). A word produced by running two or more words together and leaving out some of the letters or sounds. Most times, the contractions are constant and consistent, happening every three to five minutes.
Unlike true labor, Braxton-Hicks contractions are unpredictable, do not occur at regular intervals, and do not become more intense over time. These are not the normally occurring braxton hicks I’ve been getting since 20 weeks along. However, without you realising, your uterus has been contracting gently on and off since about seven weeks (Murray and Hassall 2009:191).
Note: An apostrophe is generally used in contractions to show where letters or sounds have been left out. Visualize what the contractions are accomplishing, the thinning and opening of the cervix and the pushing of the baby downward. Contractions are extremely common in speech and fiction, quite common in magazines and newspapers, and less common in academic journals.
Describe the difference you experienced between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor. An example is a series of three contractions lasting between 30 and 45 seconds and coming 10, seven and then 15 minutes apart. As your contractions lengthen, the peak will also lengthen so that you have to pace yourself through a longer period of intense cramping or aching before it starts to fade.