At some point, you are going to experience contractions. In the end, contractions are what causes the baby to be born (woohoo!). But to many, decoding the activity of that little baby-making muscle called the uterus is confusing, especially when it comes to the decoding the difference between the first two types of contractions below. […]Read more
We polled a few women to hear, in their own words, what different types of contractions feel like, from good old mild Braxton Hicks right up until those rumored “ring of fire” pushing contractions. Here’s what they told us.Read more
What have we learned after talking to hundreds of contraction-tracking moms? Well, "normal contractions" is a relative term. Every pregnancy is different! "Normal contractions" at each stage of pregnancy comes down to understanding what is “normal for you.” To get you one step closer to understanding your "normal", let's go over the basics...Read more
Once you hit the third trimester, things often get more intense. You might be more tired, more achy, and oh yes—experiencing more contractions. This common type of non-labor contraction is referred to as “Braxton Hicks” (named after the British doctor who first described them in 1872) contractions. Braxton Hicks are basically your run-of-the-mill, practice or […]Read more
Here you are at 38, 39, 40, maybe even 41 or 42 weeks pregnant. You’re emotional, excited, and ready to meet your baby. Let’s be honest—you’re probably also exhausted, uncomfortable and uber-tired of the endless trips to the bathroom. All you’ve got to do now is wait for labor to start… And while it seems […]Read more
What does a contraction feel like? What are the differences between Braxton Hicks contractions and labor contractions? Am I in labor?
We asked our favorite midwife, OB/GYN, birth doula, and birth educator to help us answer these questions and share their own birth stories.Read more
Has your baby oven been called names?
What does it mean to have an "irritable uterus" and where did this name even come from?Read more
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For those of us lucky enough to get acquainted with good ‘ol Braxton Hicks contractions nice and early in our pregnancy, we may notice that it feels like we get these pesky Braxton Hicks all day. Every. Damn. Day. Congratulations, you are totally normal! Whether you feel them or not, these non-labor inducing contractions can […]Read more
Why is there so much confusion around contractions and what they will feel like? Probably because everyone is different and only you know what you are feeling (or not feeling)! We're here to help.Read more
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