Our bodies are capable of amazing things. During pregnancy, in just the first ten weeks, our uterus makes space for a cluster of cells to grow into a tiny human the size of a Golden Snitch. To support baby’s growth and development, our body will make an entirely new organ, the placenta. But the amazing […]Read more
There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we.” – Ina May Gasken Let’s talk about the uterus. All of us lived inside one at some point of our lives. Many of us have the great luck to use ours to […]Read more
Have you had a sneaking suspicion that your contractions get worse at night? Maybe it feels like your pregnant body just wants to find another way to wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven’t felt them but wake up on feeling like you just ran a marathon. If you fall […]Read more
Is the "nocturnal surge" actually a thing? Can we use it to predict labor? We can answer these questions!Read more
When I was on bed rest, I wanted to see how much I could control my contractions by controlling my mental state each day. Could I directly tie my contraction frequency to the stress and anxiety I experienced? I started to study the patterns and quickly realized that I did have more control than I thought.Read more
Will you recognize the early signs of labor? In collaboration with Lamaze Childbirth Educators, our Tip Sheet, Recognizing the Signs of Labor breaks down the clues for every stage: signs that your body is preparing for labor, signs that labor will start soon, signs that labor has started and those for when baby is on […]Read more
Our modern bodies continue to maintain a nocturnal birth rhythm. But are we messing with the natural rhythm by basking in unnatural light in the middle of labor? Why night-time labor could stall when you reach the hospital and what you can do about it.Read more
There is one simple difference between Braxton Hicks and labor contractions: the end result. Have a baby? Those were labor contractions. No baby? Braxton Hicks. Ok, that’s not very helpful if you are trying to tell the two apart without a crystal ball on hand. But you can use a few tricks to tell Braxton […]Read more
Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean - are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR?! Don't panic, we'll go over all the things you need to know to time and track contractions and figure out what it all means.Read more
What are contractions? Contractions are a normal part of pregnancy and occur when the uterine muscle tightens and flexes, just like flexing any other muscle. In the end, uterine muscle contractions are what will help you in labor, pushing your baby down the birth canal and out into the world (woohoo!). But to many, decoding […]Read more
What are Braxton Hicks contractions? Braxton Hicks contractions are basically your run-of-the-mill, practice or “warm-up” contractions. Their job is to get your uterine muscle ready for labor. Braxton Hicks are also called non-labor contractions because they don’t directly lead to labor. Unlike true labor contractions, Braxton Hicks don’t dilate the cervix or cause the birth […]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
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