Confusing Contractions

Often, I get phone calls asking if I can help figure out a confusing contraction pattern. Childbirth books and pamphlets sometimes indicate that “real labor contractions” will start a certain way, feel a certain way, be spaced a certain length apart and last a certain length of time. But the mom’s body is not a machine and each labor has its own pattern.To help explain the different ways contractions can present themselves, I wrote an article called “Making Sense of Contractions.” In it, I talk about contractions that act “just like the books say,” contractions that cause labors to go fast or slow, contractions felt only in the back and contractions that are just plain confusing.

It’s not an exhaustive list, by any means, but I hope it gives you a good start on understanding the different ways contractions can act, what sometimes causes the different patterns and how it affects the labor process.

About Julie

Hi, I'm a Southern girl who has loved the birthin' scene for over 25 years! I'm a CAPPA certified childbirth educator, a DONA certified doula, an ALPP certified lactation counselor and a Healthy Moms Fitness certified perinatal fitness instructor. I consider it a blessing and an honor to work with and serve pregnant women and new moms, and I would love to help you feel more informed and comfortable about your pregnancy, birth or postpartum.
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