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what exactly are contractions?

i know there painful lol everyone says just wondering what causes them.i know it your cervix stretching, your uterus expanding.can some1 explain it ..thanx


Asked by Anonymous at 12:17 AM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Pregnancy

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Answers (5)
  • The uterus and cervix are 2 different things, but they work together.

    The uterus is one big muscle basically. It a bag of 3 layers of muscle tissue working together to expel things. When you have your period it works to expel the uterine lining (blood) and the muscles contracting is what causes the "cramps."

    In pregnancy & labor it's essentially the same thing. During pregnancy it works to tone itself to prepare for labor (braxton hicks contractions). Once your baby is ready to be born a hormone (oxytocin) will be released into your body that signals the contractions to start. The muscles will begin to pull the cervix open and up into the lower part of your uterus. They also work to push the baby down towards the birth canal once the dilation is complete. As labor progresses the muscle works harder and causes more intense feelings. Not necessarily painful. There are ways to lessen & even STOP pain. (con't)

    Answer by NDFanatik at 5:05 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • u wud feel ur whole stomach get tight,and a pain u never felt before cuz u never had ur uterus tighten,so u wud deff know lol
    i forgot the whole medical explanation,but its like really bad tightening going from sides to middle of abdomen,or similar to it.good luck!

    Answer by mamacita4two at 12:18 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • im pretty sure it's the tightening of your uterus. it's not so painful at first, but definitely gets worse.

    Answer by NOLAmommaKRYS at 12:21 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • I think the tightening is to help the baby move down and 'want' to come out. It definately is an indescribeable pain... one that you wish you could explain to other people (especially the baby's father) but can't. It hurts- drugs help- the pain is worth it. And very good when it is over:)

    Answer by bloomsr at 12:32 AM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Once you are fully dilated (the muscles have pulled the cervix back completely), the uterus will begin to apply roughly 35lbs of pressure with each contraction (thus why more women say the pushing stage is the most intense part). Sometimes that is enough meaning the mother will have little to no work to do, but often the mother also has to push to help aid the uterus.

    And that is pretty much the contractions and how they work. Hope that helped :)

    Answer by NDFanatik at 5:08 PM on Aug. 13, 2009