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How to Time Contractions


What you will need to time contractions:

  • A watch or clock with a second hand
  • A pregnant woman having contractions

How to time contractions:

When the stomach begins to harden this is the beginning of a contraction. You can either feel this with your hand, have the woman tell you, or have a special signal (cleansing breath, hand squeeze). Write this time down, when the next contraction begins write that down too. The time from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction is how far apart the contractions are.

How long your contractions last is from the beginning of a contraction, until the end of a contraction.

Good luck and happy birthing!


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