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What Maternity Nurses Wish You Knew About Pregnancy

2. Know Your Contractions
“A contraction is going to feel like a menstrual cramp but more severe, with tightening across your abdomen. It isn’t considered a true contraction unless it’s 40 seconds in duration,” says Laura.

These are different from Braxton Hicks which are more “practice contractions” that your body does, and aren’t true labor.