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Contractions (pregnancy) - Definition


Contractions during pregnancy are spasms of the uterus that harden the belly. Pregnant women may feel some contractions during pregnancy. They are usually not painful, infrequent, and isolated. They may be due to fatigue or working too hard. In case of too frequent or regular contractions, rest, sometimes accompanied by an anti-spasmodic treatment may be useful. Before delivery, the contractions will become more painful, closer together, and persistent; a gynecological examination can identify the changes in the cervix which mark the beginning of the birthing process.