|Woman with Contractions and Parrot © Richard Ansett|
If you're feeling apprehensive about contractions, try to focus on what an amazing job your body is doing while you're going through them.
Your uterus (womb) has a powerfully muscular wall that tightens and then relaxes to ease your baby gradually down through your cervix and vagina. If you put your hand on your belly during a contraction, you may feel your uterus harden as the muscle contracts.
This tightening and relaxing means that you'll probably feel contractions as wave-like, building in intensity to a peak, before fading.