Contrary to popular belief, the uterus does not contract during a contraction, it expands! Understanding how the uterus works through each surge can help you work better with your own body. Since the uterus needs to be relaxed in order to expand and make room for the baby, you too need to relax to make sure this process works easily and (fingers crossed) quickly. This simple infographic depicts how the uterus functions through each contraction.

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