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Give it to me straight: What do contractions really feel like?









Guys, there is so much to look forward to about pregnancy and birth: The adorable socks, that thing babies do when they grab your finger, and, you know finally getting that other living thing out of your stomach.

But wait…that requires actually pushing something the size of a watermelon out of your vagina (*cringe*). How the heck is that supposed to happen, you ask? Contractions. Here’s the lowdown on those ever-so-helpful (but ultimately painful) baby-pusher-outers.

I need a refresher: What are contractions?

“A contraction is just a squeezing of a muscle,” says Dr John Thoppil, an gynae at River Place OB/GYN and an assistant professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine.

When you’re having a baby, that muscle in question is your uterus – and the harder that muscle squeezes, the more it hurts, says Dr Thoppil.

That muscle is

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Pumpkin carving ideas and advice straight from an expert

From Good Housekeeping

You might think you know how to carve a Halloween pumpkin but actually, there are a lot of handy tips and tricks that could level up your results and make the whole process a lot easier.

After reading this guide there’ll be no more pumpkin envy looking at your neighbour’s picture perfect doorstep display, while your lopsided and wilting lantern is being side-eyed by the kids.

To pull together everything you need to know for jaw-dropping pumpkins, from how to pick them to how to preserve them, Good Housekeeping enlisted the help of Natasha Guidon, of carving service YEG Pumpkins.

Natasha is a pumpkin carving enthusiast who turned her love of carving into a seasonal business – carving for brands, hotels, venues and private customers.

While you might not be quite ready to take on designs as intricate as Natasha’s, we’ve asked her what the novice carver

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