Something Like A Mother

First we contract — and then we grow.

Megan Minutillo

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Photo by Liv Bruce on Unsplash

When people talk about labor and delivery, “contraction” is a word that will often come up. Women will recall how bad their contractions were, how frequent they were, or sometimes even marvel at how they seemed to have blocked out all the pain.

In regards to pregnancy, a contraction is when the muscles of your uterus tighten up like a

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Megan Minutillo

Essayist, poet, and theatre producer. I write stories about self-awareness, IVF, and finding your footing in life’s messy moments. Instagram: @meganminutillo.