Contraction

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Contraction

In a business cycle, the time between the peak and the bottom. That is, a contraction occurs between the end of economic growth and the end of the subsequent recession. Contractions are characterized by layoffs, a decline in GDP, and other negative factors. However, historically, contractions have tended not to last as long as expansions.
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Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular, usually painless uterine contractions that tend to occur from around the middle of your pregnancy and increase in frequency as your due date nears.
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