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what happens if i am having contractions but not dilating

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Monitor: They will monitor you and the baby and then decide if you will need an induction procedure done.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: It is normal if u are in early labor, once you are in active labor it may mean the baby is too large for you and it is not putting pressure on the ce ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cervix effaces/thins: The cervix is normally thick through most of pregnancy, and usually many uterine contractions and physiologic changes are required to thin it (especia ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
FALSE LABOR: This is not true labor but false labor and that can happen.You just have to wait till contractions become more strong and more frequent and tru labor ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
UTI: Cramping is a sign of premenstrual syndrome or of infection. You have a urinary tract infection or a cervical/uterine infection.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
35 years experience Family Medicine
Family practice : It could be intestinal spasms. Kidney stones , or an uti. See your dr if it persists.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michel
45 years experience Family Medicine
Not enough history.: Do you get spams or cramps when you have a period? This may be the case now. One other thing to consider is bowel spasm. Do you have irritable bowel? ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Pregnancy?: Take a test if you period delays.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Plummer
20 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Discharge is normal: Discharge during pregnancy is normal. Sometimes preterm labor is preceded with abnormal discharge. If you are feeling pelvic pressure or contractions, ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Friedman
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not necessarily: Contractions are just cramping of the muscle. The uterus may contract when a woman is not pregnant - menstrual cramps are "contractions" of the uterin ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
pelvic cramps: You need to be examined. You may have a pelvic infection, a std or other problem, or even a pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex. Call your doc ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Definitrly requires: Ob/gyn check-----period.
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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Depressed?: Maybe you do not like your partner, or might be depressed. Hormonal changes also might be a problem. See your pcp.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Braxton Hicks: I believe that the definition of braxton hicks is that these are contractions that are not effectively labor. They do not lead to dilation.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Braxton Hicks: Braxton Hicks contractions are mild cases of uterine contractions that can be felt by placing your hand on the abdomen and feeling tightening or firmn ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor ASAP: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and furthe ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
Not normal: Dry heaves and stomach pain is not normal but it most often is due to a viral gastroenteritis or food poisoning and not a complication of pregnancy. G ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Brown : Brown blood does not indicate a miscarriage. It is usually more prominent at the beginning or end of a menstrual cycle. Other times it may represent a ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Consider: Although could involve primary gastrointestinal issues at esophageal-gastric junction, a neurological explanation could be diaphragmatic myoclonus, or ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
To Labor &Delivery: Most of the time preterm contractions go away, but we also want to be safe and stop preterm labor early. Sometimes contractions will go away with rest ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
5 min apart : If you are consistently having regular contractions over time then you should be seen in labor and delivery to be evaluated for preterm labor.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unknown: To occasionally have a bit of spotting with intercourse may not mean anything bad. If it happens every time or if it is heavy then you should see you ... Read More
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