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A 24-year-old female asked:

31 weeks pregnant, 2nd baby. sharp pains up in vagina, come and go. dilating/effacing maybe?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Vaginal pains: You should contact your OB to report this and see about an examination . This may be some contractions of the uterus that come and go before actual delivery time. These are called braxton hicks or false labor pains and if that is the case then they are not painful. Be sure to call your doctor.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Might be--call, go: Pain in the uterus at any point in pregnancy should be reported. The lowest part of the uterus, cervix extends into vagina, and sometimes "vaginal" pain can be dilating or contracting, even early in pregnancy. A pregnant woman feeling pain, whether constant or intermittent, should notify OB on call (no matter what time of day or night) and agree to evaluation on labor & delivery if over 20wks esp.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Thank you Dr. Yoder, for the additional information. I always learn so much from your comments. Isn't it unusual that the patient would ask for help on HealthTap instead of just placing a call to her doctor?
Nov 30, 2011
Last updated Aug 31, 2016


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