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Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Painful contractions?

What is the definition or description of: Painful contractions?

In reference to what: Need to be specific...Uterine during pregnancy, gall bladder, bowel, bladder, prostate. Essentially it is what it sounds like when the muscle contract in an organ they can be painful. Circumstances dictate the severity. ...Read more

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I've been having irregular but painful contractions for 2 days now and i'm tired of going to l&d. What does it mean?

I've been having irregular but painful contractions for 2 days now and i'm tired of going to l&d. What does it mean?

Consult Ob/Gyn: At term, you are getting close to labor when contractions are frequent and painful. I you are intolerant of the pain, you need more rest, or consideration for delivery. This is a frustrating condition for patient and doctor. Continue fetal surveillance until a clear plan for delivery. ...Read more

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Can you be in labor and not have painful contractions?

Can you be in labor and not have painful contractions?

Yes: Everyone experiences labor differently. Not all women experience significantly painful contractions. If you think you are in labor, please call your ob. ...Read more

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Want this baby out. Painful contractions for 24 hours now.?

Want this baby out. Painful contractions for 24 hours now.?

Labor begins!: The process of labor begins slowly and builds up over time. Uterine contractions are initially disorganized and mild are are usually not noticed. As you get closer to the time of delivery, the contractions become better organized and stronger. Try not to worry, the baby will be out very soon! ...Read more

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Painful contractions for 35 hours, should the ob resident be telling us to stay home?

Painful contractions for 35 hours, should the ob resident be telling us to stay home?

No: When to see the ob/gyn, and or go to labor and delivery. In my community hospital setting, I have patients contact me or l&d and often get an evaluation. Mid-trimester discomforts, "round ligament pain", versus pre-term or term labor can usually be sorted out with a brief history, and physical. However, patients with recurrent painful contractions need to be seen. ...Read more

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How long can prodromal labor last? experiencing bouts of regular painful contractions that disappear after a few hours for about 2 weeks. I'm 36w6d

How long can prodromal labor last? experiencing bouts of regular painful contractions that disappear after a few hours for about 2 weeks. I'm 36w6d

Hang in there!: This phase of your pregnancy can be accompanied with bouts of contractions. this is common. Make sure you are drinking enough water and staying in touch with your physician. Active labor could happen any time, but may still be a ways off. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Why do I get painful contractions during my 3rd trimester?

Labor begins!: The process of labor begins slowly and builds up over time. Uterine contractions are initially disorganized and mild are are usually not noticed. As you get closer to the time of delivery, the contractions become better organized and stronger. ...Read more

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40 weeks, steady, painful contractions 5-6 mins apart, 2cm dialated &' 60% effaced. Passing bloody show. &' still Got sent home? Why?

Contractions: Usually you get watched and monitored for a couple of hours and if you are making no changes then you are sent home with precautions, meaning reasons to come back to the hospital. You weren't making any progress and your baby looked good so your doctor felt it was early labor and you didn't need to be in the hospital yet. Good luck, babies always come out, they never stay in! ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks dilated to 2 and 80% efffaced, I have very painful contractions every 5 mins. Time to go in?

I am 38 weeks dilated to 2 and 80% efffaced, I have very painful contractions every 5 mins. Time to go in?

Yes: It is highly likely you'll be admitted for delivery. Sometimes, on arrival at l&d, the contractions diminish and if all is fine with baby after an hour of monitoring the baby's heart, you could go home. For most, it may be time to break the bag of water and proceed to the process of birth. ...Read more

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37weekspreg.Regular painful contractions for over 24hrs.Was sent home from the hospital cervix hadn't changed.Now only having random contractions.Why?

37weekspreg.Regular painful contractions for over 24hrs.Was sent home from the hospital cervix hadn't changed.Now only having random contractions.Why?

What did your OB: Say your OB should have explained that sometimes you can have false labor , if it was the real labor the cervix would have changed and they would not have become less frequent , but you could go into labor anytime, so if they get regular again or your water breaks ( even if you are having no contractions) you need to call your ob. ...Read more

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I've recently noticed thick, red bleeding after orgasm (external stimulation) as well as painful contractions. I'm taking seasonale, no other problems?

I've recently noticed thick, red bleeding after orgasm (external stimulation) as well as painful contractions. I'm taking seasonale, no other problems?

Check up: If you have bleeding after sex, you should see a doctor. Most likely is that the bleeding is coming from the cervix, and one would want to make sure that you don't have a polyp or lesion on the cervix that's the cause of this bleeding. Less likely is it's coming from the uterus, thought that is still a possiblity. On seasonale, your lining could be thin and be cause of bleed. Get a checkup! ...Read more

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I'm 40 wks & 1 cm. Bloody show and painful contractions/back pain for 2hrs. Never less than five min.,& 20 sec. Braxton hicks? Why did labor die off?

I'm 40 wks & 1 cm. Bloody show and painful contractions/back pain for 2hrs. Never less than five min.,& 20 sec. Braxton hicks? Why did labor die off?

Labor?: Is your baby still moving actively? When were you checked and told you are 1cm? At 40 weeks, if in doubt, call your obstetrician or go to labor and delivery to be checked. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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38+5 weeks pregnant experiencing non painful contractions i walk or turn over in bed it is very painful it brings me tears. 4cm 80% 4 days ago

38+5 weeks pregnant experiencing non painful contractions i walk or turn over in bed it is very painful it brings me tears. 4cm 80% 4 days ago

Go to L&D: Go and get rechecked. Your pain may be ligament pain but if you are over 38 weeks, contracting, & 4 cm dilated, it's easy to admit you, augment labor if needed & more importantly - provide comfort and reassurance that all is well with your pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Always had painful contractions on the first day of my menstrual cycle but never fever symptoms. Recently i started having fever symptom. Is it normal?

Always had painful contractions on the first day of my menstrual cycle but never fever symptoms. Recently i started having fever symptom. Is it normal?

Can be: It can be normal to have some fluctuations of temperature as part of a woman's cycle. If it is cyclical, it's likely hormonal. If this is the first time, make sure there's nothing else that could be cause of fever (no body aches, severe fatigue, nausea/vomiting, etc.) it's still flu season and i wouldn't want you to not be treated for something that could be infectious, rather than hormonal. ...Read more

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37 weeks preg. Painful contractions for a week, a lot of pressure dilated to a two 50% effaced how much longer till labor. In pain and miserable?

37 weeks preg. Painful contractions for a week, a lot of pressure dilated to a two 50% effaced how much longer till labor. In pain and miserable?

No one can tell but: Look for the following: contractions 5 min apart for one hour, bleeding, water breaking and fetal movement change. Notify your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having spotting after sex and irregular periods, sometimes I get pains that feel like painful contractions, what cld this be? I dnt hve a dr

I've been having spotting after sex and irregular periods, sometimes I get pains that feel like painful contractions, what cld this be? I dnt hve a dr

Many possibilities: These symptoms are somewhat non-specific and the list of causes is quite long. However, if you came to see me in the office, I would start by making sure you don't have an infection of the uterus or cervix. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Painful Contractions (Definition)

Need to be specific...Uterine during pregnancy, gall bladder, bowel, bladder, prostate. Essentially it is what it sounds like when the muscle contract in an organ they can be painful. ...Read more