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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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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?

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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Painful Contractions (Definition)

Constant painful contractions are condition seen in pregnancy during birth where the uterus spasms and does not ...Read more