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Contraction (Overview)

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 or painful the contraction.


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What are contractions?

What are contractions?

Labor process: Contractions arise from the smooth muscle of the uterus rhythmically to expell a fetus when mature. It is also know as labor. ...Read more

Contraction (Overview)

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 or painful the contraction.


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What do contractions feel like?

What do contractions feel like?

Bad menstrual cramps: Labor can take 24 to 36 hours. Early on labor pains feel very much like bad menstrual cramps. It can take 12 to 18 hours to get into active labor. The contractions of active labor are intense and come every 3 to 5 minutes. You usually cannot talk or walk during an active labor contraction. ...Read more

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What does a contraction feel like?

What does a contraction feel like?

Menstrual cramps: Most of my patients describe contractions as being like menstrual cramps, to varying degrees of discomfort - from mild to severe. However, some patients perceive contractions only as pressure (or pain) in their backs, sides, or in their legs. Occasionaly I find a patient in labor, dilated 6 or 7 centimeters, who denies feeling contractions at all. Any rhythmic sensation could be contractions. ...Read more

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How contractions feels like at 36 week?

Cramping: Intense, intense cramping--like the worst period of your life. This is unlike anything you have experienced before, especially if you're a first time mom. I tell my patients that, generally speaking, if you can talk/speak through a contraction; it's probably not a real labor--as opposed to the false, Braxton-Hicks--contraction. ...Read more

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What are causes of preventricular contractions?

Good article: Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/premature-ventricular-contractions/ds00949/dsection=causes.

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Can mirina cause contraction-like feelings and pain?

It shouldn't: U need to see your gyn to make sure it is in the right place, or that u do not have an infection, the only time it could be uncomfortable should be when it is inserted and that is almost always minor discomfort if u want no more kids you should get an in offcie tubal that I do on my pts, takes 5 minutes, easy, no more iud. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: contraction?

Contraction: 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 or painful the contraction. ...Read more

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Is it possible for real contractions to be days apart?

Yes: Contractions occur often but become more frequent and closer together -and usually stronger- as pregnancy nears delivery. ...Read more

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What can I do to distract myself from contraction pain?

See below: Breathing techniques are an important aspect of most birthing preparation classes. Women in early labor try a warm bath or shower. Many laboring women also find massages comforting. Along with providing the classic lower-back massage, partners should target the shoulders and some of the pain-relieving acupuncture sites: the web space on the palm, between the thumb and index finger and the feet. ...Read more

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Tell my partner what he can do for me during contraction?

YOU should have take: Pre natal classes or if u haven't you should because that is what they teach at the classes, he can be supportive of you, the labor nurses can tell him what to do during your labor. ...Read more

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What is the safest oral drug to slow or stop contractions?

What is the safest oral drug to slow or stop contractions?

Depends on patient: The drug (s) chosen to stop preterm labor all have benefits and all have side effects. A drug may work in some patients and not in others. Some patients may need higher doses than others. Pre-existing medical conditions may not allow certain patients to use some drugs. An perinatologist (specialist in treating such problems) or an experienced ob-gyn doctor can help a patient decide on a plan. ...Read more

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Is it that helpful to have an accurate record of my contractions?

Not really: Most obs want to know approximately how far apart the contractions are. For example, "i have been having contractions 5 to 7 minutes apart for an hour and they are getting stronger, " or "i am having 10 to 12 contractions in an hour.". ...Read more

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What to do if there's constant contractions at thirty seven weeks?

Call your OB: Please communicate with your OB/GYN call the office speak with the dr. On call. Good luck. If you have experienced Braxton Hicks contractions during your pregnancy be able to compare them for your doctor. ...Read more

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Any natural ways to make contractions regular 6cm 60% effaced -2 already?

Oxytosin...: There is evidence that nipple stimulation increases oxytosin release..... The drug version is pitocin (oxytocin)...... That is how pregnancy augmentation is managed. However, if the baby is not having problems it is probably ok to wait. The best suggestion however, is to call your OB doctor. ...Read more

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How long usually till baby comes my contractions are 1 min apart for 1 min?

How long usually till baby comes my contractions are 1 min apart for 1 min?

Baby coming: Not very long. Hope you are in the hospital as you are going to have your baby very soon. ...Read more

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How do you know when your contractions are getting close for you to have baby?

How do you know when your contractions are getting close for you to have baby?

Approx 5 minutes: Generally, once your contractions become about 5 minutes apart, you should probably head to the hospital. They tend to be very regular and become closer together as time goes on. They last about 30-70 seconds and you may fee the pain from your lower back around to your lower stomach like bad cramps. Typically movement or repositioning does not alleviate the pain of true contractions. ...Read more

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Will the information still be useful if I often forget to log the kicks or contractions?

Will the information still be useful if I often forget to log the kicks or contractions?

Yes: Assume you're talking about the practice of monitoring "fetal movement" as a proxy for fetal well-being. The premise is that babies who move a lot are healthy babies, and babies who don't move may be "asking for help". Babies in utero sleep in 90-120 minute cycles. If lack of movement persists much longer than that, call your obstetrician or go to l&d. 99% of the time, he/she is fine. ...Read more

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When counting contractions do you measure from start to start or do you measure from end to start?

When counting contractions do you measure from start to start or do you measure from end to start?

S to S, or E to E: In order to do a fair count, regardless of what is being counted, one should count from start to start, or from end to end. Counting from start to end, or counting from end to start, would give slightly different numbers... But the differences may not matter much in real life. ...Read more

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When timing contractions are they suppose to be like 5 minutes apart on the dot or like 5 then 8 then 6 then 5?

Generally: Generally you would wait until the contractions are fairly regular and close to five minutes. Look for less variation in time. ...Read more

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I have contraction like pains on lower right side Iof abdomenwhen sitting but usually niot when standing or lying down?

Many possibilities: Like gas bubble, constipation, appendicitis, ovarian cyst /tumor, even referred pain form disc in spine slip or kidney stone, but due to just when sitting could be pressure from some organ or mass, did you get a colonoscopy yet [usually age 50 to start, colon cancer is # 2 killer so would help alot, what about bowel movements [cosntipated or black stools? Black may mean blood, see your dr ...Read more

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I have been feeling contractions that are a few minutes apart for about 10 or 25 minutes but then they go away. What could that be?

I have been feeling contractions that are a few minutes apart for about 10 or 25 minutes but then they go away. What could that be?

You're having a baby: Get help! You are in labor & need to get to your obstetrician or midwife. If you do not have one go directly to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. If you are out of time call 911 or find the nearest adult & ask for their help. If you broke your waters (sudden flood of clear fluid from your vagina that you might have thought was urine) then the baby is very close. If not you may have time. ...Read more

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Epidural pain worse than contraction?

Epidural pain worse than contraction?

No: The discomfort from having an epidural placed is generally not worse than contractions. Epidurals are one of the most popular tools used to provide relief of pain during the active phase of labor. Your md can give you more info and help you decide if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

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What is causing hypotonic contractions?

Muscle cramps: A buildup of Lactic Acid causes the muscle to cramp. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am having contractions?

Labor contractions: Labor contractions become strong, regular and don't cease until delivery. ...Read more

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Terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Terbutaline can be used to stop contractions, but it is not terribly effective, and has some significant side effects so it is not being used very much anymore. ...Read more