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How early do you have braxton hicks contraction? I'm 18 weeks pregnant

How early do you have braxton hicks contraction?  I'm 18 weeks pregnant

Braxton Hicks: Braxton hicks contractions can begin at 6 weeks but usually aren't felt until 20 weeks. ...Read more

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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Miscarried at 18 weeks last Saturday and I had light bleeding since. No D&C. Now have light contraction-like cramps that come ang go. Should I worry?

Miscarried at 18 weeks last Saturday and I had light bleeding since. No D&C. Now have light contraction-like cramps that come ang go. Should I worry?

18 wk Miscarriage : I would be concerned that there still might be tissue in your uterus. This also could just be normal postpartum contractions. As retained tissue is a potentially life threading condition causing bleeding and infection this needs to be ruled out. An ultrasound will do so. Please get evaluated today. ...Read more

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I am 18 weeks pregnant and my abdomen sometimes gets tight. It happened 4 times today almost like a contraction but there is no pain. Any advice?

I am 18 weeks pregnant and my abdomen sometimes gets tight. It happened 4 times today almost like a contraction but there is no pain. Any advice?

Water: For now, it's best to drink enough water that the urine is light yellow. If it continues, being checked for a bladder infection would be advised as the next step. Good luck. I hope it goes away. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant I am experiencing tightness in my lower abdomen. This has been happening for the past four days. Is this a contraction?

18 week 'tightening': Between 16 and 20 weeks your baby and your uterus are growing at a tremendous rate and are gaining a lot of weight. This causes more pressure on the ligaments (called 'round' ligaments) that hold up your uterus. It is very common to get a sensation of discomfort, tightness, or actual pain between 16 and 20 weeks. You can take either tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for this. ...Read more

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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 known as labor. ...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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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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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

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Am I experiencing a contraction at 22 weeks?

Probably: If this is your second, or more pregnancy, you may be experiencing what are termed 'braxton-hicks' contractions — sort of practice contraction of the experienced uterus. If there is no discharge from the vagina, and these are short term (although sometimes rather uncomfortable) then you can experience them throughout the pregnancy and they are not a problem. Consult your ob. ...Read more

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I feel no contractions when i orgasm! Help!?

Uterine contractions: Not all women have uterine contractions with their orgasms.

The women who do need to be careful if they get a hysterectomy since their orgasms will change when their uterus is gone.

You may just be one of the women who don't have uterine orgasms, but that doesn't mean anything from a medical standpoint. ...Read more

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Is terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Is terbutaline used to stopped contractions?

Yes: Yes, but it has never been shown to be a very effective medication for this, and it can have significant side effects. ...Read more

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Why am i feeling mild contractions at 19 weeks?...

Why am i feeling mild contractions at 19 weeks?...

GO FIND OUT WHY: If you have an ob, call the on call and ask for specific advice on if you should have check on l&d now or in near future. If no ob, consider going to an er that is large enough to have ultrasound tech in-house or on call and that handles obstetrics at their hospital. ...Read more

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What s a contraction like in last week of pragnancy?

Contraction: You will feel your abdomen get hard. A lot of my patients think this is the baby moving. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I get contractions on the left side of my head. Why?

Migranes?: Unilateral headaches are frequently migranes. Without more information, however, it is impossible to know. ...Read more

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I was wondering are contractions dangerous for the baby?

I was wondering are contractions dangerous for the baby?

Depends: Pregnancy can progress normally with a placenta that is marginal during the stress of contractions. The common "stress test" is designed to bring out this vulnerability. The monitor should show some influence of contractions on babies heart rate with good recovery between contractions. When this sensitive indicator shows poor baby response, a surgical delivery is often needed. ...Read more

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Is the shortening of the muslce what a contraction means?

Yes: Muscle contraction shortens the length of the muscle. That is how it make our joints move. ...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 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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'What happens if i''m having contractions but not dilating?'

'What happens if i''m having contractions but not dilating?'

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 cervix to help dilate it, nature does not always work right but u should be discussing this with your OB u may need a -c-section which is better than forcing something that is not going to happen. ...Read more

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When you are having a contraction do you also feel pressure?

Yes: Contractions can feel many ways.... I knew of one woman who just felt hot---when checked on the monitor she was having significant contractions.... Always best to be evaluated by a dr! Good luck. ...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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What happens if I start having contractions but I am not dilating?

What happens if I start having contractions but I am not dilating?

Cervix effaces/thins: The cervix is normally thick through most pregnancy, and usually many uterine contractions and physiologic changes are required to thin it (especially prior to the first delivery). It is important, however, for women to record contractions and keep their obs informed because an examination of the cervix by a trained provider can best determine extent of dilatation of the cervix/onset of labor. ...Read more

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I'm having light contractions and im past my due date what do I do?

I'm having light contractions and im past my due date what do I do?

Maybe early labor: Lower belly tightening sounds like it could be contractions. Since you are term, just keep an eye on it. If you have the tightening every 5 min for an hour call your doc. Also, call for bleeding, leaking fluid or decreased fetal movement. ...Read more

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What can cause a person to have two runs of contractions in 4 days?

Contractions: Would contact your OB gyn doc immediately to investigate this further. There is an entity of "false contractions" but this should be ruled out. ...Read more