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How long can early labor last? I'm 36 weeks and three days. Went to hospital with contractions five minutes apart and only dilated 1 cm.

How long can early labor last? I'm 36 weeks and three days. Went to hospital with contractions five minutes apart and only dilated 1 cm.

Not labor: If you are not dilating, you are not in labor. You really don't want to be in labor at 36 weeks anyway. If you are dehydrated, you will have contractions. They don't so anything but they can be pretty painful. So, if you are having contractions, you should assume you are dehydrated. Lay down and drink lots of water. Real labor won't stop. ...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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Back labor since Wednesday and dilated 2cm in 24 hours. Contractions 5 minutes apart since 10:24am yesterday. Am I in labor?

Back labor since Wednesday and dilated 2cm in 24 hours. Contractions 5 minutes apart since 10:24am yesterday. Am I in labor?

Yes: This sounds like early labor. Be assessed at your delivery center. They will either admit you or get you to wait a bit. All the best and happy motherhood! ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks pregnant and i've been having really bad lower back pains and contractions 5 minutes apart and my pelvic area is throbbing.

I'm 39 weeks pregnant and i've been having really bad lower back  pains and contractions 5 minutes apart and my pelvic area is throbbing.

Might be labor: Difficult to say what exactly is going on. Someone at 39 weeks with regular contractions that have persisted should be evaluated. Not knowing your cervical dilatation and parity (how many children) makes it all the more important for you to call your doctor. ...Read more

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39 weeks pregnant, experiencing contractions 5 minutes apart and lost plug but water is yet to break. Advice on ways to dilate my cervix? Walking etc....

Sex might help: Believe it or not, but semen contains prostaglandins, and this can sometimes cause contractions. Additionally, you may try warm compresses to your breast, followed by nipple stimulation. That being said, if you are contracting every 5 mins, you will hopefully be in labor soon. Call your OB if you are unsure. Best of luck! ...Read more

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36 weeks w/dull back pain, contractions in abdomen 5-7 minutes apart but not painful. 2 deliveries vaginal. When should I go to the hospital?

36 weeks w/dull back pain, contractions in abdomen 5-7 minutes apart but not painful. 2 deliveries vaginal. When should I go to the hospital?

Now!: I would recommend you visit your maternity hospital's emergency/triage room as soon as possible to assess whether you are experiencing late preterm labor. Best of luck! ...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 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?

Youre 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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Having contractions that are 25 minutes apart for 3 days now. How long can I have these contractions at this consistency till i go into labor?

A long time: Assuming you are at least 37 weeks pregnant and less than 41 weeks, this is latent labor (your body getting ready for real labor) and can last many days or even a week or two. Be sure to keep your appointments! if you are earlier or later than the weeks listed, call your doctor today. ...Read more

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39 weeks, 2cm, 75% effaced and contractions are 5 1/2 to 6 minutes apart and are getting more painful. Why won't my doctor send me to l&d to have poticon?

Good question.: Your obstetrician may be awaiting spontaneous active labor, but it sounds like you are getting there. I would suggest you go to your l&d of choice for clinical evaluation. Best of luck! ...Read more

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My 4th child, I was in labor 20+ hours with contractions from 7-17 minutes apart when sleeping and 1-5 minutes apart when awake. What is this called?

My 4th child, I was in labor 20+ hours with contractions from 7-17 minutes apart when sleeping and 1-5 minutes apart when awake.  What is this called?

It depends.: Did you have your baby? If you did, then it's a long (but not technically prolonged) labor. True labor lasting > 24 hours might be "prolonged." If true labor starts (with cervical dilation) then stops for more than 24 hours, it's "arrested labor." If you had contractions without progressive cervical dilation, that's "false labor". What do you call your baby? ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant with contractions every 2-4 minutes apart for 3 hours now. Most are very painful. No blood and no abnormal discharge.

Stop typing: And go to your labor site for check! might be false (/bh), but sounds worth getting an OB exam to be sure you are not trying to deliver prematurely! ...Read more

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36 weeks with Contractions that are 10 minutes apart &' last about 4 minutes long. &' I have lower/middle back pain along with cramps. Braxton hicks?

Early Labor: Braxton Hicks contractions are usually not regular and typically not strong enough to cause discomfort. It's possible you are in early labor. It would probably be best to call your OB and let them know this is happening and follow their advice. Your OB may want to have you go to labor and delivery for an exam and monitoring of the contractions as well as your baby's heart rate tracings. Good luck! ...Read more

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Reasons for contractions that are 2-3 minutes apart & last hours & are painful, but not dehydrated at 23 weeks pregnant? My ob doesn't know why i'm contracting.

Maybe Braxton-Hicks?: If your cervix is not dilating, these may be bh contractions. They are generally irregular, short in duration, and not painful. They tend to be more easily recognized by women who have had babies before. They may be uncomfortable at times. The most important things is to make sure you are not in preterm labor. ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnant, Was dilated to a 3 last doctor visit 3 days ago, Now my contractions are 10 minutes apart im feeling very nauseous?

I am 36 weeks pregnant, Was dilated to a 3 last doctor visit 3 days ago, Now my contractions are 10 minutes apart im feeling very nauseous?

L&D evaluation : 36 weeks is preterm and at 3 cm dilated, you're at risk for early delivery. A 36 week infant should do well as long as no infection exists. You are probably in early labor, go to L&D for eval, see if you benefit from antibiotics (GBS status needed), and have good pediatric care at delivery in case your infant needs immediate care. Trust your OB & best of luck to you. (No induction recommended). ...Read more