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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