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Contractions 5 Minutes Apart
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
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
Back labor since Wednesday and dilated 2cm in 24 hours. Contractions 5 minutes apart since 10:24am yesterday. Am I in labor?
2-3 centimeters dilated. I'm now having contractions 5 minutes apart mild cramping pains. Should I go to hospital now or wait till they get worse?
Go now: I think you should go now. Please do not wait. ...Read more
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.
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
How can I increase my contractions and dilate faster I'm 39 weeks pregnant at 1cm and contractions now every 2-5 minutes apart?
Nothing really: You really don't want contracts closer together then every 2-5 minutes. ...Read more
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?
When timing contractions are they supposed 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
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
I'm 2 weeks away from having my baby, and I'm having contractions that are 2-4 minutes apart. What does this mean?
It means call: Your doctor and go to er now. ...Read more
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
My best friend is 36 weeks pregnant and has had contractions for about 2 weeks and they are now 2 minutes apart but her water hasn't broke what to do?
Call ob: Call ob. If you cannot reach them go to the hospital to be checked. ...Read more
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
31 weeks pregnant with contractions every 2-4 minutes apart for 3 hours now. Most are very painful. No blood and no abnormal discharge.
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
I'm 36 weeks pregnant and 1 CM dilated. I had contractions 3-4 minutes apart for 5 hrs yesterday and went to hospital. Having them again today.
Call OB: Call your OB MD for instructions. Do not be afraid to call or go in. ...Read more
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, 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
I was in L&D last night and they said I was 3 CM dilated, did a stretch and sweep and sent me home because contractions were not at the intensive stage. They were 4 minutes apart. Now I am feeling consistent pressure and cramping in my pelvis area about 3
If in labor: If you think that now you are in labor then head back to labor and delivery to be reevaluated. ...Read more
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
38 weeks pregnant, constant ache in lower back and period like cramping, contractions from 2-10 minutes apart but not very painful. What to do?
37 weeks pregnant, contractions about ten minutes apart for two days. Milky white discharge today all day. Contractions getting stronger not closer. Scheduled c-section. Do I need to go to hospital?
Yes: Being 37 weeks pregnant and having contractions for 2 days at an interval of 10 minutes and contractions getting stronger, patient should go to the hospital. Scheduled c- section points towards history of previous c-sections or a condition, where normal spontaneous vaginal delivery has very high risk for the mother and the fetus. Going to the hospital and calling obgyn is the way to go. Thanks. ...Read more
Baby coming: Not very long. Hope you are in the hospital as you are going to have your baby very soon. ...Read more
If am getting contractions 2-3mins apart should I go to L&D?? They are coming & going for a hr or 2.
Yes immediately: You need to go immediately. It is best to deliver your baby with a medical personnel in attendance. All the best ...Read more
I'm 30weeks (hbr 7.23)yesterday I was contracting 4minutes apart also spotting I'm not dilating contraction stopped with IV what could have caused this?
Early contractions: You don't really want to have contractions or labor at 30 weeks, but the uterus often starts toning up for the soon to happen labor and you can feel contractions (often called braxton hicks contractions). You also don't want your cervix to open. Mild temporary spotting is common; continued bleeding should be checked. If any symptoms continue that worry you, get checked. ...Read more
Is it possible to have real contractions days apart? I'm almost 38 weeks and I feel my contractions are too strong to be false.
Possible: It is possible but nothing to worry about. Time your contractions. If you feel they are becoming stronger and more frequent, then contact your ob. If you are ever unsure about something it is always best to get in touch with your ob. Good luck! ...Read more