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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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I just heard basil seeds could cause contractions, is it possible that a vietnamese dessert made with tons of basil seeds could cause miscarriage?

I just heard basil seeds could cause contractions, is it possible that a vietnamese dessert made with tons of basil seeds could cause miscarriage?

Basil seeds: Using basil as a spice is safe in pregnancy. An essential oil is sometimes made from the leaves and seeds -- and this contains a high concentration of the constituent estragole. Estragole can cause uterine contractions, thus may not be safe in pregnancy unless you're already in labor. The essential oil probably uses a lot more of these seeds than you ate in your dessert. If concerned, see ob. ...Read more

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Im having a miscarriage and im having contractions and then my body pushes is this normal?

Im having a miscarriage and im having contractions and then my body pushes is this normal?

Depends: Sorry for your loss. Even a miscarriage early in pregnancy requires the cervix to open, that feels like contractions. I don't know what you mean by 'pushes', but the uterus is trying to empty itself. Usually you will experience 4-6 hours of heavy bleeding and cramping, then the bleeding will continue similar to a normal period. If it is too heavy or too painful, you may want to talk to your docto. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel like you are having contractions during a miscarriage?

Is it normal to feel like you are having contractions during a miscarriage?

Yes: As long as your pregnancy is confirmed in the uterus by ultrasound, uterine contractions occur when the body is trying to pass the pregnancy tissue and complete the miscarriage. Within three days of onset of bleeding you will need an injection of Rhogam if your blood type is rh negative to potentially protect future pregnancies from your producing antibodies. ...Read more

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I think.I have had a miscarriage I lost a sudden gush of dark blood and have had contraction feelings all.Day but no more blood and feeling sick ?

I think.I have had a miscarriage I lost a sudden gush of dark blood and have had contraction feelings all.Day but no more blood and feeling sick ?

Possibly: The symptoms you are reporting can be from a threatened miscarriage or from a complete miscarriage. I threatened miscarriage means some bleeding with or without cramping, but the baby is still alive. A complete miscarriage means you passed everything. The only way to know for sure would be with blood work and an ultrasound with your doctor. ...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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Is it possible to have a miscarriage without bleeding but just massive contraction like labor pains for days?

Is it possible to have a miscarriage without bleeding but just massive contraction like labor pains for days?

NO: If you have documented non viable tissue inside your uterus it needs to come out and you will have some bleeding, your sxs are not normal and you need to see your obgyn or go to the er if you do not have one so they can do an exam , blood work and an ultrasound to start out. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a miscarriage, no bleeding and massive contraction that are like labor pains for days?

Is it possible to have a miscarriage, no bleeding and massive contraction that are like labor pains for days?

Miscarriage : A miscarriage can be painless and have little or no noticeable bleeding but if you are in early pregnancy and are having severe abdominal pain you should see a doctor right away. You may have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) which is a surgical emergency that needs immediate attention! if you have already had the miscarriage it may be incomplete and require surgery to complete. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more