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Contractions But No Dilating
39wks. Last wk appt no dilation but i'm effaced. Contractions are inconsistent but very strong cramps/backache/tightening. Am i in labor? Other signs?
Labor: Look for bloody show, ruptured waters, pains that get longer and stronger... ...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
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
Bloody show normal after getting your membranes stripped? 3cm dilated. No contractions or anything.. Just really uncomfortable! Thanks.
40 weeks and 3 days, no sign of labor, no bh contractions, no regular contractions, no mucus plug, no water breakage. what is going on?! I'm depressed
39wks. Baby positioned, effaced but not dilated. Can't sleep, contractions are irregular yet strong/crampy . Whats chance of labor or water breaking?
Very good. I'd say: you've rounded third and are very close to crossing home plate. Prepare. ...Read more
39wks. Contractions/cramping/backache so strong but too irregular. Can't sleep. Baby already positioned. Effaced but still no dilation. Now what? :-(
Call your OB NOW!: Please call your OB now! good luck with the baby :-). ...Read more
39 weeks and 6 days and no effacement or dilation nor any bh nor any contractions. Anyway to induce labor naturally and safely?
Can walk may help: But if she were my pt i would offer her induction as a recent large study showed the ideal time for the baby to be delivered is 39-40 weeks if she were my pt i would rec cervadil to ripen cervix in the evening in the labor room, then start Pitocin (oxytocin) in am I have induced unripe cervix many times at 40 weeks and the induction works 99% of time and have prevented many more chance for prob after 40wks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
39weeks preg. No dilation but baby is positioned and I am thinned/effaced. More discharge. Contractions not close. What are chances of water breaking?
If you were my pt: And were 39 weeks and have an effaced cervix and are having irregular contractions i would bring you in and rupture your membranes and start pitocin, (oxytocin) if necessary which it may not be abd get u in active labor, ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks , and you will be uncomfortable and have a hard time sleeping with contractions going on, at 39 weeks the baby is better off outside than in! ...Read more
Can braxton hicks contractions efface or dilate the cervix? I'm having multiple tthroughout the day but completely irregular and unpredictable.
Overdue. Low pelvic pressure, contractions, no real pain but baby is less active and green vaginal discharge?
Check out discharge: The low pelvic pressure and contractions (usually irregular) are not to be unexpected. However, the green vaginal discharge does warrant evaluation asap. Most likely, an infection could be present (e.g. Bv); could even be normal. Another more significant possibility is rom (rupture of membranes) with meconium (baby's bowel movement). ...Read more
Is it psbl to have labour pains n amniotic fluid leakage n still cervix is not dilated..38 weeks pregnant?
Yes: "False Labor" pains not strong enough to cause cervical dilation can go on for weeks before real labor begins. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt! However, if you are leaking amniotic fluid, you should be delivered right away. Your doctor can do an exam to see if you are really leaking amniotic fluid or if it is something else like urine or a heavy vaginal discharge. Best wishes! ...Read more
I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Placenta is now clear of cervix, but close enough that if i dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is orgasm (w/o penetration) safe?
What is an irritable uterus and how its contractions are different from Braxton Hicks contractions? Can either efface or dilate my cervix? I'm 33w5d.
Same contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions indicate the level of sensitivity(irritability) of the uterus to the agent(oxytocin) that can cause labor. The difference is the frequency, intervals, and duration of the contractions that will eventually be progressive enough to produce changes in the cervix-AKA active labor. ...Read more
How do you: Know you are not dilated? If contractions are that intense you may want to proceed for evaluation.... I am not sure of your history so i can not offer more specifics.... ...Read more
When pregnant with twins, do frequent braxton hicks contractions 6-8 hrs, but with no cervical change, indicate that I am at increased risk for ptl ?
Ptl risk: I wish we could better predict and treat ptl. By definition a 47 yo woman with twins is at risk for ptl. But intermittent contractions later in pregnancy >32 wks do not necessarily mean you will progress to labor, however if contraction become more frequent or painful, a return visit to your OB or perinatologist is in order. ...Read more
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