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Contractions But No Dilating
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
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
Monitor: They will monitor you and the baby and then decide if you will need an induction procedure done. ...Read more
I'm 36 weeks pregnant and having pressure, back pain, and contractions, I'm not dilating but I'm effacing. What do you think I should do?
Take it easy: Rest in bed as much as possible, and drink lots of fluids. Dehydration is a common cause of preterm contractions that do not result in cervical dilation. Follow up with your OB doctor as scheduled and follow your doctor's advice. But DON'T WORRY, that can only make things worse. ...Read more
Cervix effaces/thins: The cervix is normally thick through most of pregnancy, and usually many uterine contractions and physiologic changes are required to thin it (especially prior to the first delivery). It is important, however, for women to record contractions and keep their obs informed because an examination of the cervix by a trained provider can best determine extent of dilatation of the cervix/onset of labor. ...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 of 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
38 weeks having contractions went to hospital, I'm having contractions just not dialating that was at 230 today, still having them. Is this normal?
Why won't they induce me? 37w5d and in miserable back pain, contractions every 3-5 minutes for 3 days. Dialating 1cm a day so far.
Too early: Inducing is only appropriate when the benefits of induction clearly outweigh the risks to the mom/baby. I know it sounds cruel, but this is a pretty hard and fast rule. ...Read more
Been having period type cramps for 3wks=3cm/80%effaced. Now starting again @36wks. Can cramps alone be dilating me? No contractions tho. When go l&d?
ASK YOUR OB NOW!!!!: Your OB should be on call 24/7 or have someone covering for him or her like I do! I usually take my own call and if one of my patients was having that problem I would expect them to call me asap and if there is any question I send them to l&d immediately, if you and the baby are ok you really do not want to deliver at 36 weeks so call your OB now! ...Read more
Is it normal to be 37 weeks haveing contractions every 1-2 min apart lasting about 50 to 60 sec or more. Not dialating n this is 4 c-section?
Get evaluated.: If you had multiple c-sections in the past and you are contracting this often, please get evaluated right away. Take care. ...Read more
Contractions are 5-7 mins apart and not dialating, baby dropped, doc said it wasn't braxton hicks. Sent me home... no explanation. Please help! (34wks)?
MFM evaluation: Babies can drop this early without risk of preterm birth, but a close follow-up with your OB, and perhaps a trip to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist is warranted. I would make sure you are checked at least once or twice weekly until 36 weeks, and thereafter per your OB. If your water breaks or your contractions become more frequent and painful, make the appt to see the OB, don't feel bad ...Read more
33 weeks vagina hole feels stretched again had sex twice since I stopped do to contractions cause of sex could I be dilating at all?! Honest answers!!
Call OB now 4 exam: You should have a vaginal exam performed by your obstetrician. Given your younger age, you are at increased risk for preterm labor. Let your OB assess you today, ask about whether or not you need pelvic rest (no sex) for the rest of pregnancy or not. There are medicines that can stop preterm labor. You are a bit too early in this pregnancy to deliver. Giving baby a few wks 2 grow is best 4 both. ...Read more
32wks preg. Bloody discharge 3days ago. Dr checked. Not dilating, no contractions. More pinkish discharge today. Reasons? Haven't had sex, no cramping
Spotting: Infection could be a cause, but probably the most common reason is that your cervix is friable. When you're pregnant your cervix looks red and meaty and bleeds easy. This is called friability. If you were examined 2-3 days ago I would expect you to have pink or blood tinged discharge for 2-3 days afterwards. ...Read more
I am 25 weeks pregnateand have this burning sensation and extreme pressure in my vagina could I be dilating. I have been having irregular contractions?
Get checked.: At 25 weeks, you are very early and don't want to dilate. You probably aren't, but the only way to make sure is to go in and het checked. I would urge you to do this right away. It could just be a bladder infection, which is common in pregnancy, but it's not worth the risk of not checking. ...Read more
38 weeks pregnant have been having real contractions but not good enough for the doctors will castor oil help with the dilating an full blown labor?
36 wks. Dilating & thinning. Passed mucous plug. Dr can feel babies head. Uterine suspension undone. Pain! MANY BH contractions. Safe to self induce??
Wait natural labor: Await natural labor. If your water bags breaks too early risk of infection increases ...Read more
Bad menstrual cramps: Labor can take 24 to 36 hours. Early on labor pains feel very much like bad menstrual cramps. It can take 12 to 18 hours to get into active labor. The contractions of active labor are intense and come every 3 to 5 minutes. You usually cannot talk or walk during an active labor contraction. ...Read more
Menstrual cramps: Most of my patients describe contractions as being like menstrual cramps, to varying degrees of discomfort - from mild to severe. However, some patients perceive contractions only as pressure (or pain) in their backs, sides, or in their legs. Occasionaly I find a patient in labor, dilated 6 or 7 centimeters, who denies feeling contractions at all. Any rhythmic sensation could be contractions. ...Read more
Cramping: Intense, intense cramping--like the worst period of your life. This is unlike anything you have experienced before, especially if you're a first time mom. I tell my patients that, generally speaking, if you can talk/speak through a contraction; it's probably not a real labor--as opposed to the false, Braxton-Hicks--contraction. ...Read more
It shouldn't: U need to see your gyn to make sure it is in the right place, or that u do not have an infection, the only time it could be uncomfortable should be when it is inserted and that is almost always minor discomfort if u want no more kids you should get an in offcie tubal that I do on my pts, takes 5 minutes, easy, no more iud. ...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 or painful the contraction. ...Read more
See below: Breathing techniques are an important aspect of most birthing preparation classes. Women in early labor try a warm bath or shower. Many laboring women also find massages comforting. Along with providing the classic lower-back massage, partners should target the shoulders and some of the pain-relieving acupuncture sites: the web space on the palm, between the thumb and index finger and the feet. ...Read more
Depends on patient: The drug (s) chosen to stop preterm labor all have benefits and all have side effects. A drug may work in some patients and not in others. Some patients may need higher doses than others. Pre-existing medical conditions may not allow certain patients to use some drugs. An perinatologist (specialist in treating such problems) or an experienced ob-gyn doctor can help a patient decide on a plan. ...Read more
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