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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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What's the normal/average size of the cervix @ 20 weeks? Can braxton hicks contractions dilate, shorten, or efface it?

What's the normal/average size of the cervix @ 20 weeks? Can braxton hicks contractions dilate, shorten, or efface it?

Cervix : At 20 weeks is a regular size cervix that is unaffected by braxton hicks contractions . They are just practice contractions and nothing to be afraid of. They are normal ! ...Read more

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39 weeks and 6 days and no effacement or dilation nor any bh nor any contractions. Anyway to induce labor naturally and safely?

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 more

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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.

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

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Can braxton hicks contractions cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.

Can braxton hicks contractions cause effacement and dilation if they randomly occur multiple times per day? Not more than 4 in an hour though.

Not really : If you have contractions that are causing cervical dilatation and effacement, we would call it labor, in your case preterm labor. If you are having labor contractions, we would not call it braxton hicks contractions. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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While pregnant can you go from 4cm dilated then back to 1/2 CM dilated?

While pregnant can you go from 4cm dilated then back to 1/2 CM dilated?

Dialation: Every examiner is slightly different when it comes to measurements, but they usually are off by 1/2 to 1 cm .... Usually not this much...I think someone might have made a mistake with their exam. ...Read more

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I'm 40 weeks pregnant and have not had any contractions in 3 weeks. I'm only 1cm dilated & 90% effaced how can I bring on contractions to help dilate?

Talk to UR obstetrii: Postdated pregnancy? , if true by the usg estimation of gestation , talk to ur obs. Doc. After waiting for few day, less than a wk , they may plan induction of labor- medication induced vs caesar.S based on pelvic findings, any foetal distress, failure of induction with medications .There are still chance sthat your pregnancy can end up successfully in a normal labor. With 90 % effacement already. ...Read more

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Lots of pressure & pain. Any way to self induce safely at 39 weeks? Doctor is uptight about stripping membranes.I'm so uncomfortable.Help!

Lots of pressure & pain. Any way to self induce safely at 39 weeks? Doctor is uptight about stripping membranes.I'm so uncomfortable.Help!

Pain at 39 wks: Pay careful attention to your medical advice. Make an appointment to have your doctor or his team examine you to be sure all is ok. ...Read more

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Hi, can having an orgasm after cervical stitch cause contractions, or any problems to the baby/pregnancy. 24 wks with 5 cm long cervix with stitch. ?

Hi, can having an orgasm after cervical stitch cause contractions, or any problems to the baby/pregnancy. 24 wks with 5 cm long cervix with stitch. ?

Cerclage: It appears you are asking about a cervical cerclage. In general nonpenetrative sexual activity is not restricted in women with a cerclage. Vaginal intercourse is restricted because the suture material for the cerclage is very sharp and can cause injury. Of course individual cases must be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Do braxton hicks contractions cause your cervix to dilate?

No: The definition of braxton hicks contractions are false contractions but do not cause your cervix to dilate. If your cervix is dilating, they are real contractions. ...Read more

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Can i be electively induced at 40weeks 2days at 1cm dilated with an unfavorable cervix?

Can i be electively induced at 40weeks 2days at 1cm dilated with an unfavorable cervix?

Up to OB: That would be up to your OB and how your pregnancy has gone. The one thing you don't want to do is try to induce an "unripe cervix" and then have the induction fail and that just sets you up for a c-section. If not in labor by 41 weeks, you will probably be induced then. ...Read more

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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 ?

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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
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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

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Painful Contractions (Definition)

Need to be specific...Uterine during pregnancy, gall bladder, bowel, bladder, prostate. Essentially it is what it sounds like when the muscle contract in an organ they can be painful. ...Read more