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Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Cervical change: Braxton-Hicks contractions are real contractions, but are not putting you into labor, as evidenced by changing your cervix. Keep well hydrated, and time them. If they are coming ever 5 minutes, you need to be evaluated by your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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What are braxton hicks contractions?

What are braxton hicks contractions?

Practice contraction: Braxton hicks contractions can happen at anytime during your pregnancy. They tend to be milder and more irregular than the contractions you get during labor. In general they are practice contractions that normally occur. If you have contractions more than 4 times in an hour and are preterm, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

For some: Some feel cramping at this time. Some do not. If you feel your are out of the ordinary contact your obgyn for evaluation to exclude preterm labor ...Read more

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Do braxton hicks contractions cause your cervix to dilate?

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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When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

Nope!: You trade up for the real things! some labor contractions aren't even as painful as some braxton-hicks, but they eventually make it there. ...Read more

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Do braxton hicks usually occur at night?

Braxton Hicks: These can occur at ANY time of the day or night. For some strange reason, however, they are more common at night. ...Read more

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Does everyone get Braxton Hicks contractions?

Does everyone get Braxton Hicks contractions?

Probably: Probably yes, but some women feel these tightenings while others do not. If one does not feel them it is not abnormal. ...Read more

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How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

Timing is everything: If the frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions with a timed shortened interval, then that is actual labor when it gets down to 5 to 7 minutes whereupon you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe ...Read more

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Is it normal to have braxton hicks contractions as early as 23 weeks in pregnancy?

Sometimes: Braxton-hicks contractions can start in the first trimester and get stronger, longer, and more frequent as pregnancy progresses. Sometimes they can be mistaken for labor pains. If you are concerned that you may be in true labor, please call your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Are braxton hicks ok at 28 weeks?

Are braxton hicks ok at 28 weeks?

Still contractions: Braxton-hicks although normal @ 28 weeks are still contractions. If they are recurrent (> 4/hour), cause pelvic pressure or persistent pain, or increased mucousy vaginal discharge, get checked by your ob. Try to limit any activities that cause these contractions (intercourse, exercise, lifting, etc) & call your OB if any of these signs of preterm labor persist or worsen. Take care. ...Read more

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Can having a bunch of braxton hicks contractions all through your 3rd trimester facilitate childbirth?

As long as: It doesn't cause premature labor, usually it will have your cervix more ripe when u do go into labor , I am sure your doctor will start checking your cervix at 37 weeks or earlier if you are having too many contractions, and the doc can tell u where u are at. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

How do I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor?

Pain & frequency: True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache. True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap. ...Read more

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Cramping and nausea and im 35 weeks pregnant could it be braxton hicks or pre-term labor?

Exam needed: Labor is a combination of contractions and a change in the cervix. An exam is needed to know if it is occurring so a woman should notify and go to her OB or labor and delivery. ...Read more

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36 weeks having contractions. Some are painful some aren't that bad &' im having back pain &' period like cramps? Is this braxton hicks or real labor?

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36 weeks having contractions. Some are painful some aren't that bad &' im having back pain &' period like cramps? Is this braxton hicks or real labor?

Possibly: Back pain and contractions are signs of pregnancy but it depends. If you use a watch and time the contractions and if they seem more consistent and closer in time apart then that could be a true sign of labor. I would call your OB/GYN and discuss and other specific symptoms. These symptoms include and vaginal discharge, water, etc. ...Read more

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Is painful contraction sign of early labor?

Labor: Contractions can mean you are going into labor. Someties women get what is called braxton hicks contractions, sometimes called 'practice contractions' that intensify more during the latter part of your pregnancy. Signs of labor are uterine contractions, pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, rupture of membrane, back pain etc. ...Read more

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30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

May be preterm labor: Those regular contractions could be preterm labor. One should be checked out by her Ob-Gyn doctor. That may mean going to the hospital and staying in the Labor and Delivery ward to be monitored to see what is going on. Meanwhile, a patient should avoid physical activities or having sex until getting checked out. A baby born at 30 weeks is much too early, so hopefully the uterus calms down. ...Read more

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