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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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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Is painful contraction sign of early labor?

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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What are signs of preterm labour?

What are signs of preterm labour?

Pain, bleeding.: Usually preterm labor is manifested with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, fever or leaking fluid per vaginam. As it progresses to preterm birth, it invariably causes severe pelvic pain and pressure and should be managed in a tertiary hospital with nicu availability. ...Read more

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What are signs of early labor?

What are signs of early labor?

Early labor: Pelvic or back cramping that comes and goes every few minutes. You may also expel a mucous plug or fluid from your vagina. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are some early labor signs?

As follows;: Cramping which starts out far apart and becomes more regular and more painful. You may leak fluid and may have bleeding. If you are ever unsure, check with your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Signs of early pregnancy?

Signs of early pregnancy?

Varies from person: For some the first sign is a missed period without other noticeable early changes at all. For others, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea day or night, increased urinary frequency, breast tenderness, marked fatigue, mood changes, food dislikes or cravings, stronger smell sensations, constipation, bloating, mild cramping, low grade headache. Do a pregnancy test to confirm. ...Read more

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Early signs of pregnancy?

Early signs of pregnancy?

A positive preg test: In today's world there is no real reason to try to guess whether or not you are pregnant based on symptoms. If you are wondering if you are pregnant or not then simply take an over the counter pregnancy test. They are cheap and reliable and then you will have your answer. Tests are often positive before someone begins to have symptoms. ...Read more

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Is discharge and gas early signs of labor?

Is discharge and gas early signs of labor?

No: Labor is always associated with regular painful contractions and cervical change - i wouldn't worry about it, but ask your doc next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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What are signs of preterm labor?

What are signs of preterm labor?

Cramping/Contraction: Cramping and contractions are common. Additional signs that can signify preterm labor include rhythmic back pain or pelvic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, bleeding or spotting, large gush of amniotic fluid. In any case where preterm labor is suspected the pregnant woman should seek immediate care from her OB provider or local OB facility. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of labor?

What are some early signs of labor?

Cramping, nausea: Most frequently women are going to say that they have menstrual cramping or tightening. Sometimes women notice loose stools or nausea as a sign as well. ...Read more

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What are the signs of preterm labor?

What are the signs of preterm labor?

Contractions, other: Contractions with cervical change before term define preterm labor. They can be mild or irregular, accompanied by discharge, back pain, etc. If preterm, especially with risk factors (eg, twins, diabetes), it is always appropriate to call OB or go to labor & delivery asap. An evaluation by physician is needed. Sometimes a transfer to a perinatal center is required, and it can take time to mobilize. ...Read more

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Early, physical signs of pregnancy?

Early, physical signs of pregnancy?

A #: Classic pregnancy symptoms usually don’t begin until the day your period is missed or after that. These can include: tender or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of a period; increased frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings; passing gas; enlarging waist line. Etc. There may be an increase in white vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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Small pieces of mucus plug lost, diarrhea, increased intensity of contractions (diagnosed w irritable uterus), 35 weeks. early signs of labor?

Small pieces of mucus plug lost, diarrhea, increased intensity of contractions (diagnosed w irritable uterus), 35 weeks. early signs of labor?

5 more weeks: it is not uncommon for attraction to begin starting at 32 weeks and they may not be a true sign of labor, rather the might just be practice contractions or whatare called Braxton Hicks contractions. Just because you lose some mucus, does not mean you will go into labor because your cervix will keep on creating mucus. call the hospital though, for regular painful contractions or loss of fluid. ...Read more

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Is dizziness early signs of pregnancy?

Is dizziness early signs of pregnancy?

It can be.: Classic pregnancy symptoms usually don’t begin until the day your period is missed or after that. These can include: tender or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of a period; increased frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings; passing gas; enlarging waist line. Etc. There may be an ^ in white vaginal discharge. Take a hpt to know. ...Read more

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What are signs of early miscarriage?

What are signs of early miscarriage?

Bleeding . . .: A positive pregnancy test with bleeding, particularly heavy bleeding with cramps, is most suggestive. If pregnancy symptoms like fatigue, urinary frequency, breast tenderness, nausea, and vomiting suddenly improve, or if none of those symptoms appear despite the positive pregnancy test, you should be suspicious. ...Read more

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Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

A specific set: Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy include breast enlargement and tenderness, nausea and/or vomiting, weight gain, abdominal fullness, and period irregularity with either spotting or missed periods. Keep track of your gal's periods on a calendar so you are aware of her fertile days, expected period times, and possible times to look for these symptoms. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of preterm labor?

What are signs and symptoms of preterm labor?

What did your OB doc: Say this is a ? U should be directing to your health care provider , just like i expalin all of this to my OB pts. Some are contartcions, pains in teh uterus , increase discahrge, etc. If u are worried u need to call your provider now to be evaluated as u do not want to catch taht too late. ...Read more

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Does ER evaluate signs and symptoms of preterm labour?

NO NO: Your OB doc should ! who would have told u that ? If you are over 20 weeks along u would go to the labor room , so call yoru OB doc or go to the er and they will send u up to OB but i know your OB doc wants to know if u are having those symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

Need Exam: The only way to check or rule out preterm labor is with monitoring & exam. See your OB for evaluation and ffn testing. This will help screen you for risks of cervical softening or change. Take care. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pregrenancy at early stage?

Symptoms of pregrenancy at early stage?

Missed period: Early pregnancy is symptom free until the fetus is big enough to have blood cells and chemicals to share with the mother's body. That is about fourteen days after conception. Thus the missed period is the first valid early pregnancy symptom. ...Read more

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Do labor contractions make you tired?

Do labor contractions make you tired?

Yes.: They call it labor for a reason - it is not only painful, but also exhausting. Good hydration and adequate caloric intake throughout labor (by adding sugar to the intravenous fluids) helps along, as does a good epidural anesthesia. ...Read more

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What do labor contractions feel like?

What do labor contractions feel like?

Colicky pain.: Lower abdominal and/or lower back pain that gradually peaks within half a minute, lasts for a few seconds and then gradually resolves within half a minute. In labor, they come every 2-5 minutes generally getting more severe as labor progresses. Epidural anesthesia is a highly recommended technique to help women through labor pains; natural methods do not suffice for 99% of women. No need to suffer. ...Read more

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Are real labor contractions always evenly spaced, or can they have a range (5 10 minutes)?

Are real labor contractions always evenly spaced, or can they have a range (5 10 minutes)?

No rules: There really are no rules in labor. Your contraction interval can be quite variable. Labor is much more effective, ie delivr the baby sooner, if they are regular and close together. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have regular labor contractions (about every 10 minutes) at night, but that will then go away in the morning?

Is it normal to have regular labor contractions (about every 10 minutes) at night, but that will then go away in the morning?

Very normal: As long as you are near term, that's normal. Women can have nightly episodes of "false labor" for days or even weeks prior to the big day. It's your body's way of warming up for the event. We usually ask women to wait until contractions are 4-5 minutes apart, last about a minute, and persist in that pattern for an hour or two, prior to heading to the hospital. Good luck! ...Read more

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Been having labor contractions but a week now on an off had them all day friday went to bed and they were gone when i woke up everything hurt. normal?

Been having labor contractions but a week now on an off had them all day friday went to bed and they were gone when i woke up everything hurt. normal?

Depends: How many weeks are you? During pregnancy, its not uncommon to have intermittant contractions that are not strong enough to produce cervical change. These 'false labor' contractions frequently go away with rest. If they persist more than an hour or so, its best to see your Ob be checked to see if you are in labor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be dilated at 1cm for more then two days with labor contractions?

Could happen....: Active labor is generally defined as regular contractions in a woman who is dilated to 4 centimeters - and making progress towards delivery. You didn't mention if this is a term pregnancy. If not, call the doctor. There are so many variations, though. I remember a patient who was 5 centimeters dilated for weeks before se actually went into active labor. ...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

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Will manzanilla with anise tea help start labor contractions ?

Probably not: First, PLEASE do NOT try to induce labor if it is not yet your due date. When your baby is ready it will start the process. But if you're past your due date and uncomfortable various folk remedies may help. Manzanilla tea may help during labor but is not known to start it. See http://www.natural-pregnancy-midwife.com/ways-to-induce-labor.html & http://tinyurl.com/q6q3n2x for other ideas Good luck! ...Read more

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A naturalist told me that drinking 3-5 cups of chamomile tea can cause labor contractions. Is this true?

A naturalist told me that drinking 3-5 cups of chamomile tea can cause labor contractions. Is this true?

Chamomile: Chamomile can stimulate uterine smooth muscle -- not good in pre-term pregnancy. It increases blood flow in the pelvic and uterine area --it's an emmenogogue which can also induce menstruation. Historically it was also used as an abortifacient. All these are reasons why chamomile isn't recommended in pregnancy, even though many women have safely used it. http://tinyurl.com/px7ymna. ...Read more

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I have a lower left throbbing pain (reminds me of labor contractions) under my ribs. What could this be?

I have a lower left throbbing pain (reminds me of labor contractions) under my ribs. What could this be?

Under ribs would: include the muscles in that location, intercostal rib cage muscles, diaphragm, colon, stomach, small bowel, even heart (much less likely), etc. Study abdominal anatomy online & experiment with what movements/actions consistently change the pain; intensity, location, sensation for better clues. Usually works much better to seek help in person: too many variables. ...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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Can i still have a normal delivery even if I have chocolate cyst? How high is the risk that the cyst may rupture during labor contractions?

Yes and low risk: Pregnancy is actually sort of a hiatus for the endometriosis process. Once pregnant, the presence of a chocolate cyst (e.g. Endometrioma) does not affect your ability to undergo a tol (trial of labor) and achieve a vaginal delivery. Cysts of this nature are quite tenacious and unlikely to be affected, certainly to the point of rupture, by labor contractions. ...Read more

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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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Whenever my bowel movements are moving thru my intestines, I can feel it and its excriciateingly painful like labor contractions painful. Why?

Whenever my bowel movements are moving thru my intestines, I can feel it and its excriciateingly painful like labor contractions painful. Why?

Feels food in guts: You are probably describing visceral hyperalgesia--the heightened sense of gut distension & motility that many patients with irritable bowel syndrome experience, particularly at times of "mass movement." however, the same feeling may occur in response to partial obstruction (whether mechanical or functional). An abdominal obstruction series may reassure you, or may lead to additional studies. ...Read more

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33 weeks pregnant can't sleep at night anymore; left hip feels like going to pop out; have already been in preterm labor contractions come and go but real?

33 weeks pregnant can't sleep at night anymore; left hip feels like going to pop out; have already been in preterm labor contractions come and go but real?

Completely OK: It's hard to be pregnant and have these irritation side effects. Hope you can relax and go out and have fun. You deserve it. Hope the baby makes you very happy. ...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


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Labor Pains (Definition)

Labor pains = rhythmic uterine contractions that occur during delivery ...Read more