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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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Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Held a warm, wet piece of tp against anus to clean. Felt a contraction around finger. Is this the outside sphincter muscle? Should it be this loose?

Outside/hard to say: The anus has two sphincters before the outlet.An internal automated one that keeps the fecal mass up and seldom dilates unless you are trying to evacuate.The external sphincter is usually closed at rest and you can close it harder if the inner sphincted is opening and you are trying to hold back a stool. Trauma to the outside sphincter or nerve damage can leave it weak and open. ...Read more

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What do contractions feel like?

What do contractions feel like?

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

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What does a contraction feel like?

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

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How contractions feels like at 36 week?

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

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How to tell if I am having contractions?

Labor contractions: Labor contractions become strong, regular and don't cease until delivery. ...Read more

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Am I experiencing a contraction at 22 weeks?

Probably: If this is your second, or more pregnancy, you may be experiencing what are termed 'braxton-hicks' contractions - sort of a practice contraction of the experienced uterus. If there is no discharge from the vagina, and these are short term (although sometimes rather uncomfortable) then you can experience them throughout the pregnancy and they are not a problems. Consult your ob. ...Read more

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Is the shortening of the muslce what a contraction means?

Yes: Muscle contraction shortens the length of the muscle. That is how it make our joints move. ...Read more

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'what happens if i''m having contractions but not dilating?'

'what happens if i''m having contractions but not 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