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Doctor insights on: Home Remedies For Inducing Labor Contractions

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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

Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Labor Pains (Definition)

Labor is described in three stages, and together these stages complete the delivery and the passage of the placenta. Stage One The first stage is the process of reaching full cervical dilatation. This begins with the onset of uterine labor contractions, and it is the longest phase of labor. The first stage is divided into three phases: ...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)?

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?

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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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

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Labor Induction (Definition)

Induction of labor to deliver the baby sooner may be considered when there are maternal or fetal indications that continuing the ...Read more