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How do I know if I should go to the hospital for contractions?

How do I know if I should go to the hospital for contractions?

Discuss with OB: Decisions about when and where to be evaluated depend a lot on the history of the patient, any risk factors for bleeding, delivering early, problems with baby or mom, even bad weather. If contractions start, pregnant women can begin timing them and noting their strength and call the OB or physician on labor and delivery. If bleeding, preterm, high risk, etc., they can go to hospital by ambulance. ...Read more

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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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I have been having contractions that are like so freaking painful at what point do i know i need to go to the hospital?

I have been having contractions that are like so freaking painful at what point do i know i need to go to the hospital?

Yes - go to the ER.: If your contractions are painful [especially if they are coming every 5-10 minutes] please see a physician ASAP - you may be going into labor or experiencing some pregnancy complication (e.g. abruption). Best of luck! ...Read more

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I am 2cm dilated.. My doctor said when ever I have regular contractios just go to the hospital but i don't know how regular contraction feel like..

Timing: The concept of "regular" refers to the frequency of the contractions and generally would give you a time between to look for.They can be every ten minutes and not be considered a specific problem yet, but some ob's i work with want you to come in if there is 5 minutes or less between the tightening you feel. ...Read more

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How far apart should contractions be before you go to the hospital?

Talk with your doc: This is highly variable, depends upon how many previous childbirths (if any) and how far away you are from the hospital and many other factors like how far along you are. Prepare ahead of time and discuss this with your doc or midwife early in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Not quite: Generally, if you are at or near full term (40wks/ close to your due date) with an uncomplicated pregnancy, you should wait until your contractions are consistently 5 min apart before you go to the hospital. If your water breaks, you have heavy bleeding, or if your baby is not moving, you should go to the hospital immediately. Good luck and congrats! ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks and my stomach is getting really hard and im having contractions should I go to the hospital?

The : The best advice would be to call your obstetrician. They can advise you on when to present to the hospital. If a pregnant woman thinks she is having contractions, the patient is usually right, and it would be reasonable to have this evaluated to see if you are in labor. Obviously if there is any fluid leak then you would need to go in as well. I wish the best to you for your delivery. ...Read more

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36 weeks w/dull back pain, contractions in abdomen 5-7 minutes apart but not painful. 2 deliveries vaginal. When should I go to the hospital?

36 weeks w/dull back pain, contractions in abdomen 5-7 minutes apart but not painful. 2 deliveries vaginal. When should I go to the hospital?

Now!: I would recommend you visit your maternity hospital's emergency/triage room as soon as possible to assess whether you are experiencing late preterm labor. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks and 4 CM dilated and +1 I have pelvic pain shud i go to the hospital but no contractions ?

I am 36 weeks and 4 CM dilated and +1  I have pelvic pain shud i go to the  hospital  but no contractions ?

Probably.: It can be hard to differentiate pelvic pains from contractions, so your pains may be from contractions. Given that you are already 4cm dilated, you should have a pretty low threshhold to go and be checked for any change in pelvic pressure/pain - to see if you are in active labor. ...Read more

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