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28 wks preggo. Uterine contractions that make it feel like it's hard to breathe. Is this normal? Third pregnancy

28 wks preggo. Uterine contractions that make it feel like it's hard to breathe. Is this normal? Third pregnancy

No: If you are only 28 weeks pregnant and having such severe contractions that it makes it hard to breathe, you need to be seen immediately in your doctor's office or labor and delivery. While false labor is more common in women who have been pregnant several times before, this is only diagnosed by exam and is true labor until shown to be otherwise. See your doctor NOW. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can uterine contractions be felt just in the lower part of abdomen? I am 33 weeks 2nd pregnancy, first born was preterm - 35.5wks.

Can uterine contractions be felt just in the lower part of abdomen? I am 33 weeks 2nd pregnancy, first born was preterm - 35.5wks.

Call the Dr: Although you may be having false contractions it is very important that you keep a line of communication open with your ob. With a prior premi in your history, you are at increased risk of another & all the ob's i work with want to know sooner rather than later when these sort of issues come up. Make the call & find out what indicators they would suggest before u have these events monitored @ l& d. ...Read more

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Uterine contractions at 15 weeks? I couldn't see baby on ultrasound. What does this mean? How to treat it?

Uterine contractions at 15 weeks? I couldn't see baby on ultrasound. What does this mean? How to treat it?

Pregnant?: Are you certain that you are pregnant? at 15 weeks the baby should be easily seen on sonogram. If it was not then this makes me question the pregnancy. If you are having contractions and you are pregnant then this should be evaluated by your doctor ...Read more

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Can low potassium cause uterine contractions?

Can low potassium cause uterine contractions?

Potassium: Potassium flux through potassium channels modulates uterine muscle tension, complicated, read this: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2012947/. ...Read more

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Uterine contractions: what happens during the second stage of labor?

Uterine contractions: what happens during the second stage of labor?

2nd Stage of Labor: This is from the point at which your cervix is fully dilated (10 cm) and the baby is delivered but placenta is not. Depending on whether it is your first pregnancy or not, it can take minutes to hours but usually less than 2 hrs. This is when you will do most of the pushing and can be a risky time for both mother and baby. Babies can get stuck or the uterus or vaginal orifice can be damaged. ...Read more

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Is it safe to masturbate after a vaginal hysterectomy? What will it feel like without uterine contractions?

Is it safe to masturbate after a vaginal hysterectomy? What will it feel like without uterine contractions?

Masterbation: Masterbation should feel the same. Uterine contraction plays little if any role in the sensory experience of orgasm. Pelvic muscles contract during orgasm to produce the "contractile feel". Less than 3% of all women require the uterus to achieve orgasm as it is clitoral stimulation that "works" . A supracervical hysterectomy may be done if one can only orgasm with vaginal penetration. ...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

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


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