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How Long Does Uterine Contractions Associated With Preterm Labor Last
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
I was having contractions and preterm labor last nite, today im cramping and have a dark brown slimy discharge... Is it from the exam i had last nite ?
Could be: Could be, but we don't know. It could be your mucous plug or ruptured membrane. You should be seen again. ...Read more
Pain & frequency: True labor is generally painful, or at least associated with pelvic pressure and/or backache. True contractions come every 5-10 minutes, whereas false contractions of braxton-hicks come every 30 minutes. If in doubt, consult your obstetrician asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had m/c at 20w. It happened suddenly but was very painful. But before that i had much contractions. So was it preterm labor or incompetent cervix?
I am sorry: Sorry to hear of your miscarriage. Without and exam, it would be tough to tell you if you had an incompetent cervix, vs whether or not it was pre-term labor. Miscarriages are unfortunately more common that you would have thought, until you have one and realize how many other couples had one too. I have personal friends who have had miscarriages and we never found out any definitive reasons.G-bless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??
My doc said he will not stop preterm labor at 34wks. Having very freq. But non reg. Contractions and cramps. What should I do since he wont stop labor?
Your doc knows you: Your doc has been following you all along and knows when it is safer for you to have the baby. As i said earlier, 34 wks is a good age and baby will do well. So, if your doc is saying it is ok, i would follow his/her recommendation/care. Good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a micro preemie at 24 weeks due to a uterine infection that caused preterm labor. How likely am i to have another preemie?
Varies: If it was truly due to an infection and that infection is treated and cured, you would be at no higher risk than usual.However, if there were other contributing circumstances, like early cervical shortening, any abnormalities of uterus, then the risk could be a lot higher. It's an excellent thing to talk to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist about and what you can do pre-pregnancy to prevent. ...Read more
Is it safe to be on procardia (nifedipine) and vistril multiple times a day for multiple weeks to prevent preterm labor? Started having contractions at 30wks.
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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