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What is mild contractions during pregnancy?

What is mild contractions during pregnancy?

Braxton hicks: Many times a patient experiences mild to moderate contractions during pregnancy. These contractions are ineffective at causing any dilation and are usually termed Braxton Hicks contractions some refer to these as the uterus practicing for labor. if they become regular or concerning call or visit your OB ...Read more

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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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When baby balls up is it considered a contraction? 3rd pregnancy never felt this before

Yes: When your uterus gets hard and feels "balled up, " that is a uterine contraction. Its common to have them near term. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pregnancy contractions after sex?

Common: There are prostaglandins in semen. Prostaglandins cause uterine contractions. In fact, we use prostaglandins to soften the cervix at the beginning of a labor induction. The contractions after intercourse aren't usually a problem unless you a reason to avoid them such as a history of pre-term labor, bleeding, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My contractions have never been painful (2nd pregnancy) until they break my water. How will I know when they are strong enough to be doing anything?

My contractions have never been painful (2nd pregnancy) until they break my water. How will I know when they are strong enough to be doing anything?

You'll know: Regular contractions that take your breath away are thought to be real enough to cause cervical change. Most women don't miss it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 13weeks pregnant, my utz revealed focal contractions, how is this relieved and how will it affect my baby and pregnancy?

I am 13weeks pregnant, my utz revealed focal contractions, how is this relieved and how will it affect my baby and pregnancy?

Ask 4 clarification: This is term that is rarely used but can be used to signify an area of there uterine myometrium that is contracting while the rest of the uterus is soft. It has no known clinical significance and is not a commonly used term. I would ask the doctor who mentioned this sonographic finding to explain what was meant and to clarify for you if any intervention was needed. ...Read more

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How can I start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy?

Not a good idea...: Most Obs won't induce labor until at least 39 weeks. This is because babies do best when they are allowed to mature in utero. Even at 38 weeks an occasional baby is born that needs to be in the NICU due to breathing difficulties. If you want to go into labor, I would discuss this with you Ob. There are a lot of ideas on the internet about how to start contractions but some can be harmful. ...Read more

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I feel like I'm having contractions that are terrible in my back and my pelvis, I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it said negative. I have this p?

I feel like I'm having contractions that are terrible in my back and my pelvis, I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it said negative. I have this p?

Abdominal pain: Long list of differential diagnosis; would need more information Are you having any changes in your bowels ie: constipation, diarrhea? Are you having any GYN symptoms: vag discharge, pain with sex? any urinary tract symptoms------you need to see your doctor or go to the ER and have an evaluation---any history of ovarian cysts are your periods normal? On birth control? ...Read more

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I'm experiencing a constant dull back ache that feels worse with contractions, im 40w1d pregnant with my 1st pregnancy. Should I go to l&d?

I'm experiencing a constant dull back ache that feels worse with contractions, im 40w1d pregnant with my 1st pregnancy. Should I go to l&d?

Back labor: Yes. Go to labor and delivery to have a labor evaluation and to be sure there is no placental problem starting. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pain like braxton Hicks contractions rated at an 8, lasted 5mins. I terminated my pregnancy Aug 20th at 8weeks if that has to do with it and I'm 18?

Pain like braxton Hicks contractions rated at an 8, lasted 5mins. I terminated my pregnancy Aug 20th at 8weeks if that has to do with it and I'm 18?

Yes: Your uterus is contracting to shrink down to normal size. Another consideration is that they did not get all the tissue out of your uterus when they did the abortion and your uterus is contracting against this tissue. I think it is best to be seen and make sure their are no products of conception in the uterus. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have braxton hicks contractions as early as 23 weeks in pregnancy?

Sometimes: Braxton-hicks contractions can start in the first trimester and get stronger, longer, and more frequent as pregnancy progresses. Sometimes they can be mistaken for labor pains. If you are concerned that you may be in true labor, please call your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Does green tea cause contractions or induce labor? I've been told that it does for people in the later stage of pregnancy.

Does green tea cause contractions or induce labor? I've been told that it does for people in the later stage of pregnancy.

No evidence: I've checked multiple resources and can find no evidence that green tea will induce labor. It's not even among the traditional herbal labor inducers. There could be some caffeine in green tea, though. So it appears this is one of those internet things that don't bear up under examination. If wanting to induce your labor, please talk with your ob-gyn physician. ...Read more

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I don't remember having contractions/braxton hicks during my first pregnancy so could that be what I am feeling? How would I know?

Braxton Hicks: Braxton Hicks contractions are mild cases of uterine contractions that can be felt by placing your hand on the abdomen and feeling tightening or firmness which comes and goes. You probably had them during your first pregnancy, but did not recognize them. Consider them a rehearsal by Mother Nature for the main concert which is labor. ...Read more

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Braxton hicks contractions at 21 weeks. Is it normal? This is my second pregnancy, first viable one. I thought it was the baby balling up but no.

Braxton hicks contractions at 21 weeks. Is it normal? This is my second pregnancy, first viable one. I thought it was the baby balling up but no.

Yes: It is possible to feel Braxton Hicks as early as 16 weeks. Normally It lasts about 30 seconds & may feel once or twice an hour. Some experts think Braxton Hicks contractions toned uterine muscles, cervix & prepare it for labor contractions! Make sure you know the difference between Braxton Hicks with labor contractions & other complications. Always check with your Obstetrician for certainty. ...Read more

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Hi, can having an orgasm after cervical stitch cause contractions, or any problems to the baby/pregnancy. 24 wks with 5 cm long cervix with stitch.?

Hi, can having an orgasm after cervical stitch cause contractions, or any problems to the baby/pregnancy. 24 wks with 5 cm long cervix with stitch.?

Cerclage: It appears you are asking about a cervical cerclage. In general nonpenetrative sexual activity is not restricted in women with a cerclage. Vaginal intercourse is restricted because the suture material for the cerclage is very sharp and can cause injury. Of course individual cases must be addressed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, am 38 weeks pregnant now, but I keep having strong contractions on daily basis, and this is my first pregnancy. Does it mean am close to deliver?

Maybe: Having a few contractions on a daily basis near term is normal. It doesn't necessarily mean you are about to deliver. If your contractions are close together so that you can time them and they are 5 minutes apart or so for more than an hour, you may be going into labor. If you are uncertain, you can go to your hospital's labor and delivery unit and they will tell you for sure. ...Read more

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The pain feels like contractions I've had 3 kids the pain started like a month ago but it's getting worse and it also hurts on my left side don't know if I might have a fallopian tube pregnancy I'm using nexplanon?

The pain feels like contractions I've had 3 kids the pain started like a month ago but it's getting worse and it also hurts on my left side don't know if I might have a fallopian tube pregnancy I'm using nexplanon?

Check pregnancy: You need a pregnancy test immediately. If the pain is severe you need to see a doctor right away. It could be a twisted ovary or other serious problem. ...Read more

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Colicky pelvic pain (uterine contraction) is this sure sign of PMS or it may occur in early pregnancy?

Colicky pelvic pain (uterine contraction) is this sure sign of PMS or it may occur in early pregnancy?

Pelvic pain: Contractions should be occurring in early pregnancy normal, unless you are miscarrying. Pms has nothing to do with pregnancy and may present with some unpleasant sensations. To rule out pregnancy, you will need to do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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This is my first pregnancy and I'm having low contractions with a very sore groin. What does this mean?

Get evaluated...: It would be helpful to know how many weeks you are. In general, if you are having contractions that persist more than 1-2 hours, you should go to the hospital for evaluation. It can mean you are in labor or pre-term labor. It can also happen if you have a bladder infection. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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

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I hv muscle contraction in lower abdomin, could be sign of early pregnancy, means is implantation hurts? Cause any cramps? I am so hopful?

I hv muscle contraction in lower abdomin, could be sign of early pregnancy, means is implantation hurts? Cause any cramps? I am so hopful?

Possibly: Symptoms to watch for early on include a missed period, headaches, tender breasts, nausea and lower backaches. If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Is it common to be nauseous while having contractions @ 34 weeks or should I be concerned? 1st pregnancy, stopped procardia (nifedipine) 2 days ago for ptl

Call your OBGYN NOW: Should not be nauseated necessarily and why did they stop it before 36-37 weeks unless u were having problems or it was not working? If u are nauseated need to make sure your BP is not going up or that u do not have any other problems and if u don't anti- nausea meds can be given to u like zofran (ondansetron) - safe and it works so call your OB now and any further issues should be directed 1st to your OB! ...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