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How Pregnancy Contractions Feel
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
2nd or 3rd trimester: Braxton hicks contractions are most commonly felt during the 3rd trimester, though they may begin in the 2nd trimester. Dehydration can increase the amount of these contractions. It's different for everyone, and not every pregnant woman will experience braxton hicks contractions. ...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
BH are irregular : Bh uterine contractions boe not exhibit a pattern; they start in different focuses of the uterus without a effective wave of contractions, since they are not synchronized they does not produce cervical dilatation. Must commonly the patient will report back and suprapubic pain. True labor contractions exhibit a defined pattern and start at the top of the uterus .Then they get closer and more painf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me when does a women start getting braxton hicks during her pregnancy, what do they feel like?
Usually in 3rd trime: But it can be earlier. They typically feel like painless tightening, that lasts for a half minute or so. ...Read more
Braxton hicks 23 wks: Call your doctor this AM and discuss. Usually do not have B-H that early (usually 3rd trimester, 2nd is early, so is a bit early) may be UTI or pre-term labor. Drink water and do not dehydrate as that can precipitate. Relax, lie down. Call you doctor this AM immediately ...Read more
How far apart?: You can expect braxton-hicks contractions up until you go into labor. They are irregular and nonpainful. When your contractions are painful, regular, and 5 minutes apart, for more than an hour, go to the hospital, as this represents true contractions. You should also go to the hospital if you have vaginal bleeding or fluid, or decreased fetal movement. ...Read more
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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