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Doctor insights on: How To Make Yourself Go Into Early Labor

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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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I got really scared cause a centipede crawled on me. I'm almost 31 weeks and I feel a bit of cramping. Can I go into early labor cause of this?

I got really scared cause a centipede crawled on me. I'm almost 31 weeks and I feel a bit of cramping. Can I go into early labor cause of this?

No: Centipedes are not dangerous to humans and definitely can't cause labor. The most serious thing would be a local reaction at the site of a bite, if, in fact, the centipede bit you. You would know if you were having an allergic reaction to a bite as your skin would redden, possibly swell. If that's not happening, there's nothing to worry about and cramping may be due to dehydration.

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Is it possible that you can go into early labor with little or no pain? I've been having cramp like pains in my pelvis and lower back. What should I do

Is it possible that you can go into early labor with little or no pain? I've been having cramp like pains in my pelvis and lower back. What should I do

Possibly: Early labor may not be too painful, but often neither are braxton-hicks contractions (so I'm told). You should discuss this with your OB (can start w/phone call), might want you checked more formally, or might be able to identify by experience.

Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia Dr. Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
17 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Maureen Mays Dr. Mays
Clinical Lipidology
years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Could I be in early labor?

Could I be in early labor?

Call triage: If you think you are in labor, call the triage unit of the hospital where you plan to deliver. You should have that number, but if you don't, just call the hospital main number and ask for the labor and deliver and then tell them you think you're in labor and need to talk to someone. The triage nurses in l & d are very helpful and will help you figure out when to go in.

Dr. Phillip Goebel Dr. Goebel
Emergency Medicine
12 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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What are signs of early labor?

What are signs of early labor?

Early labor: Pelvic or back cramping that comes and goes every few minutes. You may also expel a mucous plug or fluid from your vagina. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy.

Dr. Mikael Brisinger Dr. Brisinger
Obstetrics & Gynecology
29 years in practice
Karolinska Institute Faculty of Medicine
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How long can early labor last?

Days: Early or prodromal labor can actually last for days.

Dr. Adam Newman Dr. Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What are some early labor signs?

What are some early labor signs?

As follows;: Cramping which starts out far apart and becomes more regular and more painful. You may leak fluid and may have bleeding. If you are ever unsure, check with your doctor right away.

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Dr. Timothy Gorski Dr. Gorski
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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How do you send yourself into early labor?

BAD IDEA!: Trying to make yourself go into labor is a bad idea. The last thing to grow up is the baby's lungs so it is important not to deliver much before your due date anyway. Even when labor is induced in the hospital, it is very important to monitor the baby. Trying to induce your own labor - by any means - could hurt or even kill your baby.

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Dr. Gerard Honore Dr. Honore
Fertility Medicine
25 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What are the signs/symptoms of early labor?

What are the signs/symptoms of early labor?

Signs of: labor at any point in time are regular, painful contractions that cause cervical change. No change in cervix = no labor. If it's before the 38th completed week it is considered "early" labor. Call your doctor promptly if this is happening, and good wishes.

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Dr. JUSTIN Aurbach Dr. Aurbach
Dentistry - Endodontics
48 years in practice
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What are signs of early labor and when is to early?

Short light contract: Early signs of labor may have short mild contractions. As labor progresses more intense contractions with shorter intervals between contractions.

Dr. Cynthia Palabrica Dr. Palabrica
Obstetrics & Gynecology
29 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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I think I'm having contractions and in early labor but I'm really not sure..

Prodromal labor: Assuming you are term, prodromal labor can last two hours, two days, two weeks. Try pushing fluids and changing positions. If this persists going in to be monitored would be worthwhile.

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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Isn't it better to walk when you are in early labor?

If you want not alon: It is a personal preference, but if you want to walk your way through the early labor pains do not do it alone! Have a reliable person right next to you at all times and stay very near to your birthing center so that your obstetrician can help you and your baby in case of emergencies (rupture of membranes, cord prolapse, placental abruption, hypotension, fainting).

Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas Dr. Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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If I'm due a month early could going into early labor change the conception date or is the conception date still be the same regardless of early birth?

If I'm due a month early could going into early labor change the conception date or is the conception date still be the same regardless of early birth?

Real date unchanged: The real conception date never changes, no matter what happens (it is the day the baby was created by a sperm entering an egg). Your estimate of the conception date may change, especially if your estimate of the due date changes. If the doctor says the due date is expected to be a month earlier, then the estimated conception date is also a month earlier.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I am 37 weeks and 2 days I am having severe back pains and I am having to go to the bathroom more frequently than normal. Is this a sign of early labor?

I am 37 weeks and 2 days I am having severe back pains and I am having to go to the bathroom more frequently than normal. Is this a sign of early labor?

Pain: As one gets longer into a pregnancy and as the weight of the child increases so does the back pain. The pressure of the growing child on the bladder is what leads to the increasing bathroom visits.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Pain in pelvis at 34 weeks means early labor?

Pain in pelvis at 34 weeks means early labor?

Not necessarily: It could be pressure from the uterus/baby. Talk with your doctor if you have marked pain.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Can masturbation bring on early labor?

It may in some: It may induce contractions in some but not always and not for every one.

Dr. Joel Rivera Jimenez Dr. Rivera Jimenez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Is painful contraction sign of early labor?

Labor: Contractions can mean you are going into labor. Someties women get what is called braxton hicks contractions, sometimes called 'practice contractions' that intensify more during the latter part of your pregnancy. Signs of labor are uterine contractions, pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, rupture of membrane, back pain etc.