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Hi, my wife went to the er yesterday because she wasn't feeling our baby move a lot....she is almost 32 weeks, when we got there they discovered she was having contractions every 3-7 minutes....her cervix seemed closed and the preterm labor test came?

Hi, my wife went to the er yesterday because she wasn't feeling our baby move a lot....she is almost 32 weeks, when we got there they discovered she was having contractions every 3-7 minutes....her cervix seemed closed and the preterm labor test came?

Happens in pregnancy: Quite common occurrence. You can have contractions without cervical dilation and that's ok. If the cervix starts to shorten or dilate, you may need steroids to help boost the babies lungs/brain etc. For now, lots of hydration and rest at home

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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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I am13 weeks pregnant and having contractions is dis normal?

I am13 weeks pregnant and having contractions is dis normal?

No: Cramping in early pregnancy is not normal. If you are having bleeding associated with it you are at risk for miscarriage. See your doctor if it persists. Take care! ...Read more

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Can my pregnant sister's doctor detect herbal inducers? She is a teen mother, 6 months pregnant and having contractions. She didn't want the pregnancy

Unlikely, but: If there is any indication from her actions that she tried to abort the pregnancy at this stage the attending physicians will refer to child & family services that will investigate her and the family. This one attempt could end up keeping cps in her life forever. If she triggers a delivery they may charge her with felony child endangerment. ...Read more

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I'm 24 weeks pregnant I been having contractions since thursday is their anything I can do to ease the pain?

I'm 24 weeks pregnant I been having contractions since thursday is their anything I can do to ease the pain?

Please call your OB: Asap, u need immediate evaluation to make sure u are not going into premature labor and if u are the contractions need to be stopped asap so please call your OB asap and if the OB does not call back then go to the labor room now! ...Read more

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I'm having contractions without being pregnant. My tubes are tied and burnt. Is something wrong? Serious question!

I'm having contractions without being pregnant. My tubes are tied and burnt. Is something wrong? Serious question!

Seriously, I don't: Think of any serious problems unless there's serious persistent symptoms like weight loss, loss of appetite, bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation etc. Get checked for problems with uterus, ovaries, intestines, bladder etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I feel like I am having contractions but I'm not pregnant. Is this weird?

Not necessarily: Contractions are just cramping of the muscle. The uterus may contract when a woman is not pregnant - menstrual cramps are "contractions" of the uterine muscle. In addition, a female orgasm is accompanied by uterine contractions. However, some rhythmic pains in the lower abdomen may be the result of intestinal or ovarian pain. If these persist, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 33 weeks pregnant and I think I'm having contractions. When should I worry? And how can I tell if they are the real thing?

5 min apart: If you are consistently having regular contractions over time then you should be seen in labor and delivery to be evaluated for preterm labor. ...Read more

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I don't think I'm pregnant but been having contractions all day what should I do?

Get pregnancy test: Check a pregnancy test first. If negative, constipation is a common reason for "contraction" like pain (especially in your left lower abdomen). Also, bladder infections, kidney, stomach / bowel problems (aka gastroenteritis). If you are having fever or your pain is worsening, go to the nearest ER. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 36 weeks pregnant and ama be 37 this sunday. I been having contractions in the mornings and night time. Is this normal?

Yes, definitely: The question is.... Are the contractions strong enough to cause labor? If they are 5 minutes apart and taking your breath away, then you should probably go to the hospital. If you can breathe through them without difficulty and they are just kind of in the background, likely just braxton hicks. Contractions such as this can go on for weeks before true labor. If worried, always go to l;d. ...Read more

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Is having contractions only for pregnant women?

Is having contractions only for pregnant women?

Please ask again: What? There are a number of type of contractions, such as how the colon moves stool through to the anus or how the clitoris or penis stimulation with orgasm. Uterine contractions when in labor are felt by pregnant females only. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your having contractions pregnant?

What does it mean when your having contractions pregnant?

Get checked: Depnding on how frequent your contractions are it could be false labor or premature labor. Please see your doctor as soon as possible if you are having contractions. ...Read more

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I am 24 weeks and 1 day pregnant and 5 1/2 CM dielated and having contractions every day?

Need checkes: Most people with your situation would be hospitalized at a location with a nursery able to handle such an early infant. You physician would be the best to answer any questions you have. ...Read more

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I am 9 months pregnant and only dilated 0.5cm but having contractions every 6 minutes lasting 60 seconds for about an hour. What should I do?

I am 9 months pregnant and only dilated 0.5cm but having contractions every 6 minutes lasting 60 seconds for about an hour. What should I do?

Prodromal labor: Like a conductor at the symphony, the uterine contractions "practice" at longer time intervals until the "concert" actually begins. Prodromal (early) labor will eventually shorten the contractions to every 3 to 4 minutes apart and the "real symphoney" will begin. So, wait it out for now. ...Read more

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26 wks pregnant, having contractions every 15-20 minutes. They aren't painful and don't last long. I can still feel baby kicking. Is this normal?

Contractions: Can be normal, but if happening every 15-20 minutes and haven't stopped, please call your obstetrician and alert her/him of your symptoms ...Read more

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My sister is 33 weeks pregnant and has been having contractions, and getting worse today, what to do?

My sister is 33 weeks pregnant and has been having contractions, and getting worse today, what to do?

Call OB or L&D: For anything out of the ordinary, a pregnant woman should call her OB provider. Even if things are ok at the time of the call, if the symptoms persist or worsen, she should call again or go to labor and delivery (l&d) at a nearby hospital. Obs there are accustomed to evaluating and informing patients about what is happening and when someone should be treated or go home. But do tell your OB office. ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks pregnant and have been having contractions. My doctors gave meds to stop labor but they aren't working. What should I do?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and have been having contractions. My doctors gave meds to stop labor but they aren't working. What should I do?

Hospital: You should go to the hospital as you may deliver prematurely, if the contractions are regular and progressing. ...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