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Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Is it time to go to the hospital? Contractions every 10 min

Not quite: Generally, if you are at or near full term (40wks/ close to your due date) with an uncomplicated pregnancy, you should wait until your contractions are consistently 5 min apart before you go to the hospital. If your water breaks, you have heavy bleeding, or if your baby is not moving, you should go to the hospital immediately. Good luck and congrats! ...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


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I am a preeclampsia pregnant patient at 34 weeks & I am 3 CM dilated and 80% effaced. Having contractions every hr or so should I go to the hospital?

I am a  preeclampsia pregnant patient at 34 weeks & I am 3 CM dilated and 80% effaced.  Having contractions every hr or so  should I go to the hospital?

Yes: Any time you are preterm with complications and having regular contractions, you should be evaluated. You don't want that baby to drop out on your bathroom floor, nor do you want to have a seizure if your preeclampsia worsens as you labor. It is much better to err on the side of being assessed. If everything is stable , they'll send you home. If not, you are where you need to be. ...Read more

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Having strong contractions since about 8 at night. Contractions are coming every 5 minutes lasting 30-40 secs. What point do I need to go to hospital.

Having strong contractions since about 8 at night. Contractions are coming every 5 minutes lasting 30-40 secs. What point do I need to go to hospital.

Call your OB: call your OB now for instructions. The frequency of contractions is enough to warrant a visit to the hospital, especially not knowing anything else about your pregnancy. Call your OB or if unable, go to ER. ...Read more

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I'm 32 weeks pg contractions r 20mins part some strong but not bad. Have had labor stoped 2 times should I go to hospital.Or just wait. I'm dialated 2cm?

Most people: Are not going to tell you to not go in. The risk of not going in are high if there is a problem. The best thing to do is be in close contact with your doctor. ...Read more

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40 weeks pregnant. Contractions 3-5 min apart for a little over a hour not horribly painful but very uncomfortable . Should I go to the hospital?

Ask your provider: It's always best to call your OB provider if you're considering going to the hospital because it's easier to get a quick answer and provide more details. If it's your first baby and they've only been going for an hour, they may or may not turn into real labor. It's been a few hours since you asked this, so hopefully it's a little clearer now! Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do I know if I should go to the hospital for contractions?

How do I know if I should go to the hospital for contractions?

Discuss with OB: Decisions about when and where to be evaluated depend a lot on the history of the patient, any risk factors for bleeding, delivering early, problems with baby or mom, even bad weather. If contractions start, pregnant women can begin timing them and noting their strength and call the OB or physician on labor and delivery. If bleeding, preterm, high risk, etc., they can go to hospital by ambulance. ...Read more

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How far apart should contractions be before you go to the hospital?

Talk with your doc: This is highly variable, depends upon how many previous childbirths (if any) and how far away you are from the hospital and many other factors like how far along you are. Prepare ahead of time and discuss this with your doc or midwife early in pregnancy. ...Read more