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Is heartburn part of preterm labour?

Is heartburn part of preterm labour?

Heartburn in Preg: Heartburn is very common in pregnancy. From a hormonal standpoint your gut relaxes and acid rises up. From a mechanical standpoint your growing pregnancy will push up on your stomach. These are not signs of preterm labor though; you would feel much stronger contractions. ...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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Is 3cm a normal cervical length for 21 weeks pregnant? What is the risk of preterm labor?

Is 3cm a normal cervical length for 21 weeks pregnant? What is the risk of preterm labor?

Yes: We don't worry about cervical shortening until less than 2.5cm. Your doctor may want to increase surveillance of your cervix meaning more ultrasounds. Risk for preterm labor is previous history of preterm labor. Hopefully it stays nice and long! ...Read more

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Is painful contraction sign of early labor?

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. ...Read more

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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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How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

How possible is preterm labor with very frequent braxton hicks at 30 weeks?

Timing is everything: If the frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions with a timed shortened interval, then that is actual labor when it gets down to 5 to 7 minutes whereupon you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe ...Read more

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I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

I've had most of the signs of preterm labor, could i be going into preterm labor?

Need Exam: The only way to check or rule out preterm labor is with monitoring & exam. See your OB for evaluation and ffn testing. This will help screen you for risks of cervical softening or change. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there a tight link between first trimester subchorionic hemorrhage and second trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes?

Is there a tight link between first trimester subchorionic hemorrhage and second trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes?

Yes: The subchorionic hemorrhage needs to be followed closely. Most resolve with rest and decreased activity. If they do not, and bleeding continues, they can progress to cause miscarriage or PPROM. ...Read more

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Pregnant with triplet.Have history of preterm labor 29 weeks (twins) due to rupture membrane.Is it important to do cervical cerclage? (cervix is fine)

Pregnant with triplet.Have history of preterm labor 29 weeks (twins) due to rupture membrane.Is it important to do cervical cerclage? (cervix is fine)

Hmmmm. : Let's see. You had preterm labor at 29 weeks with twins and are pregnant with triplets? I'd go for cerclage given the risk of an incompetent cervix is present with 3 babies. I'm guessing you see a perinatologist? If that's what she/he is recommending, i'd sign up for it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Uterine contractions: what happens during the second stage of labor?

Uterine contractions: what happens during the second stage of labor?

2nd Stage of Labor: This is from the point at which your cervix is fully dilated (10 cm) and the baby is delivered but placenta is not. Depending on whether it is your first pregnancy or not, it can take minutes to hours but usually less than 2 hrs. This is when you will do most of the pushing and can be a risky time for both mother and baby. Babies can get stuck or the uterus or vaginal orifice can be damaged. ...Read more

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Is pelvic pressure a early sign of pregnacy?

Is pelvic pressure a early sign of pregnacy?

Not really : But a positive pregnancy test is a really good sign. If you think you are pregnant why not check a pregnancy test? In minutes you will have your answer. ...Read more

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Is preterm rupture of membrane is the same as preterm labor? What happens to the baby?

Is preterm rupture of membrane is the same as preterm labor? What happens to the baby?

Not the same: A premature rupture of membranes (also known as "PROM") means that your water breaks before you actually go into labor. If this happens for more than 12-18 hours before you go into labor, then yes, this is harmful for the baby. It could lead to an infection. This risk is even higher if you are GBS positive. If your water breaks prematurely, you should call your Ob/Gyn to discuss the game plan. ...Read more

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TVS measured cervical length [email protected] to [email protected], fFN+, cramping/backache, spotting. Normal shortening of CL? What's the risk of preterm labor?

TVS measured cervical length 56mm@20wks to 38mm@27wks, fFN+, cramping/backache, spotting. Normal shortening of CL? What's the risk of preterm labor?

Very real risk: The positive fetal fibronectin suggests that the risk is very real and treatment to prevent/stop preterm labor +/- steroids to hasten lung maturity should be considered based on your particular case. If one is available I would guess your OB wants to consult a maternal-fetal medicine specialist ( a doctor who specializes in high risk pregnancies). Best wishes to you and the baby. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is considered a preterm labor?

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Uterus+cervix change: Labor is the presence of regular contractions plus change in the cervix. When labor occurs before term, or 37 completed weeks of gestation, then it is considered preterm labor. If born too early, the premature newborn faces some problems like difficulty breathing, poor resistance to infection, bleeding in the head, etc. An OB expert needs to evaluate all cases and determine whether to try to stop. ...Read more

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Is frequently passing of gas a sign of labour in due pregnancy?

No: The best sign of that is increasing frequency of contractions or increasing pressure down low. ...Read more

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Period type pains is it sign of labour?

It can be: Period type pain can be the start of labor. But the cramps will get much more intense and come and go every 5 minutes or so. Other causes of cramping pain include bladder infections and false labor pains called braxton-hicks contractions. ...Read more

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Preterm Labor (Definition)

Preterm labor =regular uterine contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy with accompanying cervical changes ...Read more


Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more