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Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Difference between braxton hicks contractions, trimesteral uterine contractions and regular labor contractions??

Cervical change: Braxton-Hicks contractions are real contractions, but are not putting you into labor, as evidenced by changing your cervix. Keep well hydrated, and time them. If they are coming ever 5 minutes, you need to be evaluated by your obstetrician. ...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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What are braxton hicks contractions?

What are braxton hicks contractions?

Practice contraction: Braxton hicks contractions can happen at anytime during your pregnancy. They tend to be milder and more irregular than the contractions you get during labor. In general they are practice contractions that normally occur. If you have contractions more than 4 times in an hour and are preterm, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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Will having amnio cause preterm labor?

Will having amnio cause preterm labor?

It can.: Amniocentesis involves introducing a fine needle into the pregnancy sac to retrieve some amniotic fluid for fetal dna testing. That technique had inherent risks for complications, including preterm labor and preterm premature rupture of membranes. The risk for any of these complications to occur is <1%, but is real and devastating if they do occur. ...Read more

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38 wks preg Moody, passed mucus plug yesterday, cramping and back pain, extremely tired. Contractions irregular 2cm 50% effaced Dd 7/29-8/3 labor soon?

38 wks preg Moody, passed mucus plug yesterday, cramping and back pain, extremely tired. Contractions irregular 2cm 50% effaced Dd 7/29-8/3 labor soon?

Labor: Yes. After passing the mucous plug the labor will begin soon but may be delayed for up to a week afterward. Try to get some rest and notify your obstetrician that you passed the mucous plug. Congratulations! You will have a beautiful baby soon. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant- feel intermittent quivers in abdomen- not hiccups or hicks. Uterine spasms?

29 weeks pregnant- feel intermittent quivers in abdomen- not hiccups or hicks. Uterine spasms?

Maybe Braxton-Hicks: Also known as false-labor practice contractions which can start very early in pregnacy but typically not felt until late second or early third trimester. They should be infrequent, irregular, brief 1-2 min, and only mild cramping. Make sure u keep well hydrated. If contractions are regular, forceful/crampy, please consult doc asap as it could be pre-term labor. Congrats and best of luck to you. ...Read more

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How to relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions at 23 weeks?

How to relieve Braxton Hicks Contractions at 23 weeks?

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

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39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

39wks pregnant, 3rd child, dull/achy back pain, random contractions that feel like menstrual cramps. Onset of labor?

Labor: Absolutely can be signs of labor. All the symptoms you are listing, either alone or in combination can indicate labor. Start thinking of names. ...Read more

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Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

For some: Some feel cramping at this time. Some do not. If you feel your are out of the ordinary contact your obgyn for evaluation to exclude preterm labor ...Read more

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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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34 weeks preg sharp pains in vagina that take my breath away. Cramp like pains accompany. Preterm labor?

34 weeks preg sharp pains in vagina that take my breath away. Cramp like pains accompany. Preterm labor?

Call your OB now: Call your OB now. You could be in labor or it could be Braxton Hicks contractions, (false labor). At 34 weeks, you do not need to worry about about a premature baby, your baby's lungs have sufficiently developed. Congratulations and good luck. ...Read more

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What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

What do Braxton Hicks contractions feel like?

Cramping: Pregnant women experience braxton-hicks in many different ways. Most commonly they feel like menstrual cramps, tightening or hardening of the abdomen, pelvic pressure, and low back ache. ...Read more

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34/35 wks preg dd 7/29-8/3 extreme back/vaginal/lower abdominal pain contractions last couple wks discharge & feeling of leaking on self preterm labor?

34/35 wks preg dd 7/29-8/3 extreme back/vaginal/lower abdominal pain contractions last couple wks discharge & feeling of leaking on self preterm labor?

Go to L&D: The symptoms you describe warrant an exam by your doctor or a doctor covering for Labor & Delivery. You need to rule out preterm rupture of membranes, as well as preterm labor. Go now. ...Read more

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When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

When in actual labour do you still experience braxton hicks contractions?

Nope!: You trade up for the real things! some labor contractions aren't even as painful as some braxton-hicks, but they eventually make it there. ...Read more

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36 weeks having contractions. Some are painful some aren't that bad &' im having back pain &' period like cramps? Is this braxton hicks or real labor?

36 weeks having contractions. Some are painful some aren't that bad &' im having back pain &' period like cramps? Is this braxton hicks or real labor?

Possibly: Back pain and contractions are signs of pregnancy but it depends. If you use a watch and time the contractions and if they seem more consistent and closer in time apart then that could be a true sign of labor. I would call your OB/GYN and discuss and other specific symptoms. These symptoms include and vaginal discharge, water, etc. ...Read more

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Can having a bunch of braxton hicks contractions all through your 3rd trimester facilitate childbirth?

As long as: It doesn't cause premature labor, usually it will have your cervix more ripe when u do go into labor , I am sure your doctor will start checking your cervix at 37 weeks or earlier if you are having too many contractions, and the doc can tell u where u are at. ...Read more

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30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

30 weeks Pregnant -abdominal period cramping, Braxton hicks more than usual and gas that feels stuck?

May be preterm labor: Those regular contractions could be preterm labor. One should be checked out by her Ob-Gyn doctor. That may mean going to the hospital and staying in the Labor and Delivery ward to be monitored to see what is going on. Meanwhile, a patient should avoid physical activities or having sex until getting checked out. A baby born at 30 weeks is much too early, so hopefully the uterus calms down. ...Read more

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27wks pregnant. Cervix monitored+on progesterone pessaries. Bub breech kicks down low feels like shes kicking my cervix. Can this cause cx dilation?

27wks pregnant. Cervix monitored+on progesterone pessaries. Bub breech kicks down low feels like shes kicking my cervix. Can this cause cx dilation?

Crevix dilatation: The simple answer is yes, but don't be too concerned. I have two twin daughters age 8. They were delivered 7-8 weeks early and had a combined birth-weight of 2 kilos (about 4 lbs). I could hold each of them in the palm of my hand. They have been thriving since leaving the hospital those many years ago and are gorgeous (not that I am biased). Be patient and you will have a wonderful daughter. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

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


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Labor Pains (Definition)

Labor pains = rhythmic uterine contractions that occur during delivery ...Read more