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My contractions have never been painful (2nd pregnancy) until they break my water. How will i know when they are strong enough to be doing anything?

My contractions have never been painful (2nd pregnancy) until they break my water. How will i know when they are strong enough to be doing anything?

Youll know: Regular contractions that take your breath away are thought to be real enough to cause cervical change. Most women don't miss it. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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What is mild contractions during pregnancy?

What is mild contractions during pregnancy?

Braxton hicks: many times a patient experiences mild to moderate contractions during pregnancy. These contractions are ineffective at causing any dilation and are usually termed Braxton Hicks contractions some refer to these as the uterus practicing for labor. if they become regular or concerning call or visit your OB ...Read more

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When baby balls up is it considered a contraction? 3rd pregnancy never felt this before

Yes: When your uterus gets hard and feels "balled up," that is a uterine contraction. Its common to have them near term. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I am 13weeks pregnant, my utz revealed focal contractions, how is this relieved and how will it affect my baby and pregnancy?

I am 13weeks pregnant, my utz revealed focal contractions, how is this relieved and how will it affect my baby and pregnancy?

Ask 4 clarification: This is term that is rarely used but can be used to signify an area of there uterine myometrium that is contracting while the rest of the uterus is soft. It has no known clinical significance and is not a commonly used term. I would ask the doctor who mentioned this sonographic finding to explain what was meant and to clarify for you if any intervention was needed. ...Read more

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How can i start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy ?

Not a good idea...: Most Obs won't induce labor until at least 39 weeks. This is because babies do best when they are allowed to mature in utero. Even at 38 weeks an occasional baby is born that needs to be in the NICU due to breathing difficulties. If you want to go into labor, I would discuss this with you Ob. There are a lot of ideas on the internet about how to start contractions but some can be harmful. ...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