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My previous labor lasted over 15 hours; will my next labor also take that long?

My previous labor lasted over 15 hours; will my next labor also take that long?

Depends : In general, labor is shorter with second and third pregnancies but not always. The position of the baby, the size of the baby, how far along you are influence the length of labor. Some complications like gestational diabetes can also influence the length of labor as well. ...Read more

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For the last 4 hours i've been getting frequent long lasting painless braxton hicks contractions. I'm 30 weeks pregnant. They last for about 15 mins. Is this labor?

For the last 4 hours i've been getting frequent long lasting painless braxton hicks contractions. I'm 30 weeks pregnant. They last for about 15 mins. Is this labor?

Needs evaluation : Generally we advised patients to go to labor and delivery to be evaluated if their contractions are five minutes apart for at least an hour. At 30 weeks you will need to be evaluated to see if this is preterm labor or braxton hicks. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor, such as increasing contractions or fluid leakages
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If the baby is not moving, do kick counts, and keep in mind that you should feel 10 in two hours
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Call your doctor with any questions or concerns
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I'm 31 weeks pg, last 4 days diareha. I go 4 few hrs then stops 4 few hrs & repeats, even in the night. History of preterm labor, could this be labor?

I'm 31 weeks pg, last 4 days diareha. I go 4 few hrs then stops 4 few hrs & repeats, even in the night. History of preterm labor, could this be labor?

Please call your OB : Recurrent idarrhea can cause a significant loss of electrolytes(sodium, potassium, etc.) and can trigger early labor. Call your OB now as at 31 weeks a delivery will result in a nicu baby(intensive care ). ...Read more

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Dizziness at night past few days. Had brain CT 1.5 years ago which was clear. Feel faint feeling/neck pain. Excessive gas as well. Life threatening?

Dizziness at night past few days. Had brain CT 1.5 years ago which was clear. Feel faint feeling/neck pain. Excessive gas as well. Life threatening?

Not immediately: Would see your primary care doctor for work up, there are a huge number of causes for dizziness ranging from dehydration/fainting to ear infections to a brain tumor. Can't really comment on the cause in your case without additional information. ...Read more

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25 weeks pregnant. When are Braxton hicks too frequent? Been having about 6 an hour last few hours. No bleeding, no discharge, history of preterm lab

25 weeks pregnant.  When are Braxton hicks too frequent? Been having about 6 an hour last few hours. No bleeding, no discharge, history of preterm lab

Be evaluated: You're history is the concerning part. A history of preterm labor increases your chance of preterm labor in the next pregnancy. Call your doctor, they know the specifics about your case, but you should probably be evaluated. ...Read more

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I am 28 weeks pregnant and for the last 24 hours ive experienced Braxton Hicks contractions constantly, one after the other (up to 20/hour) normal?

I am 28 weeks pregnant and for the last 24 hours ive experienced Braxton Hicks contractions constantly, one after the other (up to 20/hour) normal?

NO: While this could be irritability, you need to call your OB physician or midwife. Remember braxton hick are PAINLESS tightening and you seem to be having something else. Call now. Most OB's/midwives have an answering service if you call the office at night. ...Read more

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How long can prodromal labor last? experiencing bouts of regular painful contractions that disappear after a few hours for about 2 weeks. I'm 36w6d

How long can prodromal labor last? experiencing bouts of regular painful contractions that disappear after a few hours for about 2 weeks. I'm 36w6d

Hang in there!: This phase of your pregnancy can be accompanied with bouts of contractions. this is common. Make sure you are drinking enough water and staying in touch with your physician. Active labor could happen any time, but may still be a ways off. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Back labor since Wednesday and dilated 2cm in 24 hours. Contractions 5 minutes apart since 10:24am yesterday. Am I in labor?

Back labor since Wednesday and dilated 2cm in 24 hours. Contractions 5 minutes apart since 10:24am yesterday. Am I in labor?

Yes: This sounds like early labor. Be assessed at your delivery center. They will either admit you or get you to wait a bit. All the best and happy motherhood! ...Read more

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Two left armpit pain episodes four days apart and lasting 3 to 4 minutes. One similar pain episode 2 months ago.

Two left armpit pain episodes four days apart and lasting 3 to 4 minutes.  One similar pain episode 2 months ago.

Get checked asap: There are many reasons you can have pain in the left armpit. There are any unknown factors as well-your age, medical conditions, family history etc. One cause can be heart pain. Therefore, with no other information available about you I would advised your get checked immediately. If you have risk factors for coronary disease, hypertension, cholesterol, overweight you should go to an emergency room ...Read more

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3 weeks Of mid back pain only after sleeping for 4-5 hours, once awake walking around about 30 min goes away. Any ideas?

3 weeks Of mid back pain only after sleeping for 4-5 hours, once awake walking around about 30 min goes away. Any ideas?

Back pain: Probably related to how you sleep in bed. May also be because you need a new mattress. With history of breast cancer, if a bone metastasis, the pain should also be apparent during the day and gradually worsening. If the latter is true and midline, you'd need a MRI of spine. ...Read more

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Am 6 weeks pregnant. Had consistent dull cramps. Used heat pad on belly at high setting for 15 mins. Cramps suddenly stopped. Misscarriage?

Am 6 weeks pregnant.  Had consistent dull cramps.  Used heat pad on belly at high setting for 15 mins.  Cramps suddenly stopped.  Misscarriage?

Schedule a visit : A heating pad will not cause a miscarriage if that is what you are asking. Cramps also do not indicate a miscarriage. At 6 weeks the only way to confirm a normal pregnancy is to schedule a visit with your doctor and evaluate it by ultrasound. ...Read more

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39 weeks/5 days.having contractions since 8am and lost mucus plug at 12. From 12-5 contractions were 10 mins apart. 5:20- contractions are 6 mins?

39 weeks/5 days.having contractions since 8am and lost mucus plug at 12. From 12-5 contractions were 10 mins apart. 5:20- contractions are 6 mins?

It sounds like labor: You are probably already in hospital by now, but sounds like you are in labor. If GBS positive you should go to Labor and Delivery right away. Hope everything went well! ...Read more

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In last 2 weeks i had 2 episodes of severe blinding headache lasted for 15 min, latest happened after running. Felt nauseous & dizzy for an hour.

In last 2 weeks i had 2 episodes of severe blinding headache lasted for 15 min, latest happened after running. Felt nauseous & dizzy for an hour.

Probably migraine: Your symptoms sound consistent with a migraine event. Because of the dizziness post exercise, I strongly recommend that you see a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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31 years old. Went off borth control 3 or 4 months ago. Cycles have been 21-25 days. But last time was 17 lasting only 3 days one day of red lightflow?

31 years old. Went off borth control 3 or 4 months ago. Cycles have been 21-25 days. But last time was 17 lasting only 3 days one day of red lightflow?

Period changes: It is normal to have some variation in how heavy and frequent periods are. Pregnancy, stress, illness, medications, thyroid issues are all common causes for periods to change. Please see your doctor if concerned. ...Read more

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30wks2days pregnant1cm dilated cervix fully effaced no measurable length strict hospital br last 4wks given mag for 12hrs 4 days ago baby coming soon?

Ask your doctor: I'm sorry your doctor has not answered this question for you. The truth is I do not have enough information to give you a prediction. Based on the above you will probably deliver before 36 weeks, but impossible to say when. ...Read more

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