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What Do Contractions Feel Like
Bad menstrual cramps: Labor can take 24 to 36 hours. Early on labor pains feel very much like bad menstrual cramps. It can take 12 to 18 hours to get into active labor. The contractions of active labor are intense and come every 3 to 5 minutes. You usually cannot talk or walk during an active labor contraction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Colicky pain.: Lower abdominal and/or lower back pain that gradually peaks within half a minute, lasts for a few seconds and then gradually resolves within half a minute. In labor, they come every 2-5 minutes generally getting more severe as labor progresses. Epidural anesthesia is a highly recommended technique to help women through labor pains; natural methods do not suffice for 99% of women. No need to suffer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Menstrual cramps: Most of my patients describe contractions as being like menstrual cramps, to varying degrees of discomfort - from mild to severe. However, some patients perceive contractions only as pressure (or pain) in their backs, sides, or in their legs. Occasionaly i find a patient in labor, dilated 6 or 7 centimeters, who denies feeling contractions at all. Any rhythmic sensation could be contractions. ...Read more
Cramping: Intense, intense cramping--like the worst period of your life. This is unlike anything you have experienced before, especially if you're a first time mom. I tell my patients that, generally speaking, if you can talk/speak through a contraction; it's probably not a real labor--as opposed to the false, Braxton-Hicks--contraction. ...Read more
It shouldn't: U need to see your gyn to make sure it is in the right place, or that u do not have an infection, the only time it could be uncomfortable should be when it is inserted and that is almost always minor discomfort if u want no more kids you should get an in offcie tubal that I do on my pts , takes 5 minutes , easy, no more iud. ...Read more
When timing contractions are they suppose to be like 5 minutes apart on the dot or like 5 then 8 then 6 then 5?
Generally : Generally you would wait until the contractions are fairly regular and close to five minutes. Look for less variation in time. ...Read more
I have contraction like pains on lower right side Iof abdomenwhen sitting but usually niot when standing or lying down?
Many possibilities: like gas bubble, constipation , appendicitis , ovarian cyst /tumor , even referred pain form disc in spine slip or kidney stone, but due to just when sitting could be pressure from some organ or mass, did you get a colonoscopy yet [usually age 50 to start ,, colon cancer is # 2 killer so would help alot , what about bowel movements [cosntipated or black stools ? black may mean blood, see your dr ...Read more
Do contractions start off irregular and then regulate them selfs i've been having them like every 8- 10 or 10-13 but more 10 minute intervals over all?
Tehy can, however: Everyone is different. . I would suggest a call to your OB to discuss....If they increase, then go to the hospital for evaluation. ...Read more
Contraction: You will feel your abdomen get hard. A lot of my patients think this is the baby moving. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Maybe: Braxton hicks contractions are false labor pains. Most people find them to be a painless tightening over the whole uterus. Real contractions are uncomfortable to painful, are usually low across the abdomen, can be associated with spotting or increase in vaginal discharge. Because you are 31 weeks it is very important to distinguish between the two. I would recommend you call your doctor. ...Read more
Contraction: 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 or painful the contraction. ...Read more
See below: Breathing techniques are an important aspect of most birthing preparation classes .Women in early labor try a warm bath or shower. Many laboring women also find massages comforting. Along with providing the classic lower-back massage, partners should target the shoulders and some of the pain-relieving acupuncture sites: the web space on the palm, between the thumb and index finger and the feet. ...Read more
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