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What Happens If I Am Having Contractions But Not Dilating
Monitor: They will monitor you and the baby and then decide if you will need an induction procedure done. ...Read more
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
Depends: It is normal if u are in early labor, once you are in active labor it may mean the baby is too large for you and it is not putting pressure on the cervix to help dilate it, nature does not always work right but u should be discussing this with your OB u may need a -c-section which is better than forcing something that is not going to happen. ...Read more
Cervix effaces/thins: The cervix is normally thick through most of pregnancy, and usually many uterine contractions and physiologic changes are required to thin it (especially prior to the first delivery). It is important, however, for women to record contractions and keep their obs informed because an examination of the cervix by a trained provider can best determine extent of dilatation of the cervix/onset of labor. ...Read more
38 weeks having contractions went to hospital, i'm having contractions just not dialating that was at 230 today, still having them. Is this normal?
Not necessarily: Contractions are just cramping of the muscle. The uterus may contract when a woman is not pregnant - menstrual cramps are "contractions" of the uterine muscle. In addition, a female orgasm is accompanied by uterine contractions. However, some rhythmic pains in the lower abdomen may be the result of intestinal or ovarian pain. If these persist, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
I keep going to the ER cuz I am having contractions and they keep sending me home and my doctor said I am dielated to 5cm now ?
Baby is coming!: Labor is described at www.Americanpregnancy.Org/labornbirth/firststage.Html with a full-term pregnancy and a normal-sized baby, 5 cm cervix means being in active labor (time to head to the hospital or be at the hospital). If the baby is premature (very small), one should be closely monitored in labor & delivery ward, because such babies can come out even before the doctor notices full dilation. ...Read more
Im 2 weeks away from having my baby, and i'm having contractions that are 2-4 minutes apart. What does this mean?
It means call: Your doctor and go to er now. ...Read more
I've been having contractions for 3 and a half hours now, growing stronger, and more frequent, im 37w when should I go in?
Now: You are basically at term. Go in to thehospital now. Good luck! ...Read more
If you are having contractions (not really sure if they are contractions) but they aren't regular, should you go to l&d after 24 hours or when?
Now: This is an impossible diagnosis to make via the internet. You should go to l&d now so that you can find out if these contractions are changing your cervix or not. You didn't say where in your pregnancy you're at, but at any point, preterm labor needs to be ruled out for your and baby's safety. It might seem like a waste of time if you get sent home, but i guarantee the information will be help! ...Read more
How can u make contractions stronger? Iv been having contractions for five days now and everytime they seem to be getting stronger it stops! help?
CALL YOUR OB !!!!: If you are far enough 39 weeks you may want to get induced, depending on the situation I do this for my patients, and it is safe to do at or after 39 weeks, what you are describing can happen before you actually go into labor but call your OB ! they may want to tell you things you can do to help the contraxcions if you are far enough along , i tell only my pts certain things they can try. ...Read more
Contractions: Irregular contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions are commonly seen before true labor. These contractions are not labor and are irregular and ineffective in dilating the cervix. Signs of true labor include frequency of urination, thick vaginal discharge, pinkish discharge, and stronger and more regular contractions with cramping. ...Read more
I think I am in stalled labor now i was having contractions every 3 min and it got me to 3 CM but now I have been contractiing less i would say. How do I get back into labor mode an how long will it take me to get into active labor?
Delivery went well?: Since your question was posted yesterday, presumably you've delivered already. Labor, deliver, breastfeeding, etc..., are natural processes that have been happening since the beginning of mankind. Doctors do have some medications that can help labor progress, but the effects are not identical to natural labor. Sometimes, a c-section ends up being needed. ...Read more
Yes: As long as your pregnancy is confirmed in the uterus by ultrasound, uterine contractions occur when the body is trying to pass the pregnancy tissue and complete the miscarriage. Within three days of onset of bleeding you will need an injection of Rhogam if your blood type is rh negative to potentially protect future pregnancies from your producing antibodies. ...Read more
Depends: Sorry for your loss. Even a miscarriage early in pregnancy requires the cervix to open, that feels like contractions. I don't know what you mean by 'pushes', but the uterus is trying to empty itself. Usually you will experience 4-6 hours of heavy bleeding and cramping, then the bleeding will continue similar to a normal period. If it is too heavy or too painful, you may want to talk to your docto. ...Read more
Labor symptoms: Contractions and an increase discharge may be symptoms of labor. If you are 36 weeks or less, these symptoms would be premature. So you should call your doctor. If you are 37 weeks or more, these symptoms are expected, but because your baby is breech you should call your doctor. ...Read more
Get checked: Depnding on how frequent your contractions are it could be false labor or premature labor. Please see your doctor as soon as possible if you are having contractions. ...Read more
Get pregnancy test: Check a pregnancy test first. If negative, constipation is a common reason for "contraction" like pain (especially in your left lower abdomen). Also, bladder infections, kidney, stomach / bowel problems (aka gastroenteritis). If you are having fever or your pain is worsening, go to the nearest ER. ...Read more
Braxton Hicks?: Your hospital (really the doctors) most likely thinks that the contractions you are experiencing do not represent true labour. Called braxton hicks contractions, these are sporadic and non-regular uterine contractions that are not true labour. The time to go to the hospital is when the contractions become regular and sustained, or if your water breaks. ...Read more
"i am 17 week pregnant and I have been having contractions for 3 days sould i go in or stay home?
Well: There is o evidence that rest decreases per term birth; in your case it would be a miscarriage; at this stage aleve (naproxen) 2 twice a day can help but you may have a bladder infection. This can cause the uterus to cramp but staying at home vs going out not likely to change the outcome. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been having contractions that are like so freaking painful at what point do i know i need to go to the hospital?
I've been having real labor pain contractions for some weeks now. Dr. Believes this is the week but they go away after an hour. What can I do?
Braxton-Hicks: What you are describing sounds like braxton-hicks contractions. They are common and normal. They can feel just like labor contractions, but because they go away, it is not labor. There is not much one can do, because they are a normal part of pregnancy. Hopefully real labor will come soon and congratulatons. ...Read more
Having contractions that are 25 minutes apart for 3 days now. How long can I have these contractions at this consistency till i go into labor?
A long time: Assuming you are at least 37 weeks pregnant and less than 41 weeks, this is latent labor (your body getting ready for real labor) and can last many days or even a week or two. Be sure to keep your appointments! if you are earlier or later than the weeks listed, call your doctor today. ...Read more
WHAT DID YOUR OB SAY: When u are this far along any ?S or concerns should really only be directed to your OB ! that is your obs job to answer ?S or concerns 24/7. Both can be normal but it depends how close your contractions are because if u and baby are ok it os better to at elast get to 37 weeks before u deliver so call your OB as if u were my pt i would send u for monitoring and cx check, flatus is better term. ...Read more
38 weeks, 2cm 50 effaced and having contractions and pressure also maybe leaking fluid. What is this?
Labor?: If you are leaking fluid and contracting you need to visit labor and delivery to see if your water has broken and if you are in labor. Best wishes! ...Read more
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