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'what happens if i''m having contractions but not dilating?'

'what happens if i''m having contractions but not dilating?'

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

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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 will doctors do 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

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What happens if I start having contractions but I am not dilating?

What happens if I start having contractions but I am not dilating?

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

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I'm 30weeks (hbr 7.23)yesterday I was contracting 4minutes apart also spotting i'm not dilating contraction stopped with IV what could of caused this?

I'm 30weeks (hbr 7.23)yesterday I was contracting 4minutes apart also spotting i'm not dilating  contraction stopped with IV what could of caused this?

Early contractions: You don't really want to have contractions or labor at 30 weeks, but the uterus often starts toning up for the soon to happen labor and you can feel contractions (often called braxton hicks contractions). You also don't want your cervix to open. Mild temporary spotting is common; continued bleeding should be checked. If any symptoms continue that worry you, get checked. ...Read more

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Been having period type cramps for 3wks=3cm/80%effaced. Now starting again @36wks. Can cramps alone be dilating me?No contractions tho. When go l&d?

ASK YOUR OB NOW !!!!: Your OB should be on call 24/7 or have someone covering for him or her like I do ! i usually take my own call and if one of my patients was having that problem i would expect them to call me asap and if there is any question i send them to l&d immediately , if you and the baby are ok you really do not want to deliver at 36 weeks so call your OB now ! ...Read more

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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?

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?

FALSE LABOR: This is not true labor but false labor and that can happen.You just have to wait till contractions become more strong and more frequent and tru labor and cervix will dilate as well.Just have to wait and hang in there till it happens. ...Read more

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33 weeks vagina hole feels stretched again had sex twice since I stopped do to contractions cause of sex could I be dilating at all?! Honest answers!!

33 weeks vagina hole feels stretched again had sex twice since I stopped do to contractions cause of sex could I be dilating at all?! Honest answers!!

Call OB now 4 exam: You should have a vaginal exam performed by your obstetrician. Given your younger age, you are at increased risk for preterm labor. Let your OB assess you today, ask about whether or not you need pelvic rest (no sex) for the rest of pregnancy or not. There are medicines that can stop preterm labor. You are a bit too early in this pregnancy to deliver. Giving baby a few wks 2 grow is best 4 both. ...Read more

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I am 25 weeks pregnateand have this burning sensation and extreme pressure in my vagina could I be dilating. I have been having irregular contractions?

Get checked.: At 25 weeks, you are very early and don't want to dilate. You probably aren't, but the only way to make sure is to go in and het checked. I would urge you to do this right away. It could just be a bladder infection, which is common in pregnancy, but it's not worth the risk of not checking. ...Read more

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32wks preg. Bloody discharge 3days ago. Dr checked. Not dilating, no contractions. More pinkish discharge today. Reasons? Haven't had sex, no cramping

32wks preg. Bloody discharge 3days ago. Dr checked. Not dilating, no contractions. More pinkish discharge today. Reasons? Haven't had sex, no cramping

Spotting: Infection could be a cause, but probably the most common reason is that your cervix is friable. When you're pregnant your cervix looks red and meaty and bleeds easy. This is called friability. If you were examined 2-3 days ago I would expect you to have pink or blood tinged discharge for 2-3 days afterwards. ...Read more

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