What are contractions?

Labor process. Contractions arise from the smooth muscle of the uterus rhythmically to expell a fetus when mature. It is also know as labor.

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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 more...
Muscle cramps. Contractions feel like muscle cramps that we often get in our calf region but instead it is in a woman's abdominal region. If you are concerned you may be having contractions then you need to call your OB physician. Read more...

What causes contractions just below rib cage on left side?

See your doctor. Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. Read more...

What s a contraction like in last week of pragnancy?

Contraction. You will feel your abdomen get hard. A lot of my patients think this is the baby moving. Hope this helps! Read more...

What does a contraction feel like?

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...

What is a contraction stress test?

Checking baby. A contraction stress test is done very infrequently. Oxytocin is given through an IV to cause contractions and then the fetal heart rate is monitored throughout. This is a way to assess the status of the baby. A nonstress test is a more common way of doing this. During a nonstresss test the baby is monitored without oxytocin administration. Read more...
Placental test. It tests how well the baby can handle labor. It tests how well the placenta is functioning. You are given some Pitocin (oxytocin) to cause some contractions. The baby's heart is monitored during the contractions to see if the heart tracing is good. Read more...

What do labor contractions feel like?

Mild to severe. Labor contractions, aka labor pain, can be mild like a menstrual cramp to severe and excruciating. There are some natural things you can do to reduce the pain. If they fail, there medications and procedures that can help. 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 more...

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...