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Labour Contractions

There are several types of labor contractions. During the fourth month of pregnancy, there is a contraction in the uterus from time to time. They are referred to as Braxton-Hicks contractions. Regular contraction occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy is referred to as preterm labor contractions. During the early stage of labor contractions, contractions occur mildly, lasting for 30 to 90 seconds. During active labor contractions, they become more intense, and it lasts for 45 seconds to seconds with five minutes of rest.

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What should be done after having mild labor contractions all day?

Query: Hi doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and I am 39 weeks and 3 days. I have been having mild contractions all day. For the past hour, they have been really intense and I have felt a lot of pressure. The midwife has told me not to come in as my contractions are still two minutes apart. I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. This is not crowning, this is the last phase of the second stage of labor when the head of the baby is on your perineum. The rate of contractions will occur once in 2 to 3 minutes and will last for around 30 to 45 seconds. I would advise you to go in, as y...  Read Full »

My wife has pain in her lower abdomen and back. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Since last few days my wife (she is pregnant) is suffering from pain in the lower abdomen and back. We have visited our gynaecologist to watch whether the pain is due to labour or not. After checking, he said the pain is not for labour. He prescribed pain killer Duvadilan retard (Isoxs...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The ultrasound report is perfectly fine and the baby is average 36 weeks of gestation and head down position, placenta is normal and so is the AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index) and weight of the...  Read Full »

Why am I having contractions at 35 weeks of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35.3 weeks pregnant. When I turned 35 weeks, my mucus plug fell out, and I started having contractions every six minutes apart consistently. I went to the hospital and was 0.5 inch dilated. They could not do anything, so they sent me home. I was wondering if it was fine to start t...  Read Full »

Dr. Joshi Shalaka Kishor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are 35.3 weeks pregnant, and only the mucus plug fell off, so I believe that it was just sticky white secretion that came out. Dilation of 0.5 inch, which must not be progressing might be the reason for sending you home. I expect that you have received injection...  Read Full »

Is labor induction necessary or can we wait for few days?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 29 years, 4 ft and 11 inches. She is now 39 weeks pregnant and her weight is 125 lbs. I am attaching today's scan report. The doctor said her AFI is 8.2 (low) and fetal weight is 6.6 lbs which is a little high for her. So, the doctor is suggesting induction labor. My questio...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The due date keeps changing, but the EDD (estimated due date) given at early pregnancy is only to be followed. So, according to which your due date is 17th only. Yes, accord...  Read Full »

Why do I experience contractions and drop in baby's heart rate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 weeks pregnant and I have been contracting for a while already. I spotted blood recently and was admitted to the hospital. I had a six minutes contraction and the baby's heart rate dropped. They just gave me a steroid and sent me home but I am still contracting. Can you help me...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would be better if you send your obstetrics, gynecology, and medical history. 1. Do a strict check on contractions (frequency and duration) and similarly on fetal movements, as reduced fetal movements need emergency evaluation and investigations and any vaginal d...  Read Full »

I have contractions, and tomorrow is my due date. Advise.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had contractions since I was six months pregnant, and tomorrow is my due date, according to the results. I have had a bloody discharge since yesterday. Until now, the contraction continues but is not that painful, and my cervix was 3 cm open 24 hours ago. What is the best option to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please send me your previous obstetrician history about the birth of your precious child, at which gestation, and how long was the labor. Normally, mild uterine changes start from the late seventh month to prepare the body for delivery. Gradu...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and have sharp pain in lower left side that is coming every couple minutes. Is this labor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have sharp pain in lower left side that is coming every couple minutes but does not last long. Is this the start of labor? I am also possibly leaking amniotic fluid but I am not entirely sure since there is not a lot.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you said most probably it is the beginning of labor pain. Usually cervix, the mouth of uterus is slightly to the left. Pain usually lasts for a few seconds only, but reappears. Do not worry. Minimal vaginal discharge with this pain indicates that cervix is gradually o...  Read Full »

How long is it safe to wait to normally deliver a dead fetus after 26 weeks of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My sister is 26 weeks pregnant, and today they found that the baby's heartbeat has stopped. It has already been more than 12 hours since the baby passed away, but the doctors are waiting for normal delivery. My sister has a fever now. Is it safe to wait? The doctors are trying to convin...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your sister's loss. Please do not worry about the treatment that is going on. Your doctor is doing the right thing. I know all of you are mentally disturbed about the loss, but this is the right thing. This is the tough part to explain to the mother a...  Read Full »

How to differentiate between Braxton Hicks contractions and early labor?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I am not sure if what I am feeling is Braxton Hicks contractions or an early sign of labor.  Read Full »

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The Braxton Hicks contractions are mild in intensity and vague in frequency. These contractions hardly cause much discomfort to the pregnant woman. The labor contractions are dull in nature, to begin with, and go on increasing in intensity. Labor contractions ar...  Read Full »

Will contraction with 0 station indicate false labor pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 weeks pregnant. I have been having contractions for six days straight now. They started at 20 minutes apart, then got closer. They have been two minutes apart lasting an average of 54 seconds for three days. They have not let up or have stopped. I went to the hospital and they...  Read Full »

Dr. Uphar Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Braxton Hicks contractions do occur about six weeks prior to labor but are generally not associated with effacement. If they were real labor pains you should have started fetal descent from 0 stations by now as well. Now, if the intensity of the pains are increasing...  Read Full »

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