Pregnancy Contractions: When to Call the Doctor

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Sometimes the labor process can take a great deal of time before a woman is ready to deliver her baby. Because of this, it is not advisable to call the doctor at the first sign that a woman is going into labor. Instead, the woman should wait until she develops a few of the following symptoms.

One of the most common signs that a woman is going into labor is that her water breaks. It is also likely that she will have a ‘bloody show’ before she begins labor. This is in response to the body preparing for giving birth. The cervix will begin to thin out, which causes the mucus plug to become dislodged.

Sometimes-the-labor-process-can-take-a-great-deal-of-time-before-a-woman-is-ready-to-deliver-her-babyContractions are also a way to tell if you are in labor. However, it is possible to have contractions before you actually go into labor. These are referred to as Braxton hicks contractions and are usually felt closer to the end of a pregnancy. Timing your contractions is the best option when you are deciding if it is time to call your doctor.

Your practitioner will give you instructions as it comes closer for you to deliver. They will inform you when you should call your doctor when you are having contractions. More than likely, they will request that you call your doctor when your contractions are a certain amount of time apart. The exact timing will depend on your circumstance.

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