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gerichong asked:
How regular shld the contractions be before I admit myself into the hospital?

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Arora Valley answered:
Towards the end of pregnancy you may have many contractions that may lead you to believe that you may be in labor. When true labor begins, the contractions start as mild, irregular cramps that become regular and more painful over time. You may feel these cramps in your back or in your upper or lower abdomen. You usually can't feel your baby move during the cramp or contraction. The contractions push the baby's head down, slowly thinning and opening the cervix. This is called effacement and dilation. False labor is when you feel the same pains, but the contractions do not open the cervix. Time your contractions from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next contraction (not to the end). During this time gap, you can indulge in things like taking a bath, eating, reading, watching television or anything that you feel which is relaxing. When your contractions are regular and strong, and coming every four to five minutes for one to two hours, you should call your doctor. Only a vaginal exam can indicate whether your cervix has effaced and dilated. If your cervix is open approximately 4 centimeters , you are in active labor and will be admitted. If you have never experienced labor before, you may find it difficult to know if you are in labor. Before heading to the hospital, call your physician to discuss your labor symptoms if ever in doubt.

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Claudine_Tan answered:
How labour starts for anyone is different. Some women have their waterbag burst before any contractions occur and some start having contractions first. Once your contractions start, you should start timing the interval between each contraction. Any time you are unable to tolerate the pain or if your contractions are at about 5 minutes apart would be a good time to make your way to the hospital. If you are still unsure, you might want to give your doctor a call.

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Xiao Ming answered:
It really depends on different person and real situation. For my first delivery, my contraction was every 10 mins or even longer, but i already felt the labour pain when the contraction was there. Was admitted to hospital immediately and delivered after few hours. However, for my 2nd delivery, the contraction was every 5 mins and a little bit of mense cramp pain. I called my gynae and asked whether it is sign of delivery, he told me to wait if no bleeding and water bag doesn't burst. I really endured for another week, and only delivered my baby after induction. Therefore, pls consult your gynae, better to have a check up with him if you are unsure about your own situation.

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Winnie Yap answered:
As a general rule, once you've had regular, painful contractions (each lasting about 60 seconds) every five minutes for an hour, it's time to call your gynae and head to the hospital. My gynae told me the 1,2,3 thumb rule is that the contractions become more frequent and eventually happen every two and a half to three minutes, But again it differs individually.

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Rei answered:
I went to the hospital at 5am after having contractions between 10-15mins since 12am. Nurse told me that my dilation was only 1cm and asked me to go home but I was almost 40 weeks due at that time and I was having back pain too. So she called my Gynae who decided I should be induced.

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Celia answered:
I was having MacDonald late lunch (3pm plus) when I realized I'm having contractions of about 3-5min and I quickly called my gynae's emergency line. I was told to prepare myself and go to hospital. Labor was about 10hrs and my #1 son came out around 1am. :)

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Connie answered:
You should admit yourself into the hospital if you notice the following symtoms of your contractions: 1. noticeable longer 2. more regular 3. more frequent (e.g. happening more than nce or twice an hour) 4. more painful, increasingly so

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Jovial answered:
Mine is about once every 10-15mins. U will feel like passing motion and like something is forcing its way out. :)

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Evonne answered:
Based on my antenatal class, they say 5 mins or closer. However, some of my friends recommend going if its like 15 mins as you need time to prepare and travel to the hospital also.

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Maggie answered:
Just sharing my experience: I had spotting around noon on Sun before I delivered on Mon. The day before (Sat), I had my gynae check-up - Gynae said my bb's head not engaged yet. I called my gynae after the spotting & he advised me to check in to hospital delivery suite to see if I'm in labour. However, because I didnt experience any regular contractions, hubby & I decided to wait & monitor. My contractions were still irregular by 9pm+. By now, it was about 9hours since the spotting. Hence, I called up my nurse friend, who is a mother of 3 herself. She advised me to check-in to the hospital since it's night time & if goes into labour in the middle of the night, can be quite inconvenient & difficult to get a cab. When I reached the hospital around 10pm+, the nurse checked for dilation. By then, I had dilated about 3cm. My water bag burst around 11pm+. I delivered around 6am+ the following morning. If your contractions happen during weekdays while your gynae clinic is open, u can call the clinic & see if your gynae can help u check whether u are going into labour/ whether you need to admit yourself into hospital. Mine happened over the weekend so had to go to hospital to check. If you are going for epidural, best to go in early for the procedure else might be too late to have it done before bb comes out.

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April answered:
You should admit yourself when you experience contractions every 5-10minutes or contraction together with water bag burst.you may experience false contraction known as Braxton-Hicks Contraction which is uterine contraction before delivery but will come and go away with no regular pattern. I experienced it a few times and thought I was going into labour but after an 30mins of bad cramps, it disappeared.

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