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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is uterine contractions?

This is a sign of labour, where there are coordinated and regular contractions of the uterus, and the intervals between contractions reduce as labour progresses.

Symptoms of uterine contractions

  • Currently pregnant

  • Labor-like pain (repeated tummy/abdominal pain) in cycles of 10 minutes or less

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for uterine contractions

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose uterine contractions

  • Are you currently pregnant?

  • Do you have labor-like pain in cycles of 10 minutes or less?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

Treatment for uterine contractions

Labor is the first sign of delivery, hence it is important to alert the doctor or midwife, to proceed with delivery plans at home or hospital.

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  • Pourshirazi M, Golmakani N, Ebrahimzadeh Zagami S, Esmaily H, Tara F. The relationship between Cormic Index and uterine contractions' pattern in the active phase of the first stage of labour. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2020 Jan;40(1):30-36. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2019.1594175. Epub 2019 Jun 20. PMID: 31221038.


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