Miscarriage Contractions vs Full-Term Contractions

Miscarriage contractions will happen during early pregnancy before 12 weeks gestation. They are usually accompanied with bleeding. Early pregnancy contractions should be reported to your doctor right away or you should go to the hospital as they may be a sign of miscarriage (before 12 weeks) or of preterm labor (before 37 weeks).

You are considered full term when you are 38 weeks pregnant. Contractions when you are full time will generally get longer, stronger and closer together. The contractions will cause your cervix to efface and dilate and move your baby down the birth canal. Full term contractions are a normal part of labor.

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4Katie
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    05/22/14
    amanda
    I had two miscarriages and the contractions were painful but no where near as painful as full term contractions. They were both before 12 weeks and they couldn't do anything to stop them.
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      05/22/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I like that you called them contractions for miscarriage. So many health professionals don't acknowledge that they are contractions. They always called them "cramps" with me and inwardly I was like, "Contractions, they are bringing forth a baby or what would have been a baby, thank you!" Nothing like being highly sensitive during a loss!
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      05/22/14
      amanda
      I also didn't like the way they told me that before 12 weeks its not considered a baby and there is nothing they can do for you to stop it. Even though I was only 6 or 7 weeks both times it was still very much a baby to me . I understand the reasoning behind it but it still sounds so insensitive.
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      05/22/14
      8Theresa Gould
      I know, I didn't like that either. But I guess that's how they cope and deal with pregnancy reductions etc., maybe?
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        05/22/14
        amanda
        The worst part is that they did an ultrasound when I went to they hospital and I got to see the tiny spec and hear the heartbeat. Even worse they wouldn't let my fiance come in the room. I feel like he didn't get any closure because he never got to see or hear the baby he lost too.
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        05/22/14
        8Theresa Gould
        That's sad and must have been hard. :(
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          05/23/14
          amanda
          I actually think with my first it just felt like menstrual cramps. I was only 15 at the time so its a little hard to remember but I don't think I was having any serious pain.
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