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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Uterine Irritability

Are you experiencing mild contractions? Find out the difference between uterine irritability and Braxton Hicks and how it relates to preterm labor.

What can I do to prevent uterine irritability?

You can sometimes stop contractions by lying on your side or changing positions. Also, stress can cause contractions, so take it easy!

What do other pregnant moms do when they have uterine irritability?

“This morning, I started having uterine irritability. I’m still taking the medicine that my doctor prescribed me and doing all I can to stay calm and help these babies stay put. I didn’t know about a full bladder increasing irritability, so I’ll be sure to stay on top of that.”

"I'm on hospital bed rest, and my uterus still has slight irritability. However, I get reassured every day that any woman pregnant with twins will have some irritability, but most people don’t know about it because they aren’t being monitored. I try to drink a lot of water and go to the bathroom as soon as I feel it.”

“I have an irritable uterus and have been on and off bed rest since 25 weeks. Being tired and dehydrated makes it worse. I’m on magnesium gluconate, but to be honest, it hasn’t done much for me.”

Are there any other resources for uterine irritability?

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Plus more from The Bump:

What is a bicornuate uterus?

What is a contraction stress test?

Contraction Calculator

-- Dr. Ashley Roman

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