false labor

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Noun1.false labor - painless contractions of the muscles of the uterus that continue throughout pregnancy with increasing frequency
contraction, muscle contraction, muscular contraction - (physiology) a shortening or tensing of a part or organ (especially of a muscle or muscle fiber)
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There are other potential uses for the device, including athome viewing of the cervical os to gauge cervical dilation during labor and to detect false labor, she and her colleagues noted.
In fact, it worked so well, I had five hours of labor, arrived at the hospital fifteen minutes before he was born, crowning at a fifty-cent piece, and I thought I was in false labor.
Professor Stephen Lye said that it will help in properly attending the pregnant women who actually needs the appropriate medical care while women in false labor will receive supportive care and be discharged and it will avoid unnecessarily hospitalization of women.
Frisch explained that a young pregnant woman recently came in to seek help for what turned out to be false labor.
Cavallari, 25, called her doctor soon after, but the physician explained that it was a false labor.
13 (other threatened labor) because it is the default code for false labor regardless of gestational weeks, according to a staff member of the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee.