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What are labor signs at 38 weeks pregnant?

What are labor signs at 38 weeks pregnant?

Early contractions: You will probably feel the baby "drop" which means it is getting lower in the pelvis, in preparation for childbirth. You probably will have intermittent contractions, known as Braxton-Hicks contractions, again in preparation for childbirth. As the time draws nearer to delivery the contractions will become stronger and more frequent. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

Is Braxton Hicks contractions normal to occur at 20 weeks pregnant?

For some: Some feel cramping at this time. Some do not. If you feel your are out of the ordinary contact your obgyn for evaluation to exclude preterm labor ...Read more

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Braxton hicks-type cramps 4-6 days before periods: normal?

Braxton hicks-type cramps 4-6 days before periods: normal?

Maybe: Some women begin to have cramping before the onset of their bleeding, it may be a normal variation for you. If it is new, if it is very painful, - you can see your doctor for an evaluation to check for cysts, or discuss the possibility of endometriosis. There are many treatment options if it is bothersome to you. ...Read more

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I am 30 weeks pregnant. Are braxton hicks contractions supposed to hurt?

I am 30 weeks pregnant. Are braxton hicks contractions supposed to hurt?

They are: Uncomfortable , but not very painful, if regular call OB and make sure it is not premature labor. ...Read more

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Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Yes, but..: 'stripping membranes' also runs the risk of induced rupture of the membranes. If you don't then go into spontaneous labor over a short period of time, infection to the baby can result as well as the need for labor induction' with drugs. Talk to your OB md and express your 'birth plan' desires. ...Read more

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38 wks preg Moody, passed mucus plug yesterday, cramping and back pain, extremely tired. Contractions irregular 2cm 50% effaced Dd 7/29-8/3 labor soon?

Labor: Yes. After passing the mucous plug the labor will begin soon but may be delayed for up to a week afterward. Try to get some rest and notify your obstetrician that you passed the mucous plug. Congratulations! You will have a beautiful baby soon. ...Read more

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38 weeks feeling contractions occassionally how long til delivery?

Cn not predict that: Could be later today could be a few weeks, i tell my pts, to call if the contractions are 5 -6 minutes apart for 2 hours in a row or if they hurt bad enough that u want something for pain or if your water breaks, or if u are worried the baby is not moving, and i rec u do not go past your due date , ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, induction is safe easy and effective my pts want induction. ...Read more

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Positive ffn test at 33 wks pregnant,irregular painless contractions,baby engaged,pelvic pressure,told im in early labour.. Will i Deliver early ??




Positive ffn test at 33 wks pregnant,irregular painless contractions,baby engaged,pelvic pressure,told im in early labour.. Will i Deliver early ??

Likely: It is likely that you will deliver early since your ffn test was positive and the baby appears to be getting ready by all signs. The baby should do fine at any point now...Good Luck ...Read more

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2cm dilated 80% effaced thursday. Lower back pain x2 days irregular contractions. Tired/ not hungry. Labor? Should i go to hospital 38 weeks 4 days

Not active labor: At term, most physicians recommend patients go to the hospital once they are having regular contractions, at least every 10 minutes, that have continued in that pattern for at least 1-2 hours and are perceived as getting stronger. Actual labor occurs only when there is cervical change--thus, that is what is evaluated on labor and delivery. As long as the baby continues to move well, await labor. ...Read more

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Accuracy of home pregnancy test 21 days after intercourse? Or 31 days after? Breastfeeding. No periods. Spotted once. Ovulation pains. Light crampin.

Accuracy of home pregnancy test 21 days after intercourse? Or 31 days after? Breastfeeding. No periods. Spotted once. Ovulation pains.  Light crampin.

Urine hcg: A pregnancy test depends upon the concentration of hcg, the pregnancy hormone, in urine. A negative test means the level of HCG is undetectable, but that can happen early in pregnancy. A positive test means pregnancy. Since you are breastfeeding, and are not having regular periods, you cannot rely on counting days if you are avoiding pregnancy. To prevent pregnancy, use birth control. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant and very gassy?

38 weeks pregnant and very gassy?

Feel gassy: That actually might happen in 3rd trimester associated with constipation. If only gas is bothering you just avoid foods and beverages that create gas, such as beans, onion, soda, etc. If you need fibers such as vegetables, just steam them for few minutes. ...Read more

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Swelling during pregnancy after 38 weeks ?

Swelling during pregnancy after 38 weeks  ?

Yes: Swelling is common, as the fetus takes up so much room that vascular and other body parts are being moved and squeezed, so it is common to have a back up of fluid, especially in the extremities. At 38 weeks you should be seen by your OB for anything however. You are close! congratulations and good luck! ...Read more

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Almost 34 weeks pregnant: odd/intense BH contractions that remain intense when moving/walking. Second pregnancy. Last about 15-30 seconds.

Almost 34 weeks pregnant: odd/intense BH contractions that remain intense when moving/walking. Second pregnancy.  Last about 15-30 seconds.

Call your provider!: Please contact your obstetrician or midwife directly to discuss your symptoms. A direct assessment with your provider is the best way to determine if any further action is needed. Good luck to you and your baby! ...Read more

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Is contraction like cramps at 9 weeks pregnant normal?

Possibly: Some cramping in early pregnancy is normal. It is caused by the stretching of the uterus. Bleeding is never normal and that combined with cramping should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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I am 8 weeks 4 days pregnant. My periods were irregular. Does an irregular period affect the conception date?

I am 8 weeks 4 days pregnant. My periods were irregular.  Does an irregular period affect the conception date?

Yes: If you are irregular, then your conception date may not be about 2 weeks after your period, so it may shift your due date. In that case, i recur to ultrasound. ...Read more

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Had a medical abortion at 14 weeks. 3 weeks after , 2 hpt were negative. However, i feel "gassy" stomach. Baby kicking? Possible continued preg?

Had a medical abortion at 14 weeks. 3 weeks after , 2 hpt were negative. However, i feel "gassy" stomach. Baby kicking? Possible continued preg?

Shouldn't be: A termination that late may result in retained products (placenta) and that might cause cramping and bleeding, but its more likely the sensation you are feeling is the gas. Bowel gas can feel like butterfly flicking like early pregnancy. Try some gas X or simethicone. ...Read more

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How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!

How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!

Pregnancy: There is no evidence to show that stripping membranes induces labor. In fact, it can results in cramping and spotting, just making you more uncomfortable than you already are! ...Read more

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39 weeks 3days, 3cm dilated, lost mucus plug, have cramps, backache, is active labor soon?

39 weeks 3days, 3cm dilated, lost mucus plug, have cramps, backache,  is active labor soon?

Yes: While it impossible to say for sure when you will go into labor, if you are 39weeks 3 days pregnant, 3 cm. dilated, and have lost your mucus plug, you are going to go into labor soon. Best wishes to you and your baby. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more