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Hi, am 38 weeks pregnant now, but I keep having strong contractions on daily basis, and this is my first pregnancy. Does it mean am close to deliver?

Hi, am 38 weeks pregnant now, but I keep having strong contractions on daily basis, and this is my first pregnancy.  Does it mean am close to deliver?

Maybe: Having a few contractions on a daily basis near term is normal. It doesn't necessarily mean you are about to deliver. If your contractions are close together so that you can time them and they are 5 minutes apart or so for more than an hour, you may be going into labor. If you are uncertain, you can go to your hospital's labor and delivery unit and they will tell you for sure. ...Read more

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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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How can i start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy ?

How can i start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy ?

Not a good idea...: Most Obs won't induce labor until at least 39 weeks. This is because babies do best when they are allowed to mature in utero. Even at 38 weeks an occasional baby is born that needs to be in the NICU due to breathing difficulties. If you want to go into labor, I would discuss this with you Ob. There are a lot of ideas on the internet about how to start contractions but some can be harmful. ...Read more

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I have had discharge my whole pregnancy but the last week it has stopped completely. I am very dry now is this normal ? 38 weeks pregnant

I have had discharge my whole pregnancy but the last week it has stopped completely. I am very dry now is this normal ? 38 weeks pregnant

Maybe: Most women do have leukorrhea or a discharge of pregnancy. dryness may mean infection like such as a yeast infection. Chances are your OB is going to check your cervix at next visit. mention the dryness ...Read more

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Im 38 weeks pregnant with my sixth child 5th pregnancy all were a week early does that mean ill have this baby a week early also?

Im 38 weeks pregnant with my sixth child 5th pregnancy all were a week early does that mean ill have this baby a week early also?

Taint neccessarily s: Each pregnancy is different. Usually the best they can call the timing of a pregnancy is +/- 2 weeks. It seems that all of your prior pregnancies were at term. That is fine. Hopefully this one will be also. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy. ?

38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy. ?

Nothing: If you are already 38 weeks pregnant, a shortage of amnionic fluid would have been noticed by now on ultrasound.Depending on the cause the first time around, it probably is not repetitive and no need to worry. ...Read more

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This my 2nd pregnancy 1 was medically induced never dilated past 2 CM this 1 i'm 38 weeks pregnant and still only 1 1/2 CM dilated what 2 do 2 dilate?

This my 2nd pregnancy 1 was medically induced never dilated past 2 CM this 1 i'm 38 weeks pregnant and still only 1 1/2 CM dilated what 2 do 2 dilate?

Exercise: Various exercises can help dilate your cervix. Simple walking around the block is helpful. Ding exercises with an exercize ball can also be hrlpful. ...Read more

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Been feeling dizzy almost 38 weeks pregnant is this something to worry about? I havnt had any blood pressure issues the whole pregnancy

Been feeling dizzy almost 38 weeks pregnant is this something to worry about? I havnt had any blood pressure issues the whole pregnancy

Hydrate: Dizziness can lead to a lot of things. Make sure you keep well hydrated. Make sure you tell your dr of any changes. This could be due to a drop on your sugars. Orthostatic changes. Be aware of signs like blurred vision abdominal pain excessive swelling, headaches elevated blood pressures this could be signs of preeclampsia. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Had contractions which where 4 to 5 mins apart and it lasted for about 1 hour then they stopped.

Getting ready : it is not uncommon to have contractions that start and stop near term. One common cause of this is dehydration. The hormone that is released when you are thirsty (antidiuretic hormone, ADH (vasopressin)) is very similar in structure to oxytocin the hormone that stimulates contractions, if you were dehydrated and had ADH (vasopressin) stimulating contractions then if you hydrated yourself they would likely go away. ...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