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38 Weeks Pregnancy Contractions
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Positive ffn test at 33 wks pregnant,irregular painless contractions,baby engaged,pelvic pressure,told im in early labour.. Will i Deliver early ??
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
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
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
Almost 34 weeks pregnant: odd/intense BH contractions that remain intense when moving/walking. Second pregnancy. Last about 15-30 seconds.
I am 8 weeks 4 days pregnant. My periods were irregular. Does an irregular period affect the conception date?
Had a medical abortion at 14 weeks. 3 weeks after , 2 hpt were negative. However, i feel "gassy" stomach. Baby kicking? Possible continued preg?
How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!
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
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