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I am 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated and 100% effaced. I have lost my plug. How soon could I go into labor or I could I stay like this for weeks?

I am 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated and 100% effaced. I have lost my plug. How soon could I go into labor or I could I stay like this for weeks?

Soon: As described, you should be delivering soon at 100% effaced and 3 cm dilated, but rarely, these things can be delayed. Stay patient and keep up with your GYN, best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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I'm 38 weeks pregnant 2 to 3cm dilated, 60% efface, -3 station and discharging with irregular contractions how long should I wait to call the dr, ?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant 2 to 3cm dilated, 60% efface, -3 station and discharging with irregular contractions how long should I wait to call the dr, ?

YOUR OB should have: Already given you all of those instructions, I tell my pts when the contractions are every 5 minutes for for an 1-2 hrs, or if the water breaks or if they are farther apart than every 5 minutes but they hurt bad enough you want something for pain. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated 70% effaced and had my membrane strip today is labor near? This is my 3 child and my mucus plug is out already.

I'm 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated 70% effaced and had my membrane strip today is labor near? This is my 3 child and my mucus plug is out already.

You are in labor: Veteran, please go to the hospital, whoever examined you should be around, or may be you are in the hospital already. History is lacking: did you have CS before? Goodluck with your labor wish you a healthy baby and easy labor ...Read more

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What is the normal level of pcv at 38 weeks pregnancy?

What is the normal level of pcv at 38 weeks pregnancy?

Not relevant: When we are checking blood counts during pregnancy, assuming that the basic counts related to hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets are normal for pregnancy, then we really do not spend too much time looking at these individual parameters related to red blood cells. If there is a more specific problem being asked, please ask! ...Read more

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Decrease in mucous discharge at 38 weeks pregnancy. Is it normal?

Decrease in mucous discharge at 38 weeks pregnancy. Is it normal?

Normal: Mucus discharge in pregnancy is very inconsistent. Sometimes there is a lot and sometimes there isn't. Both are normal. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Would a D&C be performed if a mother is miscarrying at 37/38 weeks pregnancy? And if so, how soon before the patient is discharged?

Would a D&C be performed if a mother is miscarrying at 37/38 weeks pregnancy? And if so, how soon before the patient is discharged?

Term pregnancy: At that point, the pregnancy is full term and will be "stillborn." A sad situation and I feel for her.
She will likely have her labor induced and deliver vaginally if possible. The length of stay in the hospital will be similar to one for a regular birth. This assumes the mother doesn't have a complication such as an infection. ...Read more

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Clear water drops and one time small fresh blood spot period like cramping is it labor or something else at 38 weeks pregnancy?

Clear water drops and one time small fresh blood spot period like cramping is it labor or something else at 38 weeks pregnancy?

Obgyn evaluation: You will need to contact your Obgyn to arrange an evaluation. Since you are near term you will need to make sure you did not break your water. You could just be dilating and passing your mucous plug. An evaluation will be needed to determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Am in my 38 weeks pregnancy and 4 days. My blood pressure was in the noon 149/68 and heart rate 114 is it nessicary to go to hospital and be paranoid.

Am in my 38 weeks pregnancy and 4 days. My blood pressure was in the noon 149/68 and heart rate 114 is it nessicary to go to hospital and be paranoid.

Call OB: You are not being paranoid. But, it sounds like you do not understand what to do in this type of situation. Please contact or page your OB and give them your situation and vital signs. They will tell you what they want you to do next. ...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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I have 38 weeks pregnant, I have been in an out of the hospital with contractions and pains but im only 3cm an 50%. how can I help dilate?

I have 38 weeks pregnant, I have been in an out of the hospital with contractions and pains but im only 3cm an 50%. how can I help dilate?

Leave it alone: You cannot. Please do not do anything to harm your cervix or the baby. Let nature take it's course. The baby is not ready to deliver yet. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Placenta is now clear of cervix, but close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is orgasm (w/o penetration) safe?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Placenta is now clear of cervix, but close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is orgasm (w/o penetration) safe?

May be: You are near term with a risk of bleeding. I would recommend holding off on sexual activity till after delivery. ...Read more

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Is it a mistake to be induced at 38 weeks sharp? Husband can't be present if we wait. 2nd pregnancy. Cervix dialated but not effaced. Dr. Says "ok".

Is it a mistake to be induced at 38 weeks sharp? Husband can't be present if we wait. 2nd pregnancy. Cervix dialated but not effaced. Dr. Says "ok".

Not recommended: In the recent past, we were seeing increased admissions to the nicu because of 'social' inductions.
The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists do not recommend inductions at less than 39 weeks unless there is a medical issue like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Although you might have a high chance of successful induction, there is a slight increased chance of baby complications. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and miserable. Not dialated at all yet is there anything I can do other then the obvious (sex, walk etc.) to get dialated?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and miserable. Not dialated at all yet is there anything I can do other then the obvious (sex, walk etc.) to get dialated?

38 weeks: You are right there is nothing really to do other than the obvious things you mentioned. Babies tend to come when they come. I know you are miserable and want this baby to come, I'm sure your doctor has told you studies have shown that elective inductions in first time moms before 41 weeks and other moms before 39 weeks result in more complications. As I tell my OB patients they always come out. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 38 weeks pregnant alot of pelvic pressure and I wasn't dialted at my last ob what can I do?

Hi I'm 38 weeks pregnant alot of pelvic pressure and I wasn't dialted at my last ob what can I do?

Pregnancy: Is extremely uncomfortable during the latter weeks. There are a few things you can do to ripen the cervix and induce labor. Intercourse is particularly effective. Some also respond well to walking. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregonant and having discharge and lost my plug I am dialted to a 3 and 80% effaced should I go to l&d?

I am 38 weeks pregonant and having discharge and lost my plug I am dialted to a 3 and 80% effaced should I go to l&d?

Call your OB: Almost all OB docs have an answering service. If no regular contractions and the discharge isn't gushes of water or trickles of water, you probably don't need to go in as being 3cm/80% and losing mucus plug doesn't necessarily equal labor. Call your docs office to see if he/she has an answering service. If no service call labor and delivery and ask them how to reach your provider. ...Read more

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I am almost 38 weeks pregnant and not feeling myself at all. Very nauseous and headaches, I am a little ove 3cm and 50% and -2 this is my 3rd child I jsut don't remember feeling like this in the end is this normal?

I am almost 38 weeks pregnant and not feeling myself at all. Very nauseous and headaches, I am a little ove 3cm and 50% and -2 this is my 3rd child I jsut don't remember feeling like this in the end is this normal?

This: This is something that should be reported to your doctor right away. You could be dealing with preeclampsia, which is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman who previously had normal blood pressure.
Nausea and headaches are both symptoms of this condition. This is a very serious issue and you need to be evaluated immediately if you have not done so already.
I hope you and baby are well.
All the best. ...Read more

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What are the signs of labor at 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant?

YOUR OB: Or midwife should have fully given u instructions about this or you should have learned all this at the prenatal classes, please call your OB if u think u are having contractions or are not sure what is going on because at 38 wks and 4 days would send u to he labor room for a labor check and I was your OB I would want u to call m with any issues about this before u ask here, please call your o. ...Read more

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What can I do so I can dilated faster? I'm 1cm dilated, 50% effaced. 38 weeks preg.

Not much: You need to let nature take its course and time will dilate you. If required, your dr. Can provide medication if they feel it is appropriate to help dilate you more fully. Congratulations and best wishes. ...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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How does meth stay in your system while pregnant 38 weeks?

How does meth stay in your system while pregnant 38 weeks?

Meth: Meth will only stay in your system for a couple days but it will stay in the baby's cord blood and meconium (poop) till birth actually most drugs taken after about 12 weeks gestation will show up in the baby ...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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Itchy all over and 38 weeks pregnant?

Itchy all over and 38 weeks pregnant?

PUPPP: This late in pregnancy it could be a condition called puppp. It stands for pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. It is usually associated with a rash that is red and extremely itchy. While it is not completely clear what causes puppp, it is thought to be related to serum bile acids. Generalized itching toward the end of pregnancy may be related to sluggish bile flow. ...Read more

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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

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38 weeks pregnant now will cervix be open now?

38 weeks pregnant now will cervix be open now?

Could be: At the end of pregnancy typically patients are seen weekly. Often the doctor will perform a cervical examination to determine the current status. At your next visit ask your doctor to check your cervix. This is very normal and I am sure they will be happy to do this for you. ...Read more