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My wife has been having unusual cramps at 38 weeks pregnant. Is that a sign labor could be soon?

My wife has been having unusual cramps at 38 weeks pregnant.  Is that a sign labor could be soon?

Possibly: These could be braxton-hicks contractions, a tightening of the uterine muscles for one to two minutes and are thought to be an aid to the body in its preparation for birth. At 38 weeks the duration of pregnancy itself may be an indication that labor could be soon. Good luck and have a great baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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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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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Im 38 weeks pregnant and my stomach gets really hard but i don't feel cramping is it a sign of labor?

Im 38 weeks pregnant and my stomach gets really hard but i don't feel cramping is it a sign of labor?

Contractions: As one gets closer to the due date the uterus starts contracting off and on. These are referred to as braxton hicks contractions. Consider this a warmup to labor. ...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 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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I am 38 weeks pregnant as of nov. 23 2012. This is my 3rd son, i had all of the other two at 28 and 31 weeks. What are signs that labor is near?

I am 38 weeks pregnant as of nov. 23 2012. This is my 3rd son, i had all of the other two at 28 and 31 weeks. What are signs that labor is near?

Congratulations: Congratulations on making it term with this pregnancy. Signs of labor are regular contractions 5 minutes apart for at least an hour. If you water breaks head to the hospital. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant 5cm dilated feeling nausiated and haven't eaten or drank much all day. Is this a sign i could be going to labor soon?

38 weeks pregnant 5cm dilated feeling nausiated and haven't eaten or drank much all day. Is this a sign i could be going to labor soon?

No: Nausea is not usually an early labor sign. You need to go the the hospital OB floor where you're going to deliver and get checked out right now. Good luck -. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and have had diarrha, back pain, and increased indigestion. Is this a sign that labor is near? I am 3cm and 90% effaced.

Could be: If u were my pt and your cervix was that ripe i would induce you exactly at 39 weeks if u do not go into labor before then the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, please discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with nausea, back cramps and gas, could it be signs of labor?

38 weeks pregnant with nausea, back cramps and gas, could it be signs of labor?

Could be...: If the back cramps become regular and progressively stronger, these symptoms would be compatible with labor. Start timing, lay back and relax in between. If the pain is continuous and not intermittent like early labor, then you need more urgent evaluation as this would not be normal at this point and could point to a problem. ...Read more