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38 Weeks Pregnant Constant Cramping
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
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
38 weeks pregnant, constant ache in lower back and period like cramping, contractions from 2-10 minutes apart but not very painful. What to do?
38 weeks pregnant with bad cramps and back ache for 2 days constantly. Not able to time it's there all the time. What should I do?
I am 38 weeks pregnant. I have been having constant menstrual like cramping for more than 10 hours. I am lying down and drinking water but pain seems to be getting worse. What should I do?
I would CALL L&D, OB: I am a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Therefore, my patients are high-risk, and I want them to be in touch with their OB or my group in case of questions or to go to labor and delivery if problems. Having cramping for >10 hours could be labor, and monitoring during labor is recommended. Worsening of pain is also a concern, and only evaluation by OB provider can determine what is happening. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 38 weeks pregnant and have had slight cramping all day. I went to the bathroom and when I wiped, there was blood on the tissue. What's wrong?
Labor?: Some bleeding from cervical effacement and dilatation is expected as you approach your due date and enter the early stages of labor. Other causes, however, can also lead to vaginal bleeding at 38 weeks: vaginitis, cervicitis, placenta/vasa previa, abruption. Please see your obstetrician as soon as possible to evaluate this further - and best of luck! Read more
Braxton-Hicks: You are term, so these could be early labor or still be braxton-hicks contractions, small tightenings of the uterus getting it 'in shape' for full blown labor. If the cramps get longer and regular intervals, then may be transitioning into active labor. Many women experience these in the couple of weeks before labor. Congratulations on your soon to be addition to the family! Read more
I'm 38 weeks pregnant and my stomach gets really hard but I don't feel cramping is it a sign of labor?
I'm 38 weeks pregnant and im 1cm dilated experiencing alot of cramps how long do you think before I go into labor?
Onset labor: When the pains come how long do they last? How far in between the pains? If you continue to have pains that are 40sec long and are occurring at regular intervals you should go to labor and delivery to be monitored. Read more
38 weeks pregnant, had spotting today with mild cramps like periods. Then stoped, spotting still seen with small sticky red stuff. What is it?
Pregnancy: Bleeding in pregnancy can be due to many things. It could be from something as simple as cervical dilation if those cramps were actually contractions. It could also be something more serious like abruption or placenta previa. Contact your OBGYN to discuss further. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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