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What to do if I am 38 weeks pregnant 1 CM dilated if I take castor oil will I go into labor?

What to do if I am 38 weeks pregnant 1 CM dilated if I take castor oil will I go into labor?

Please reconsider: Castor oil is really not a way to get into labor and the GI cramps may be worse than labor. Talk with your physician about when the baby is mature and being sure of your dates and come up with a labor plan together. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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If I am 38 weeks pregnant can traveling to a higher elevation cause my water to break or can traveling at all cause me to go into labor?

If I am 38 weeks pregnant can traveling to a higher elevation cause my water to break or can traveling at all cause me to go into labor?

Travel: You really should not be traveling at all at 38 weeks pregnancy unless you want to risk going into labor in an unfamiliar environment. Play it safe and stick close to home. ...Read more

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Im 38 weeks pregnant with baby number 3 and I am 2 CM dilated. When will it be likely for me to go into labor?

Im 38 weeks pregnant with baby number 3 and I am 2 CM dilated. When will it be likely for me to go into labor?

Unknown: Many women who have had several pregnancies will be dilated some near the end of pregnancy. Statistically 80% or more will deliver within a week of their due date. It's hard to know when your glands will decide to sent out the hormonal trigger to labor. ...Read more

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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

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Im 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

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Im 38 weeks pregnant, will a exercise ball help me go into labor? What are the chances of a membrane stripping at 39 weeks work also.

Im 38 weeks pregnant, will a exercise ball help me go into labor? What are the chances of a membrane stripping at 39 weeks work also.

Bouncing can help: You could also do pretend jump roping for a total of 60 minutes a day in 10 minute sessions. Eating eggplant can be a help. Stripping membranes is not a good idea unless the cervix is effaced completely and beginning to dilate since it can cause rupture of the membranes and a need to deliver in 24 hours to prevent 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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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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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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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