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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have cold/cough/no fever/ baby ok. I'm on z pack. I need to cough but have sharp pain in right side when I do. What can I do?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and have cold/cough/no fever/ baby ok. I'm on z pack. I need to cough but have sharp pain in right side when I do. What can I do?

Cough & pregnancy: Your cough could be due to upper respiratory infection, acid reflux, postnasal drip, etc. Identify the cause, and try treating it. Most cough medicines are not recommended during pregnancy. But could certainly try saline nasal rinsing. If acid reflux is causing cough, you may want to avoid food triggers. Zantac is category b, and you could consider taking it. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I have a cold cough and a sore throat. What should I do?

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I have a cold cough and a sore throat. What should I do?

Supportive care: It sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection, which is fairly common in pregnancy; it is usually more of an annoyance than anything else. Due to your pregnancy, it's generally a good idea to avoid using medications if possible; generally safe meds would be tylenol (acetaminophen) and guaifenisen, but discuss with your ob/gyn for an exam and the final ok. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 38 weeks 4 days pregnant I have a cold with bad cough but last night I started having a sharp pain only on the right side of my lower abdomen?

Hi I'm 38 weeks 4 days pregnant I have a cold with bad cough but last night I started having a sharp pain only on the right side of my lower abdomen?

Talk to your OB: With a full explanation of your symptoms and other information they will be able to tell you whether it is necessary to come in and be seen. ...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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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I'm having a cesarean tomorrow but I have the cold and I'm coughfing a lot. Should I reschedule the cesarean?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and I'm having a cesarean tomorrow but I have the cold and I'm coughfing a lot. Should I reschedule the cesarean?

Talk to your OB doc: From the anesthesia point of view, most C-sections are done under epidural or spinal anesthesia, and a cold or cough wouldn't make much difference. The main things to worry about would be fever or productive cough. Your OB will be the best resource to see if it would be best to wait a few days. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with a clear sticky discharge is that normal?

38 weeks pregnant with a clear sticky discharge is that normal?

No: Always consider the possibility of ruptured membranes. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my sixth child 5th pregnancy all were a week early does that mean ill have this baby a week early also?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my sixth child 5th pregnancy all were a week early does that mean ill have this baby a week early also?

Taint neccessarily s: Each pregnancy is different. Usually the best they can call the timing of a pregnancy is +/- 2 weeks. It seems that all of your prior pregnancies were at term. That is fine. Hopefully this one will be also. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with constant back pain. Please help?

38 weeks pregnant with constant back pain. Please help?

PLEASE CALL YOUR OB: All? Like this should be directed to your ob, if you are not in labor your OB can suggest pain meds and if it is just back pain and you were my pt would offer to induce you at 39 weeks. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant with my first child and was checked today I'm 2cm 50% effaced. How long does it normally take after this point for labor?

Labor, onset: It is difficult to pinpoint a time labor will ensue. In the United States most places will deliver you between 41 and 42 weeks if your pregnancy is progressing well and labor has not started. If you are 38 weeks you are definitely close to delivery. Hang in there. See you doctor regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy.?

38 weeks pregnant with second child. I was induced with the first because of no amniotic fluid what does this mean for this pregnancy.?

Nothing: If you are already 38 weeks pregnant, a shortage of amnionic fluid would have been noticed by now on ultrasound. Depending on the cause the first time around, it probably is not repetitive and no need to worry. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant with nausea headaches and I have SPD could there be something wrong?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant with nausea headaches and I have SPD could there be something wrong?

SPD: Y ou may be in a lot of pain from your SPD which could be the cause of your nausea and headache. See your obstetrician if symptoms persist ...Read more

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

I'm 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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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?

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?

Early signs of labor: The cramps in your back are actually contractions.
The should get stronger as you go into real labor.
Make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration cause cause contractions also ...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

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38 weeks pregnant with pelvic pain and lower back pain, hurts to walk and not relieved by laying down hurts worst when changing positions! Is this normal?

No.: Many women have milder pain and dyscomfort but yours does sound excessive. At this point in your pg most of the pain is ligament related. If you have not had prior back or pelvic injuries you should have a full recovery after the delivery of your baby. Good luck. ...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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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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Hi I am 38 weeks pregnant. Can I get induced?

Hi I am 38 weeks pregnant. Can I get induced?

Talk to your OB.: Typically induced labor is reserved for situations where it is deemed medically necessary. Going into labor naturally is generally safer and less painful. The medications used to induce labor have risks associated with their use, and your baby may not be positioned properly. The risk of any medical intervention has to be outweighed by the potential benefit. Discuss with OB, and make a birth plan. ...Read more

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How to better pass the time 38 weeks pregnant?

How to better pass the time 38 weeks pregnant?

Somethings: That you enjoy, relieve stress and are not physically taxing. I enjoyed knitting and cross stitch at those times. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant so when did I get pregnant?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant so when did I get pregnant?

Calculator: Use a free online reverse due date calculator. Type in your due date and it will show you your conception date. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant but measuring 40 is that alarming?

38 weeks pregnant but measuring 40 is that alarming?

Not really: I usually tell patients that I'm not concerned if the are +/- 2 weeks when I measure them. Perhaps your baby is a little bigger than average or you have generous amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Is it normal o have diarhea at 38 weeks of pregnancy? Thank you

Is it normal o have diarhea at 38 weeks of pregnancy? Thank you

Sometimes: Some women do have some bowel issues like diarrhea especially if having off and on contractions. Stay well hydrated and antidiarrheals like immodium and koapectate are safe and I use them in my patients. ...Read more

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Would cervix be open now at 38 weeks 6 days pregnant with 4th baby?

Would cervix be open now at 38 weeks 6 days pregnant with 4th baby?

Could be: One can not predict when the cervix will open in any individual pregnancy. Your doctor will need to check your cervix during the physical exam to determine the current status. ...Read more