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38 Weeks Pregnant With A Cold
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
38 weeks nd 5 day pregnant with a bad cold very sore throat and coughing up mucus may throw up times and now my chest hurt now when cough what to do?
Go to the Doctor: You are ill. It is time to see the physician. ...Read more
No: Always consider the possibility of ruptured membranes. See your doctor. ...Read more
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 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
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
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?
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 with my 3rd. I am 4 CM dilated, more than 50% effaced and have been losing my mucus plug. Is labor anywhere in sight?
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
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
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
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
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
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