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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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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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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