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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

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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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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How can i start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy ?

How can i start my contractions im 38 weeks && over it. This is my second pregnancy ?

Not a good idea...: Most Obs won't induce labor until at least 39 weeks. This is because babies do best when they are allowed to mature in utero. Even at 38 weeks an occasional baby is born that needs to be in the NICU due to breathing difficulties. If you want to go into labor, I would discuss this with you Ob. There are a lot of ideas on the internet about how to start contractions but some can be harmful. ...Read more

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38 weeks, 2cm 50 effaced and having contractions and pressure also maybe leaking fluid. What is this?

38 weeks, 2cm 50 effaced and having contractions and pressure also maybe leaking fluid. What is this?

Labor?: If you are leaking fluid and contracting you need to visit labor and delivery to see if your water has broken and if you are in labor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Had contractions which where 4 to 5 mins apart and it lasted for about 1 hour then they stopped.

Getting ready : it is not uncommon to have contractions that start and stop near term. One common cause of this is dehydration. The hormone that is released when you are thirsty (antidiuretic hormone, ADH (vasopressin)) is very similar in structure to oxytocin the hormone that stimulates contractions, if you were dehydrated and had ADH (vasopressin) stimulating contractions then if you hydrated yourself they would likely go away. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant with no droppage or contractions or dialation since my last Dr's appointment on last Wednesday?

I'm 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant with no droppage or contractions or dialation since my last Dr's appointment on last Wednesday?

Labor: Patience is a virtue. Stay active, keep walking, go out to dinner with the father of the baby. Enjoy your time prior to the arrival because life will change dramatically soon. ...Read more

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Hi, i just turned 38 weeks yesterday and for the past 2 days i've been having stronger contractions and pressure in my vaginal and rectum area?

Hi, i just turned 38 weeks yesterday and for the past 2 days i've been having stronger contractions and pressure in my vaginal and rectum area?

Normal to feel : It is quite common to feel pressure in the vaginal/rectal area at term and also experience contractions. The pressure you feel is the presenting part (most often the head) of the baby pushing downward onto the bladder, cervix or rectum. It is normal to have contractions at term and is the body's way of preparing for eventual labor. ...Read more

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Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more