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Dr. Janice Alexander
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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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I'm 41 weeks pregnant and I recently started leaking but I thought it was discharge. I went to midwife and it turns out it was AF yet no contractions?

I'm 41 weeks pregnant and I recently started leaking but I thought it was discharge. I went to midwife and it turns out it was AF yet no contractions?

Concerning: If you are 41 weeks (Post term) have broken your water then you need to be seen in a hospital. This is a condition called premature rupture of membranes - meaning your water broke before labor. Your labor can be augmented with medication. This is especially important since you are post term. ...Read more

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Im 18 weeks pregnant I am experiencing tightness in my lower abdomen. This has been happening for the past four days. Is this a contraction?

18 week 'tightening': Between 16 and 20 weeks your baby and your uterus are growing at a tremendous rate and are gaining a lot of weight. This causes more pressure on the ligaments (called 'round' ligaments) that hold up your uterus. It is very common to get a sensation of discomfort, tightness, or actual pain between 16 and 20 weeks. You can take either tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for this. ...Read more

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Am 41 weeks and 4 days pregnant two days ago they carried out an induction for my labour to start bt nothing happened no dilation they told me to go back home is it dangerous to go past your due date?

Am 41 weeks and 4 days pregnant two days ago they carried out an induction for my labour to start bt nothing happened no dilation they told me to go back home is it dangerous to go past your due date?

At 41 weeks and 4 da: Days u should be delivered either vaginally or by c-section ! and now u are 41-6 too much chance for a bad outcome if baby stays inside, and everyone has to be delivered by 42 weeks no matter what, I do not let my pts go past 40 weeks and my pts do not want to, there are advantages if u have a csection like not stretching out the vagina or tears that can damage the rectum or shoulder dystocia! ...Read more

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Im 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant lots of pain can't walk my ob don't want to induce until 41 weeks please help im mucus plug coming out for few days now ty?

Im 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant lots of pain can't walk my ob don't want to induce until 41 weeks please help im mucus plug coming out for few days now ty?

That is too bad: For you, feel bad for you, i induce all of my pts by their due date, a recent study said the ideal time to deliver for the baby is 39-40 weeks, if you were my pt i would induce u at 39 weeks if u had a ripe cervix or at least by 40 , maybe you can ask your OB to strip your membranes if the cervix is ripe that is a natural way that sometimes works to get you into labor. ...Read more

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41 weeks pregnant and have the flu for 4 days now with bad cough. Do I wait it out or try something like tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

41 weeks pregnant and have the flu for 4 days now with bad cough. Do I wait it out or try something like tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

See your doctor: Flu is extremely dangerous for pregnant women regardless of gestational age. If you think you have symptoms of the flu or have had contact with someone with the flu, you should see your doctor immediately. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can be prescribed for flu. ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks pregnant with only 4 days left. Can my baby still move after contractions stop?

I'm 39 weeks pregnant with only 4 days left. Can my baby still move after contractions stop?

Yes: In fact when a contraction stops it leaves more room for movement. I generally tell my term patients to do kick counts at home. While baby will sleep more at term, eating a meal should result in 6-10 movements the hour after you eat. If that's not happening alert your OB/midwife that day so an NST (non stress test) can be done. ...Read more

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Am having irreg contractions my vagina pains,and i saw brown discharge 4 two days now am 38weeks pregnant

You should...: You should see your doctor. This could be signs of labor or of an infection. In any case news to be managed by your obstetrician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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