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Doctor insights on: Babies At 38 Weeks Pregnant

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What are labor signs at 38 weeks pregnant?

What are labor signs at 38 weeks pregnant?

Early contractions: You will probably feel the baby "drop" which means it is getting lower in the pelvis, in preparation for childbirth. You probably will have intermittent contractions, known as Braxton-Hicks contractions, again in preparation for childbirth. As the time draws nearer to delivery the contractions will become stronger and more frequent. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Achong
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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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If baby is born at 38 weeks 6 days pregnant how many pounds would they be?

If baby is born at 38 weeks 6 days pregnant how many pounds would they be?

Depends: It depends on the baby's development. Growth retarded (IUGR) babies will be much smaller than gestational age and diabetic babies much larger than gestational age. Additionally, race of the mother is also a factor. Averages are seven to eight pounds as 38 weeks+ is considered full term., ...Read more

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4 month old baby born at 35w+3days. Should baby's born this early (5weeks) wait longer until they are introduced to solids?

4 month old baby born at 35w+3days. Should baby's born this early (5weeks) wait longer until they are introduced to solids?

Baby diet: Basically, in these days we do not recommend early introduction of solid food not even to full term infants because of food allergies. If the baby is growing well you may introduce the solid food around 6 mo of age unless otherwise advised by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Yes, but..: 'stripping membranes' also runs the risk of induced rupture of the membranes. If you don't then go into spontaneous labor over a short period of time, infection to the baby can result as well as the need for labor induction' with drugs. Talk to your OB md and express your 'birth plan' desires. ...Read more

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How soon after birth can you get pregnant again? Formula fed, 1st period at 3 weeks, had sex 3 times at 5 weeks. Chance of pregnancy? More fertile?

Yes possible: As you describe if you had a cycle again, then, yes, you could be pregnant again. Bearing two children in less than 12 months is not common but absolutely not unheard of. ...Read more

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How big are babies at 4 months pregnant?

How big are babies at 4 months pregnant?

Size of orange: About 4 inches long, or about the size of a medium orange or avocado. ...Read more

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Can you feel a baby's heartbeat at 3 weeks pregnant?

Can you feel a baby's heartbeat at 3 weeks pregnant?

No: The fetal heartbeat may be heard by stethoscope around or after 20 weeks but not felt. ...Read more

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If i am 14 weeks pregnant will my baby measure at 12 weeks or 14 weeks due to the fact you are two weeks pregnant before you are really pregnant?

If i am 14 weeks pregnant will my baby measure at 12 weeks or 14 weeks due to the fact you are two weeks pregnant before you are really pregnant?

Confusing: 14 weeks as the measurement is taken from the LMP not conception date. So 14weeks is always really 12 weeks pregnant, confusing but true. Ultrasound measurements always have a margin of error that is usually +/- a week. Hope that helps and congratulations. ...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

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My sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks pregnant. Can the baby still test positive when born at 39 weeks?

My sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks pregnant. Can the baby still test positive when born at 39 weeks?

Yes: If the meconium is tested it can still be positive. I do not understand why your sister would not tell her doctor she was smoking marijuana. After all, her baby's health is important and anything possibly affecting baby should be communicated to her doctor. ...Read more

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Had a medical abortion at 14 weeks. 3 weeks after , 2 hpt were negative. However, i feel "gassy" in my stomach. Baby kicking? Continuing pregnancy?

Had a medical abortion at 14 weeks. 3 weeks after , 2 hpt were negative. However, i feel "gassy" in my stomach. Baby kicking? Continuing pregnancy?

1st, why RU gassy?: Feeling gassy may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, pelvic pathology outside the gut, maybe stress. ...Read more

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Why has my morning sickness stopped at 9 weeks pregnant with twins? Shouldnt it be lasting longer? Seen both babies hertbeats on us at 8 weeks 3 days

Why has my morning sickness stopped at 9 weeks pregnant with twins? Shouldnt it be lasting longer? Seen both babies hertbeats on us at 8 weeks 3 days

So lucky!: Consider yourself blessed that morning sickness stopped! if you saw the babies on ultrasound with heartbeats just a few days ago, i wouldn't be worried. You can always make another appt with doctor to check if you're worried, but by no means does lack of nausea mean you have miscarried! congratulations! ...Read more

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Do pregnant woman sleep more days or weeks before they deliver?

Do pregnant woman sleep more days or weeks before they deliver?

Not usually: Because they are more uncomfortable from the distended uterus, if you are excessively tired your OB can check another CBC and thyroid tests and other blood work to make sure you do not have anemia or worsening anemia or thryoid problem or a viral infection, etc. ...Read more

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38 weeks pregnant and very gassy?

38 weeks pregnant and very gassy?

Feel gassy: That actually might happen in 3rd trimester associated with constipation. If only gas is bothering you just avoid foods and beverages that create gas, such as beans, onion, soda, etc. If you need fibers such as vegetables, just steam them for few minutes. ...Read more

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How often should baby move at 20 weeks pregnant?

How often should baby move at 20 weeks pregnant?

Varies: At 20 weeks you can only expect to feel large movements by the baby so it is moving more than you notice. Women who have had babies before tend to fell movement sooner and feel more movements sooner. Just like children once they are out here, some babies are much more active than others. The concern is when a baby's activity level changes from its own normal. Hope this helps. ...Read more