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I loss my baby @ 38 weeks, less than 3 days before schedule c-section, his heart stop. What are some possible reasons for this to happen?

I loss my baby @ 38 weeks, less than 3 days before schedule c-section, his heart stop. What are some possible reasons for this to happen?

Loss: I am sorry for your loss. Late trimester losses are most frequently due to a cord accident meaning entanglement or a knot. Other causes are tested for when delivered such as toxoplasmosis, parvo virus, herpes etc. If an autopsy is done the fetus will be examined for any undiagnosed problems. Placenta is also examined. Infections are looked for. Please consider joining a support group such as RTS ...Read more

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My sister is 38 weeks and her contractions are 2 mins apart and back to back and she has not dilated. does she have to have a c-section?

My sister is 38 weeks and her contractions are 2 mins apart and back to back and she has not dilated. does she have to have a c-section?

Unknown: She needs to be frequently assessed to determine the health status of the baby. As she gets closer to 40 weeks there are other ways to help the cervix dilate. All the best. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and my baby is facing downwards but is looking at my belly. Should it be better and safer to go for a c-section?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and my baby is facing downwards but is looking at my belly. Should it be better and safer to go for a c-section?

Depends.: Talk to your obstetrician, your husband and consider for yourself what the best option is for mode of delivery. The occiput posterior cephalic presentation you describe is not an indication for cesarean delivery, however prelabor cesarean by maternal request is certainly reasonable if you are only planning to have 1-2 children. Good luck! ...Read more

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Im 38 weeks pregnant with chlamydia i was wondering would they do a C-section since im so far along and i go to the doctors tuesday?

Im 38 weeks pregnant with chlamydia i was wondering would they do a C-section since im so far along  and  i go to the doctors tuesday?

Chlamydia, pregnancy: Chlamydia infection during pregnancy needs to be treated with an appropriate antibiotic to prevent vertical transmission to the baby. Although vaginal delivery of an infected mother poses a higher risk to the baby than a C-section, infection of the baby may still occur with C-section. You need to discuss treatment and delivery options with your OB. ...Read more

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Am i leaking amniotic fluid or is it discharge? 38 weeks, sched C-section 5/6, clear fluid have to change underwear, smells normal vagina, very thin

Am i leaking amniotic fluid or is it discharge? 38 weeks, sched C-section 5/6, clear fluid have to change underwear, smells normal vagina, very thin

Need to be checked: Although having an increased amount of vaginal discharge is normal in pregnancy, any pregnant woman near term with a continuous, clear, watery discharge should be evaluated to rule out amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Previous c section, placenta anterior 4-5 cm above scar, no acretta now but can it develop in 3rd trimester?

Previous c section, placenta anterior 4-5 cm above scar, no acretta now but can it develop in 3rd trimester?

It may!: You need repeat sonograms during pregnancy to evaluate the situation. The problem would be if you develop placenta increta, or percreta because these could make your anatomy more difficult to deal with, especially if this would occur at the previous incision site! Be vigilant and know your situation! ...Read more

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Is it better to schedule a third C-section at 37, or 38 versus the full 39 or 40 weeks?

Is it better to schedule a third C-section at 37, or 38 versus the full 39 or 40 weeks?

Yes and no: The American Congress of Ob/Gyns recommends that elective c/sections not be performed prior to 39 0/7 weeks. If there is a medical reason such as diabetes or hypertension, the c/section may be performed earlier. There is some very recent data hinting that a repeat c/section earlier than 39 weeks may avoid some problems but this very preliminary information and additional studies will be needed. ...Read more

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Will I be able to argue for C-section at 37 weeks?

Will I be able to argue for C-section at 37 weeks?

Not likely: The decision regarding when to have a c/section is made on a case by case basis, as a joint decision, between you and your surgeon (since you both must be present for surgery.) The American Congress of Ob/Gyns recommends that elective c/sections not be performed prior to 39 0/7 weeks. If there is a medical reason such as diabetes or hypertension, the c/section may be performed earlier. ...Read more