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Delivery At 36 38 Weeks (Overview)

Sometimes early delivery is recommended for medical reasons. This can be done by induction of labor or c-section.


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38 weeks feeling contractions occassionally how long til delivery?

38 weeks feeling contractions occassionally how long til delivery?

Cn not predict that: Could be later today could be a few weeks, I tell my pts, to call if the contractions are 5 -6 minutes apart for 2 hours in a row or if they hurt bad enough that u want something for pain or if your water breaks, or if u are worried the baby is not moving, and i rec u do not go past your due date, ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, induction is safe easy and effective my pts want induction. ...Read more

Delivery At 36 38 Weeks (Overview)

Sometimes early delivery is recommended for medical reasons. This can be done by induction of labor or c-section.


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I've gained 38 pounds and am 38 weeks pregnant and am under 18. How much weight will I lose once delivery is over from alumanatic fluid etc?

I've gained 38 pounds and am 38 weeks pregnant and am under 18. How much weight will I lose once delivery is over from alumanatic fluid etc?

Varies: You can expect to lose the weight of the baby plus one or two pounds from the placenta and amniotic fluid. You will urinate off some retained water present in your feet and sof tissue. The rest will depend on your diet and activity level. ...Read more

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I just had a stillbirth delivery at 38 weeks, first pregnancy, no know cause. How long should I wait to get pregnant again?

I just had a stillbirth delivery at 38 weeks, first pregnancy, no know cause. How long should I wait to get pregnant again?

Give it some time: Speak to your obstetrician and make sure that all aspects have been evaluated for the stillbirth. If there was a compromise in the umbilical cord that may potentially give an answer. Also, chromosomal evaluation may be helpful along with familial thrombophilia clotting studies. Allow yourself and your partner to grieve the death of the child before jumping into the next pregnancy. Make sure that all potential causes have been evaluated before attempting another pregnancy. I personally would have my patient waited at least 4 to 6 months before trying again. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and the doctor at labor and delivery prescribed hydrocodon 5-500 to me because of pain... Is that safe? Need another opinion

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and the doctor at labor and delivery prescribed hydrocodon 5-500 to me because of pain... Is that safe? Need another opinion

Category C: It is a category c drug animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks. While this may sound bad, most of the meds in pregnancy fall in this category. Hydrocodone is generally considered safe. ...Read more

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I am now 38 weeks of pregnancy, feeling frequent lower abdominal pain and urgency in passing urine and motion.is it sign for upcoming delivery?

I am now 38 weeks of pregnancy, feeling frequent lower abdominal pain and urgency in passing urine and motion.is it sign for upcoming delivery?

Maybe: The pelvic pressure may be coming from "lightening" or a drop into the pelvis by the baby indicating labor may begin soon. You need to time the "abdominal pains" and if they occur at an interval of 5 minutes or fewer regularly call your OB MD. ...Read more

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I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have diabetics. My baby weighng 2.8 kg. Doctor suggest me dilivery a baby within 5 days. Is it fine if i dilivery befr 38 weeks?

I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have diabetics. My baby weighng 2.8 kg. Doctor suggest me dilivery a baby within 5 days. Is it fine if i dilivery befr 38 weeks?

Yes: If your baby has good weight and seems fully grown, 37 weeks is probably really 38. The estimated date of confinement is always an approximate date. There is a two-week window of acceptable error before and after your edc that is still considered full-term. Congratulations, good luck, jp. ...Read more

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36 year old with cholestasis of pregnancy during 2nd pregnancy. 6 months after delivery liver enzymes were still elevated, but GB been removed.....?

36 year old with cholestasis of pregnancy during 2nd pregnancy.  6 months after delivery liver enzymes were still elevated, but GB been removed.....?

Unexplained weight loss: Assessment and Plan: 36 yo woman G2P2 with PMH sig for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, cholecystitis, s/p cholycystecomy presents with unexplained weight loss, elevated transaminases of unknown level >6 mo, polyarthralgia, fatigue, nausea, and dysmenorrhea.

You need to be referred to multiple specialists for evaluation of your medical problems.
1. Gastroenterology/Hepatology- CT/MRI scan of liver indicated,repeat ERCP if indicated.
Consider liver biopsy since liver enzymes elevated >6 months. Evaluate all meds, alcohol use, family history of hemochromatosis, NASH. Serology for TSH, Iron, Ferritin, TIBC, alpha-1 antitrypsin, liver function, Hepatitis serologies, ANA, H. Pylori test, and other labs as indicated.

2. OB/GYN- Your painful periods/ dysmenorrhea can be best evaluated by a OB/GYN specialist.
3. Internal Medicine-workup other causes wt. loss, fatigue, joint pain based on med history/ meds.
These referrals should be a good start. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks but scan says 38 weeks?

I'm 36 weeks but scan says 38 weeks?

Pregnancy Dating: The later in the pregnancy the scan the less accurate it is. But, scan are reported dating back to LMP not conception. ...Read more

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Can i b induced at 38 weeks?

Can i b induced at 38 weeks?

Induced: Yes, but that that is a decision between you and your obstetrician. ...Read more

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How often do baby have to move at 38 weeks?

How often do baby have to move at 38 weeks?

Changes: The movement changes to larger more squirmy movement and less kicking. If there is any question about it, lay down on your side after eating or drinking some juice. Count how long it takes for baby to move 10 times. If baby doesn't move 10 times within an hour, go to the hospital. ...Read more

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Or it normal for my 38 weeks to have leakage.

Or it normal for my 38 weeks to have leakage.

Mucous or water?: As you get closer to the delivery day you may notice an increase in mucous and discharge. This happens as your cervix dilates. Many people will also leak small amounts of urine which is also common. If there is a continuous watery discharge then your water may have broken. In that case you need to go to labor and delivery. If you are not sure then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Advantages and disadvantages of not having cervix checked at 38+ weeks?

Advantages and disadvantages of not having cervix checked at 38+ weeks?

Aren't you curious?: The biggest advantage is that a cervix check will help your doctor know if your cervix is ripe or not. This can be important if an induction of labor is being considered. The disadvantage is a very slight increase in the rate of infection and the discomfort of the exam. Best wishes! ...Read more

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38 weeks and a lot of discharge?

Prob normal: Discharge at the end of the pregnancy, especially a lot if mucous is normal. If there is itching or a foul odor, or if the discharge is watery, then you need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does pain in my lower back mean at 38 weeks?

What does pain in my lower back mean at 38 weeks?

Normal: Your body is going through alot of changes and your baby is growing fast and gaining weight quickly. The hormones if pregnancy can cause looseness of ligaments which can cause back pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a decrease in discharge at 38 weeks?

Is it normal to have a decrease in discharge at 38 weeks?

Probably: If you are referring to normal physiologic benign discharge getting less, then I would not be concerned today. But during your upcoming visit to your obstetrician please bring it to their attention to check you out. ...Read more

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Is there any safe way to encourage labor? I'm 38 weeks and some days

Is there any safe way to encourage labor? I'm 38 weeks and some days

Encourage labor: The traditional answer is to have sex. The combination of mechanical pressure, the prostaglandins in seminal fluid, and vigorous exercise all tend to promote labor. There is, of course, no guarantee that this will work. ...Read more

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Noticed a snotty discharge when wiped myself and am 38+weeks. Help?

Noticed a snotty discharge when wiped myself and am 38+weeks. Help?

Cervical plug: In most pregnancy, there is a cervical plug that helps to provide protection.
As the pregnancy approach term, most of the plug are passed in preparation of onset of labor and it is usually described as "snotty discharge ". You should not worry because of the discharge.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How to induse my labor I'm 38 weeks and is ready to have the baby now

How to induse my labor I'm 38 weeks and is ready to have the baby now

Baby's lungs: Please don't try to induce labor in yourself. It is best to discuss this with your obstetrician. It is quite important that the baby's lungs be adequately mature before you deliver. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks if I bent down or try to get up can I squash my babys body or head?

I'm 38 weeks if I bent down or try to get up can I squash my babys body or head?

Pregnancy & activity: No. Bending down and getting up will not harm your baby. Exercise is very helpful in pregnancy. I have had women in their 8th month do triathalons and run marathons. Before starting any exercise program while pregnant, be sure to discuss with your OB ...Read more

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If my ths is normal and my 3t4 is .77 how does that affect my fetus at 38 weeks?

If my ths is normal and my 3t4 is .77 how does that affect my fetus at 38 weeks?

Yes and does not: I am assuming 3t4 means free t4. What is the tsh? That is more important to make a DX of hypothyroidism or subclinical hypothyroidism.
Your baby will be fine — no need to worry. ...Read more

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Myheightis5.6&mydadheight is6.0&mymom heightis5.2my grndmomis5.1&my grnddad is6.0.I was born under 38 weeks so im late bloomer hw much I will grw im18

Myheightis5.6&mydadheight is6.0&mymom heightis5.2my grndmomis5.1&my grnddad is6.0.I was born under 38 weeks so im late bloomer hw much I will grw im18

Your age is what?: Walter, you asked this question a few minutes ago and said you were 17. Now you are 18? That was quick! You don't want us to lie to you but are you lying to us? Please, explain and if you are not 18 ask your mom or dad to talk to us. If you are not honest with us or anybody else, you ll never get the true information you need, nor will people be able to trust you. Think Pinocchio here. ...Read more

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I'll be 38 weeks prego on Friday! Is it ok 2 get induced at this time? I want 2 have her this weekend because I will have alot of support from family.

I'll be 38 weeks prego on Friday! Is it ok 2 get induced at this time? I want 2 have her this weekend because I will have alot of support from family.

Yes: 38 weeks pregnant is considered full term and a safe gestational age for a baby to be delivered. However, there are many other factors (including a cervical exam) that determine if inducing labor is the right decision for you at this time. This is best discussed with your OB provider. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am a pregnant 38 weeks but I have tsitomegalovirus. My baby is okey.?

Cytomegalovirus: This common dna herpes virus can create fetal damage if you had active infection early in your pregnancy. If you only have antibodies for CMV these may be reflective of disease at an indeterminate prior date. You should discuss this with your obstetrician, or rephrase the question with more specific info. How do you know you have cmv? Is this recent infection? ...Read more