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Is constant pain in lumbar left side normal in 40th week of pregnancy? No signs of active labor. Pain doesn't allow for waking and sitting.

Is constant pain in lumbar left side normal in 40th week of pregnancy? No signs of active labor. Pain doesn't allow for waking and sitting.

Not normal but seen: Constant back pain limiting basic activities of daily living (e.g. Walking or sitting) isn't normal; not even at 40 week of pregnancy. The weight gain, the "basketball" & surge in hormone preparing pelvic bones for delivery may contribute to the problem. Constant severe activity limiting pain should be discussed with ob. C-section is considered as the condition may interfere w/ vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Hi, is it possible to have an labor pain even if i had abortion on the 9th week of pregnancy? (01/27/13) have lots of pain for 2days now.

Hi, is it possible to have an labor pain even if i had abortion on the 9th week of pregnancy? (01/27/13) have lots of pain for 2days now.

Not labor pain: The pain you're experiencing 8-9 months after an abortion would not be related to that procedure. However, your pain does need investigation. I suggest a visit to your primary care physician or obgyn. If the pain is very intense -- go to er since it's saturday. Be well. ...Read more

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What homeopathy medicine can I use in the 9th month of pregnancy to have an easy delivery and reduce labor pain?

What homeopathy medicine can I use in the 9th month of pregnancy to have an easy delivery and reduce labor pain?

Arn.,Caul.,Cimic.&..: A double-blind study done in 1987 showed women taking 12c potencies of caulophyllum, arnica, pulsatilla, gelsemium & cimicifuga 3x/week in the 9th month experienced 40% less time in labor! there are also a variety of remedies one can take during labor as indicated to ease the birthing process. Homeopathy is totally safe to take when pregnant. See http://www.Elixirs.Com/faq.Htm for more info. ...Read more

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What are the risks of the mother if the Uterus tries to push out the baby at 5th month of pregnancy giving the mother unbearable mini labor pain.

What are the risks of the mother if the Uterus tries to push out the baby at 5th month of pregnancy giving the mother unbearable mini labor pain.

Minimal : The risk to the mother is minimal most of the time. The risk to the fetus is significant at that gestational age. Prematurity and it's side effects is very serious. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be physically active during pregnancy? I want to get strong for labor.

Is it ok to be physically active during pregnancy? I want to get strong for labor.

OK if uncomplicated: Whether, when, and how to exercise when pregnant are important concerns. An OB provider who is experienced and knows the patient best is the one who can assess risk and benefits of exertion. Traditionally obs caution patients to not start any new types of exercise and to update them on problems. Note that high-risk conditions, illness, fetal problems might require a change in activity type, level. ...Read more

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What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

What causes swollen ankles ("cankles") after labour? Didn't get swelling during pregnancy, only after.

Labour type?: How did you deliver? Cesarean? Vaginal deliver? It may play a role sometimes due to stirrups against the feet in vaginal delivery. Other than that, swelling can happen for a number of reasons but likely the stress from delivery and added weight (although not noticed during pregnancy) caused the swollen ankles. ...Read more

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How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

Early Labor: You need to be patient. Maybe take a walk, warm bath and a light meal. Labor takes time . Eventually the contractions will be consistent and come closer. ...Read more

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Is a fluctuating temperature during pregnancy indicative of labor ?

Is a fluctuating temperature during pregnancy indicative of labor ?

No: A true fever (over 100.4 degrees f) suggests infection, but just feeling hot or warm doesn't indicate labor. Most pregnant women often feel warm in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Yes: Yes, it can as long as it is done gently and no anal intercourse is done due to infection risk and cross contamination. Orgasm in the third trimester can actually stimulate demonstrable uterine contractions that can eventually result in labor. Please check with your treating OB MD to be certain that it is safe to engage in sexual activity. ...Read more

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How can I help my wife during pregnancy and during labor when that time comes?

How can I help my wife during pregnancy and during labor when that time comes?

Talk to her..: Tell her how beautiful she is, thank her over and over again, massage her back, tie her shoes when she can't reach them anymore, tell her again how beautiful she is. During labor, listen to her - do what she wants you to do at that moment, and realize that request may change 5 seconds later. Be patient with her - she's not sure either from one second to the next what she will need! ...Read more

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Help plz! Can pregnancy or labor cause mastocytosis?

No: Mastocytosis is caused by mutations in the DNA that lead to increased mast cell growth. These mutations occur randomly, not due to pregnancy or labor. Hormonal changes in pregnancy may exacerbate the symptoms of mastocytosis, or can also lead to other problems like hives during or after pregnancy. See an allergist/immunologist or a provider that specializes in mastocytosis for more info. ...Read more

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Does WPW syndrome need to be concerned during pregnancy and labor?

Does WPW syndrome need to be concerned during pregnancy and labor?

No more: than usual....Make sure your OB-GYN knows about your Cardiac History and any Medications you may be on. Get checked by your Internist/Cardiologist during your pregnancy (I suggest each Trimester! Good Luck Healthy Baby!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Which members of labor and delivery staff will be around during pregnancy?

Labor nurse: Usually your labor nurse and possibly a nursing student or a resident (only in training facilities). ...Read more

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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