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Causes Of Cervix Dilation
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
I'm 37.2wks preg, 3-4cents dilated. Is it safe to have sex or would it enter the cervix and harm the baby?
Can a pap smear to check for vaginal infection at 32 weeks pregnant irritate the cervix, to the point of dilating or effacing it?
Who cares: You should not be worried about cervical mucus early in pregnancy( unless u have a vaginal infection or what your cervix should feel like your doctor can worry about all of that, the main thing u want to know is the pregnancy viable and when u are in your 2nd trimester among other things does your cervix measure normal length on ultrasound, I do not rec trying to feel your cervix no point to that. ...Read more
Last pregnancy diagnoses with incompetent cervix. Does this affect ability to get pregnant? Does this make miscarriage more likely?
Does a hard uterus in early pregnancy cause any risk to continue with pregnancy and will the baby grow normal?
Does getting your first period at an age lower than 13 actually increase your risk of ovarian/cervical/breast cancer?
Minimal effect: Statistically speaking it may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer and Ovarian cancer. But in an individual person it makes no big difference , so I would not worry about it as there is a long life to make amends and live by a healthy lifestyle and overcome any such risks. If you eat healthy and exercise daily, the risk of cancer goes down considerably! ...Read more
Does a tight cervix affect a woman's ability to get pregnant and/or carry to term? Are there any pros/cons of tight cervix when it comes to pregnancy
No, no, probably not: Unless the cervix is scarred from prior injury, its canal has become very stenotic and deformed or it has a rare congenital anomaly, an otherwise normal cervix is a dynamic organ which may seem "tight" at times and soft and relaxed at other times. Ability to get pregnant and/or carry to term should not be affected by a "tight"appearance." No" to the first 2 questions and "probably not" to the 3rd. ...Read more
Varies : That will be different for every woman. ...Read more
I'm 16.5 weeks pregnant & baby is still in pelvic area. (tipped uterus to begin w/) at what point does the uterus need to move up or jeopardize baby?
What's the highest your blood pressure should reach in late pregnancy before going to labor and delivery?
Briefly, what, if any, are the indications one might have an incompetent cervix prior to pregnancy? Or can any early symptoms show in 1st trimester?
Past history: One of the problems with cervical incompetence is that there are no symptoms or tests that detect it until the cervix begins to shorten. Clinical history must be the guide. Risk factors include a previous 2nd trimester loss, cervical surgery, collagen vascular disease and others. ...Read more
As the uterus expands during pregnancy with baby inside, what happens to the Fallopian tubes? Do they get crushed by the growing uterus or baby?
Is it more likely for your cervix to thin and dilate quicker with 4 pregnancy ? First 3 all normal and successful
Good question: That's such a good question, and the answer is complicated. In my experience, women who had a lot of deliveries oftentimes the cervix will be the same for weeks on end and then will change suddenly. That is, labor when it comes causes rapid changes to the cervix. I'm like a woman's first delivery where the change is more methodical. ...Read more
No particular amount: At 39 weeks, your cervix could be dilated anywhere from 0-2 or 3 cm. However, it can be highly variable and usually depends on how many children you have had. But there's no particular cervical dilation that you should be at 39 weeks. Just remember, every woman's body is a little different. Good luck! ...Read more
At what point in pregnant. Does mother feel softer movement? 32 wks, proper number of kicks as per ob but often softer than they were earlier in pregnant
32 centimeters: The fundal height is measured from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. At about 20 weeks gestation the top of the uterus is typically 20 centimeters above the pubis - and from that time until about 34 weeks the uterus will grow at about one centimeter each week. By 32 weeks the uterus should measure about 32 centimeters above the pubis. ...Read more
If u have gestational diabetes at what point would your baby start to grow larger than average?Could it be larger in the 1st trimester or later on?
Typically later: Gestational diabetes by its very nature is a condition that develops later in pregnancy. It has to do with Insulin resistance caused by the hormones from the placenta. This would not impact a pregnancy in the first trimester. You would expect to see growth issues in the second or third trimesters. ...Read more
When your cervix is fully dilated, your doctor gives you the OK to push. Propelled by your effort and the force of your contractions, the baby makes his way through the birth canal. The fontanels -- soft spots -- on his head allow it to mold to the shape of this narrow passage. Your baby's head "crowns" when the widest part of it is ...Read more
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