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Dr. Austina Cho
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Early Delivery (Overview)

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


Dr. Austina Cho
10 doctors shared insights

Early Delivery (Overview)

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


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What reasons are there for doing an early delivery at 34-36 weeks?

What reasons are there for doing an early delivery at 34-36 weeks?

Risk: Any risk to your fetus or your own health would compel the ob/gyn to do an early delivery. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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Could an early delivery (week 37) affect my baby's health in the future?

Could an early delivery (week 37) affect my baby's health in the future?

Not usually: Most of the issues involved with a 37 wk delivery will show up in the first 24hrs. After the initial period of stabilization has passed , they are essentially like any term newborn. ...Read more

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Baby is in the head down position at 29 weeks. Is she likely to stay there? Does this increase the possibility of preterm/early delivery?

Baby is in the head down position at 29 weeks. Is she likely to stay there? Does this increase the possibility of preterm/early delivery?

Yes and no: Since most babies deliver from the head down position it is likely to end up that way but change is possible. No, being head down does not mean you are more likely to deliver early. Be aware of your sensations and check out any early contractions with the OB to be sure you know when to come in for an evaluation.Early labor can be stopped so baby has a better chance to avoid newborn intensive care. ...Read more

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At week 40, is a c-section the only option I have if I need to have an early delivery?

At week 40, is a c-section the only option I have if I need to have an early delivery?

No: 40 weeks is full-term, so you don't have to worry about being early any more. If you need to be delivered before labor starts, induction is the term that is used. If your cervix isn't open, you may need cervical ripening which can be done with prostaglandins or mechanically. If it is open, we normally use pitocin (oxytocin). Your doctor should be able to go over all these options with you. ...Read more

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Do I need to move in with family near level 3 hospital if high risk for early delivery?

Consider it: Talk with your OB about the details of your personal situation. If you are at high risk for preterm delivery and live far away from the higher-level specialty care you and your baby will need with a preterm birth, it may be worth the inconvenience. Minutes and even seconds can really matter in the care of a premature newborn, and preterm deliveries often happen very rapidly. Good luck! ...Read more

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1. Does gestational diabetic causes c section? And early delivery (before due date)

No and Yes: Having gestational diabetes does not mean that you will have to have a cesarean section. Lots of gestional diabetics deliver vaginally. Important to control your blood sugar because uncontrolled diabetes can lead to large babies which do need a cesarean. All gestational diabetics on medication typically deliver by 39 weeks or undergo induction at 39 weeks. One week prior to one's due date. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

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