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How To Bring On Labour Early
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
How far along can you go past your due date? And how long does the placenta work to feed your baby?
Most consider: Most consider it safe to go up to 2 weeks past the 40 week mark generally accepted as the due date but testing of fetal well being usually starts by 41 weeks and with reassuring tests the pregnancy can, in rare situations, be extended longer. The placenta can also age faster and in some conditions making fetal testing and, at times, earlier delivery necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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It happens by itself: True labor will happen by itself, at the right time when the baby is full term. Either the contractions will start up and get stronger and stronger, and closer and closer in time; or the woman will be seeing her ob-gyn for the regular appointment. The website has a full explanation: http://www.Babies.Sutterhealth.Org/laboranddelivery/labor/ld_lbr-begins.Html. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between a 30 & 32 week pregnancy? Also how early does the baby start to put head down for birth?
Pregnancy: 30 and 32 week pregnancies are differentiated by ultrasound dating - with the earlier dating the most accurate. About 75% of babies go head down by 30 weeks, but it does not become something the doctor will usually address until around 36 weeks. ...Read more
Too broad a topic: That's a really broad question that entire textbooks are written about. I think we'll be able to help you a lot more if you can ask something specific about what you're wanting to know. Sorry--will try to help with any questions you come up with! ...Read more
How long will it hurt to go to the bathroom (1&2), after vaginal labor and delivery if u get stiches?
Depends: It depends on how severe the "tearing" is. Having done it twice, i can say it's not too awful, and surprisingly that area heals very quickly! you will likely get a squirt bottle at hospital (like the one dish soap comes in but smaller). You will use this to squirt water on yourself whenever you use bathroom. This keeps it from hurting, and from getting infected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Term: You should wait until you are fully term, which is 40 weeks. Longer your baby stays inside of you, it can grow in a safe environment. ...Read more
Can you guys tell me how big did your breasts get during your pregnancy and how much did they go down after wards?
This is too: Variable to be generalized in a response. ...Read more
How long does it take first time moms that r in early labor to get into active labor. When i say early labor i mean 3cm dilated with contractions every 3 min?
Every labor : Pattern is unique. Your OB should help guide your expectations. ...Read more
What is the best advice you can give on how to avoid a c-section and labor inducing medicine when giving birth?
Discuss with OB: Talk to your obstetrician about their attitude on c-sections verses your attitude. If you both agree that you'd like to avoid one, and/or the use of labor inducing medications, that's the best odds you can have. Leave your mind open, though. In the process of birth there are often circumstances that occur that warrant the help of a c-section or meds to protect the life & well being of baby & mom. ...Read more
I'm 38 weeks and I have had 90mLs of castor oil I'm 2cm dilated could this bring on labour, I feel selfish now I have done this but I'm so fed up ?
Castor Oil: No harm, however I am not aware of any study that shows it helps. Do not feel guilty, I have not talked to any woman at 38 weeks who does not want it to be OVER! Best of luck, and remember you are near the end. I hope your delivery is smooth. ...Read more
Lots of ways: Pitocin (oxytocin) is a medication that mimics a hormone in your body to start contractions. Cervidil and Cytotec are prostaglandins that soften the cervix and may start some contractions that are used when your cervix is less open. Some doctors use a catheter that manually opens the cervix a little as well. It depends on why you are being induced and how your cervix is to start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wait until 39 weeks: After 39 weeks, you can encourage contractions in a uterus that is ready with sex (semen has natural hormones that gently stimulate labor) or gentle nipple stimulation. If the uterus is ready, it might work. If it doesn't work, it's probably not ready for labor. Your doctor can sweep membranes. The baby is developing it's brain and lungs and other organs right up to 40 weeks, so don't rush nature! ...Read more
No evidence: Karo corn syrup has never been studied as an agent to induce labor and likely never will. I would not recommend attempting labor induction at home without consultation with your provider. Karo syrup will likely just cause elevated blood sugars and i would avoid it, in pregnancy...And in life, really. ...Read more
Kickstart: Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health. There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
39 weeks: Labor can be induced at anytime. Sometimes we even induce prematurely if the mom or baby are in danger. There are risks of prematurity though. These risks seem to be lessened after 38 completed weeks. So we try to wait until after 39 weeks to induce someone electively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nature or not: Induction of labor is recommended when a pregnancy needs to be delivered for medical reasons. Providers use medications soften the cervix and contractions to start. All methods have risks, and "natural" methods can be just as risky as medication unless you are being monitored by your physician. If you are concerned and you need induction, talk to your doctor about what your options are. ...Read more
Labor: If you could bring on labor then the secrete would be out there and women would love it. Always remember the baby is part of the equation and sends a signal to the mom when it is time to come out. Part of the increase in Cesarean section rate is from inductions when it is not time. ...Read more
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