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Short Labor In Children
If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.
Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read more
Plan Ahead: You are usually not able to bring other children to the delivery suite during labor, nor would you be able to care for them and manage them. Make a plan as delivery nears to have a friend, relative, or other caregiver available and "on call" to take your children when you need to go to the hospital for delivery. ...Read more
I am 35wks pregnant and I keep having short, sharp pains down in my pelvic area, is this a sign of labor?
There is one study that proposes, at the molecular level that an excess of oxytocin during birth could cross the infants blood brain barrier in sheep and mice.
This was published almost 10 years ago, and as far as I know there has been nothing further. On the other hand there are some studies that are proposing the use of oxytocin to aid in repetitive behaviors seen in the autistic spectrum. ...Read more
How long after I stop getting Progesterone shots will labor start? Cervix already short, not dilated.
Varies: Progesterone is a great medication proven to reduce pretty labor risk. If by injection, injections are usually given weekly. Or some use daily suppositories of progesterone. Most continue the meds until 36-37 weeks. After last dose of injection, it is assumed to work for 7 days. Suppositories effects are done when they stop use. Most say a week week period of working is realistic after last dose. ...Read more
I am having pressure in my pelvic. It's scaring me because I'm afraid it will affect me having children, what is the issue? I am having pressure in my pelvic area and I can feel it most when I sit down, it's worrying me because I had a pre term labor in
Pelvic pressure warrants a medical evaluation. You may be dealing with something as simple as a urinary tract infection (uti). On the other hand you may have uterine fibroids (benign tumors of the uterus) or even ovarian cysts. Also vaginal infections can present this way.
As you see there are a few different possibilities. Your doctor will need to do some testing and will also likely order a pelvic ultrasound. When all the results are in, your doctor will be able to tell you if there are any issues that would/are intefering with your ability to conceive, and will aslo give treatment as deemed necessary.
Best of luck. ...Read more
Is it true that some women have to take birth control pills not for prevention, after having complications during labor to have children in the future?
3 cervical cerclages, 1 preterm labor, 3 c-sections, 2 miscarriages... Would I be considered high risk? Pregnant with #6, only 3 surviving children
Yes: You would be considered high risk for any one of the several issues you raise. ...Read more
36 weeks 3cm 70% been having Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?
Labor: When the contractions are painful and five minutes apart for at least an hour it is time to be seen in labor and delivery. If you feel your pain is severe you should be promptly evaluated. If you are having trouble breathing then you should be seen in the ER. Over the counter medications such as Omeprazole are safe for use for heartburn. ...Read more
I'm 37 weeks pregnant having a lot of back pain and short sharp pains in abdomen baby dropped last week could I be going into labor?
It's possible: Braxton Hicks contractions are "false" labor, which is when the muscle fibers of the uterus begin practicing for the real deal. It's annoying for sure, but also reassuring that your body is just getting ready. Make sure you're following up with your care provider for exams to confirm. ...Read more
Should I see a perinatologist for my new pregnancy? I have suffered one ectopic, one miscarriage, and pre-term labor @ 23 wks. No live children.
Seeing MFM early: Many of us perinatologists or subspecialists in maternal-fetal medicine (mfm) encourage women with a history of prior losses to bring records for consultation before or early in pregnancy. We use the information and history to help create a plan for the healthiest possible pregnancy and know the patient in case problems develop. Plus we interact with OB care provider and do advanced fetal imaging. ...Read more
36 weeks pregnant w/ 2nd child, 32 yrs old, having short sharp pelvic pains, mild irregular contractions, and hip pain. How close am I to labor?
23 wks pregnt, short cervix, risk of preterm labor. Taking nitrofurantoin mono/mac. Read not to take near end of pregncy. Don't know I am near or not. Risk?
38w 1 got membrane sweep now I feel nausas n my stomach sore it's this normal? I'm goin into labour soon I'm 2 CM short very soft?
Labor possible: If you had your membranes stripped at 38 weeks, then this will very likely produce contractions, nausea, etc. You should call your OB and ask if they want you to come in to be checked. ...Read more
Good question: Well, it all looks hard to me. The first part of labor, when your cervix is opening, involves painful contractions for a number of hours. Pain meds or an epidural can be used here to reduce or completely remove the pain. When fully "opened" you will need to use your abdominal muscles to push your baby out. This can be some pretty hard physical work for 1-3 hours until the baby is out. ...Read more
Oxytocin: In some cases, it is necessary to augment labor by increasing the frequency and strength of contractions. That is often done by giving oxytocin (pitocin) in an IV in the pregnant woman's arm. If a provider says labor should be "speeded up" with "pit" an expectant couple should ask why it is needed, what are the benefits and risks, if anesthesia needs change, and if mom and fetus are doing well. ...Read more