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Sick Sign Labour
5cm dilated all day I been nausiated, I'm hungry but then I can't eat I'm so thirsty but barely drink? Is this a sign ill be going into labor soon?
These are not the usual signs of labor.
But if you aren't drinking you can get dehydrated and cause false contractions.
It does sound like you are close since you are dilated to 5 cm.
If you can't get yourself to drink you need to be seen by your doc.
Good luck with your delivery. ...Read more
Ill be 38 weeks Friday. I've been having a lot of discharge and really loose stools. Is this a sign ill be in labor?
Possibly beginning: U say you're at 38 wks. U could be just getting diahrrea. Speak to your Ob tomorrow AM and be evaluated. ...Read more
Mucous plug: Some women will lose their mucous plug a week or two prior to the onset of labor. This is very variable. Another is the sensation that you can now breath because the baby has settled lower into the pelvis. Also a change in the way you walk for that reason and a sensation around the rectum. ...Read more
Please ask your OB: Any regular contractions or increased discharge, if u and baby is ok if u go into labor before 37 weeks then your doc will try to stop it, if your water breaks then it won't be stopped, so if u are worried call now so premature labor can be prevented rather than treated, and I always get an ultrasound on all of my pts between 34-36 weeks so I know what is going on, and don't go past your due date. ...Read more
They said she could have the baby at any time. What are some signs that she could be going in to labor?
Many different: She may feel less discomfort under ribs as baby drops. May be peeing more often as more pressure on bladder. Then there is "nesting" - that spurt of energy before labor ensues where she just wants to clean everything in site. Can also lose mucous plug - kind of a sticky, gooey, sometimes slightly bloody discharge. And finally there are contractions! Now it's real! ...Read more
See your doctor: At 42 weeks, you should be induced. Call your doctor and insist on being indused as soon as possible. ...Read more
Labor symptoms: Signs of labor include abdominal tightening on a regular basis, vaginal bleeding, or leakage of fluid. You can pass a mucous type substance or increase urination as the presenting part descends into the vagina and decreases the bladder capacity. You can experience all the above or just minimal changes but make sure you call your physician if you have anything going on that you feel uncomfortable ...Read more
What does it mean when the baby drops? I heard that this is a sign that labor has started, but what does it mean?
Your fetusâ€™s head tends to hang out in the upper part of the pelvis until the baby gets close to labor, at which point, the fetal head drops into the lower part of the pelvis. The doctor or midwife can feel this on external exam, because the head is no longer wobbling around above the fetal bone but has dropped down below it. It can also be assessed on pelvic exam as â€œstation, â€ meaning how far down the baby has dropped. You may also be able to tell if the baby has dropped because your belly may change shape.
So what does it mean if the baby drops? Usually it means the baby is getting ready for labor, but the amount of time between when the baby drops and when labor begins varies. If the baby drops prematurely, you may be put on bed rest, but that still doesnâ€™t mean labor is inevitable. However, when the baby drops at full term, in combination with painful contractions that become regular or a broken water bag, the time is coming. Keep in mind that mothers who have given birth many times may go into labor without having the baby drop until the cervix is almost fully dilated. But if the baby drops and itâ€™s your first, itâ€™s a good sign that the time to meet your baby is approaching. ...Read more
Same thing happened 8 days ago for 1-2 days. She rarely gets ill/ has high pain tolerance, constant dull pain then comes in waves of labor like pains?
This is an emergency: She needs a Ct- and/pelvis and blood work - need to to go to the ER and be evaluated ASAP. ...Read more
Painful contractions: The standard is painful contractions that are every 2-3 minutes and have been coming that frequently for at least an hour, getting closer together and longer. If you have contractions that don't quite fit the pattern and are making you miserable that is probably labor. Check with your provider for when to go to the hospital. ...Read more
Labor: Signs that labor is approaching include dilation of the cervix. Loss of the cervical mucus plug is another sign. Some dilation and loss ov the mucus plug can occur weeks before the baby actually comes. Many women develop an increase in energy level. Once your water breaks it is important to tell your physician. Contractions may last half a minute to a minute and a half. ...Read more
Cramping/Contraction: Cramping and contractions are common. Additional signs that can signify preterm labor include rhythmic back pain or pelvic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, bleeding or spotting, large gush of amniotic fluid. In any case where preterm labor is suspected the pregnant woman should seek immediate care from her OB provider or local OB facility. ...Read more
Contractions, other: Contractions with cervical change before term define preterm labor. They can be mild or irregular, accompanied by discharge, back pain, etc. If preterm, especially with risk factors (eg, twins, diabetes), it is always appropriate to call OB or go to labor & delivery asap. An evaluation by physician is needed. Sometimes a transfer to a perinatal center is required, and it can take time to mobilize. ...Read more