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Signs Of Getting Close To Labor
I'm 39 weeks pregnant and get lower belly cramps, rectum cramps as well. Soon after I let gas out, the. Cramps then go away. Is it early signs of labor?
Maybe not: It sounds like you hare having cramping from gas. The bowels are compressed by the enlarged uterus at 39 weeks and gas can cause some cramping. Pregnant women at term get all sorts of strange sensations. Its sometimes hard to sort them all out; however, labor pain isn't usually associated with gas. Labor involves regular contractions you can time with your watch every few minutes. Best wishes ...Read more
Thank you Also I'm having my 2nd child soon I get braxton hicks baby head down is it sign I might go labour on tims then being overdue?
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
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
Sometimes.: Tolac should generally work in 2/3 women who attempt it, but only very few maternity centers are geared to deal with its potential complications, so proceed with caution. If your chance for vaginal delivery after c-section is <60% I would recommend repeat prelabor c-section, with the understanding that no more than two c-sections are advisable. ...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
Could be!: If you are leaking fluid from the vagina, it could be that your "water has broken". Call your OB doc or get checked. ...Read more
Something like that: I have observed that a large number of women experience chills after delivering. They experience uncontrollable shaking. It is relieved by or subsides by the time someone goes to get them a warm blanket. That would seem to be more of a "cold flash" than a hot one, but it may to be a similar sensation. As I am always on the catching side of the delivery, I can't say first hand, however... ...Read more
Prolonged labor: You didn't do anything right or wrong to have a prolonged labor. You don't have much control over the process. ...Read more
Unlikely.: This is not a medical question; please follow question guidelines for this forum. ...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
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
I've been having intense cramping lately and it's only getting worse. Plus the feeling of wanting to push is there could this be a sign labor is close?
Maybe: If you are pregnant and near your due date, yes. If pregnant and not near your due date you need to be seen asap. ...Read more