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Signs Of Getting Close To Labor
Cramping/Contrations: Cramping and contractions are common. Tightening of the abdomen can also be noted. Rhythmic back pain, pevlic pressure, change in vaginal discharge, spotting or bleeding, or large gush of fluid can also be a sign. In any case where there is concern, the pregnant woman should seek immediate care with her OB provider or at an OB facility. ...Read more
Delivery: 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
Many factors: Many factors determine whether or not a woman will go into preterm labor and will have a preterm delivery. A good predictor is to determine the length of the cervix by ultrasound. If by 24 weeks the length is not less than 30 mm, the likelihood of a preterm delivery is very low. The most important preventive measure you can take is, attend prenatal care visits on a regular basis. ...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 are the effects of giving birth at 34 weeks pregnant? I think i'm showing signs of going into labor soon so i'd like to know what'd happen.
Hmmm: For you nothing more than if you delivered at term. The baby of course would be affected the greatest. ...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
Yes: In late 2nd trimester the usual warning signs are related to preterm labor, fetal well-being, and preeclampsia. These include but are not limited to headaches unrelieved by tylenol/rest, upper abdominal pain, (worsening) nausea/vomiting, vaginal bleeding, regular uterine contractions >4-6 per hour, decreased fetal movement, vision changes, concern as to whether your amniotic membranes ruptured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the risks of the mother if the Uterus tries to push out the baby at 5th month of pregnancy giving the mother unbearable mini labor pain.
Minimal : The risk to the mother is minimal most of the time. The risk to the fetus is significant at that gestational age. Prematurity and it's side effects is very serious. ...Read more
Can you tell me the symptoms of having amniotic fluids get into your bloodstream why delivering cesarean?
Amniotic fluid: Amniotic fluid embolism is what I assume you are talking about. If a large bolus of fluid gets into your blood stream it can cause very sudden shock. Luckily this is very uncommon. In fact in 20 years I haven't had one of these. If its recognized and treated appropriately women do recover well from this. ...Read more
Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more
If your healthy what are the chances of getting pre eclampsia or blood clots and dying during pregnancy or after giving birth?
Not likely: If healthy, and you eat well, keep active, take prenatal vitamins and have regular prenatal checks, while pregnant, you are not at risk for clots or pre eclampsia. Also, your chances of dying are about zero. Would you like to have a baby? Are you afraid? Looks like you have done some research. Why not talk to your dr about your concerns. Good luck to you. Dr. Mom. ...Read more
Labor: Braxton Hicks are defined as painless tighening and usually are also shorter than labor contractions. Preterm labor is typically painful and gets progressively worse. However, only way to know for sure if see your OB for an evaluation and possible uterine monitoring. A fetal fibronectin test may also help ...Read more
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