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Tmi. Change in discharge 38wks. White creamy discharge since the beginning of pregnancy. Since this morning it has been clear & oily? --sign of labor?

Tmi. Change in discharge 38wks. White creamy discharge since the beginning of pregnancy. Since this morning it has been clear & oily? --sign of labor?

The baby is coming: I would not call it labor, but your uterus is getting ready for labor. I believe this change in discharge is a sign that you can smile about. Soon you will be a mother. Congratulations. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is constant pain in lumbar left side normal in 40th week of pregnancy? No signs of active labor. Pain doesn't allow for waking and sitting.

Is constant pain in lumbar left side normal in 40th week of pregnancy? No signs of active labor. Pain doesn't allow for waking and sitting.

Not normal but seen: Constant back pain limiting basic activities of daily living (e.g. Walking or sitting) isn't normal; not even at 40 week of pregnancy. The weight gain, the "basketball" & surge in hormone preparing pelvic bones for delivery may contribute to the problem. Constant severe activity limiting pain should be discussed with ob. C-section is considered as the condition may interfere w/ vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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I'm in 37th week of pregnancy, my vagina started to ache. Is it normal and a sign of pre-term labor?

I'm in 37th week of pregnancy, my vagina started to ache. Is it normal and a sign of pre-term labor?

Not usually: Vaginal aching is typically an indication of pressure from pregnancy, not usually preterm labor. Labor pain is cyclical.... It comes in waves and lasts for about 60 seconds or so. The vaginal pain you describe is more typically a stabbing, aching pain that is constant. Sometimes a warm bath at this stage in pregnancy can feel good. ...Read more

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Signs of preterm labor i'm 24 years old and 27 weeks pregnant. I think i'm having normal aches and pains of pregnancy, but need to make sure. Braxton hicks (5-6 a day) hip pain (constant) heaviness in abdomen and thighs (off and on for weeks now) sharp

Signs of preterm labor i'm 24 years old and 27 weeks pregnant. I think i'm having normal aches and pains of pregnancy, but need to make sure. 

Braxton hicks (5-6 a day)
hip pain (constant)
heaviness in abdomen and thighs (off and on for weeks now)
sharp

All : All of the above symptoms you described are common at your stage of pregnancy. However, my rule of thumb for any pregnant patient is to contact your ob/gyn if you have any concerns, even the slightest. You can call your doctor's office 24/7 and there will always be someone on call to take your call. If you have any of the following signs of preterm labor present to OB triage right away: contractions that occur every 10 min. Or more frequently leakage of fluid or blood from your vagina increase in pelvic pressure intense backache cramps( like your period) best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy! ...Read more

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Is frequently passing of gas a sign of labour in due pregnancy?

No: The best sign of that is increasing frequency of contractions or increasing pressure down low. ...Read more

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How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

Early Labor: You need to be patient. Maybe take a walk, warm bath and a light meal. Labor takes time . Eventually the contractions will be consistent and come closer. ...Read more

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Is a fluctuating temperature during pregnancy indicative of labor ?

No: A true fever (over 100.4 degrees f) suggests infection, but just feeling hot or warm doesn't indicate labor. Most pregnant women often feel warm in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Can sex during pregnancy help to have easier labor?

Yes: Yes, it can as long as it is done gently and no anal intercourse is done due to infection risk and cross contamination. Orgasm in the third trimester can actually stimulate demonstrable uterine contractions that can eventually result in labor. Please check with your treating OB MD to be certain that it is safe to engage in sexual activity. ...Read more

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How can I help my wife during pregnancy and during labor when that time comes?

Talk to her..: Tell her how beautiful she is, thank her over and over again, massage her back, tie her shoes when she can't reach them anymore, tell her again how beautiful she is. During labor, listen to her - do what she wants you to do at that moment, and realize that request may change 5 seconds later. Be patient with her - she's not sure either from one second to the next what she will need! ...Read more