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Signs Of Pre Labor
I'm 37 weeks pregnant. Today I noticed that labia minora is puffier than normal. No other symptoms Is this normal? Could this be a sign of pre labor?
No!: If you look closer (maybe from a mirror!) you may notice that everything around the genital area is "puffier" than normal. This is part of generalized swelling that is characteristic of pregnancy including - of course - not only your genitals, but also the rest of your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
34 weeks & signs of pre term labor @ 31 weeks. Last week was 3.5cm dilated 25% effaced. Got steroids at 31 weeks. Belly is rock hard. Concern?
Preterm labor: IF you are 34 weeks and already dilated to 3.5 cm then you are at very high risk for preterm labor. It sounds like your doctor is aware of this since you already got steroids for fetal lung maturity. If you are uncertain as to your plan of care please contact the doctor taking care of you for clarification and instructions on dealing with preterm labor. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, pressure.: Increasing pelvic pressure and recurrent abdominal pain (contractions) every 5-10 minutes are typical signs of early labor. Some women will pass their mucus plug, a bloody vaginal discharge, at the onset of labor. Others present with rupture of membranes and leaking fluid vaginally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer