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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?
Not usually: Having general swelling is common in pregnancy. However if your blood pressure has been elevated or you have significant weight gain, it can signify pre eclampsia. If it is only your labia swollen and you dont have abnormal headaches, right upper quadrant abdominal pain, or visual disturbances, you are probably ok. If in doubt contact your OB. ...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
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
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
See answer: Menstrual-like cramping, mild irregular contractions, low back ache, pressure sensation in the vagina, vaginal discharge of mucus, which may be clear, pink, or slightly bloody (ie, mucus plug, bloody show). As labor draws nearer the contractions often become stronger and occur more regularly every 10-20 minutes. Finally, your water breaks and labor soon follows. ...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
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