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Doctor insights on: Signs You Will Go Into Labor Early

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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I am 33 weeks 2cm dilated and 20% thinned. I got a positive ffn test. How accurate is it that I will go into labor early?

I am 33 weeks 2cm dilated and 20% thinned. I got a positive ffn test. How accurate is it that I will go into labor early?

19-30% false positiv: A20%thining and 2cmdilated is not noses scarily an indication that you will deliver early. If you have not had any episodes of premature labor.you could remain this way until term provided you don't have regular contractions prior to that time. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to go into labor early?

How likely is someone to go into labor early?

Varies by country: The incidence of preterm labor varies by country. Even in the US it varies widely by race and socioeconomics. Overall the rate is about 11% delivering less than 37 weeks. ...Read more

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What are doctors going to do if I go into labor early?

Depends: If you are between 23-34 weeks, they can give you steroids, magnesium and medications to slow your labor. After 34 weeks, not much is done to prevent you from going into labor. ...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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Does 50% effaced mean you will go into labor soon?

Does 50% effaced mean you will go into labor soon?

Effacement: Effacement is a term that describes how thin your cervix feels. Your doctor will determine the effacement when he or she checks your cervix. 50% means that it is approximately halfway thinned out, which is more favorable for a vaginal delivery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it true that most women will go into labor 7-10 days after the last 17p shot?

Is it true that most women will go into labor 7-10 days after the last 17p shot?

Not necessarily: Be prepared for your hospital stay however do not hold your breath. Some people require induction at 41 weeks keep track of your baby activity then check with your own doctor for his/her experience ...Read more

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What is the usual time a woman will go into labor before her due date?

What is the usual time a woman will go into labor before her due date?

The week before...: The week before the due date, many women go into labor. The due date is an estimated date of delivery, but babies are very often born a few days before or a few days after their due dates (it is not very predictable exactly when the mom will go into labor). ...Read more

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My dr. Said she can feel my baby's head very low and thinks I will go into labor soon? In a few days, I'm not dilated yet either. Is this true?

My dr. Said she can feel my baby's head very low and thinks I will go into labor soon? In a few days, I'm not dilated yet either. Is this true?

"Lightening": No, lightening is not something that will appear in a thunderstorm but is something that "strikes" most pregnant women at 35+ weeks- the baby dropping further down in the pelvis in preparation for impending labor within 4 weeks. So, the "labor storm" will soon follow when the "rain" (bag of waters) comes down. ...Read more

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3cm dilated 80% Effaced +1 station, 36 weeks. Is there an estimated time for when I will go into labor. I know It's possible to go 40wks, just curious?

3cm dilated 80% Effaced +1 station, 36 weeks. Is there an estimated time for when I will go into labor. I know It's possible to go 40wks, just curious?

Cervical change: 3 cm dilation and 80% effacement is significant and there is a risk of labor at any time. Every additional day that you carry your baby is beneficial to the baby. It would be best for your baby is you did not deliver before 40 weeks. You should limit activity as much as possible and see your doctor frequently. If your water breaks prior to starting labor pains, go to the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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I'm almost positive I'm losing my mucous plug. I'm 37 weeks on thursday. How soon does that mean l will go into labor?

Soon...maybe: Usually within 2 days is what we're taught... After doing this for over 20 years, I've learned that the wait can be much longer. If it's truly a mucous plug from cervical change & with increasing contractions; you may deliver within the week. But, remember, your baby hasn't read the same books & will come when it's ready! ;). ...Read more

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How cani go into labor tonight ?

How cani go into labor tonight
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Fetus in control.: You cannot force labor onset by yourself; in fact, we now know that the fetus decides when labor starts in most circumstanes (barring trauma, abruption, incompetent cervix). Take it easy and maintain a positive attitude — if you are near your due date labor can occur anytime now. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What makes you go into labor at 33-34 weeks?

What makes you go into labor at 33-34 weeks?

Several things: Trauma, infections, family history, poor nutrition. Genetic malformations, ruptured membranes and drug use are only a few of the many things that can trigger early labor. ...Read more

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How can I make myself go into labor?

Non starter: Self initiation of labor is a non-starter as there is absolutely nothing you can personally do to bring on the baby. An old adage is true in this instance, "if the apple is ripe, it will fall off the tree". ...Read more

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When do women generally go into labor (in terms of weeks)?

When do women generally go into labor (in terms of weeks)?

One third: About one third of women with uncomplicated pregnancies go into labor at 40 weeks (on or very close to their due date) All others go into labor anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks. ...Read more

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When being induced how long will it take to go into labor?

Depends: This is very variable and personal dependent. It is depends on if it is truly elective or not. But the short answer is anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. More information can be provided on a case by case basis but best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

How can I make the best arrangements for my other children when I go into labor?

Plan Ahead: You are usually not able to bring other children to the delivery suite during labor, nor would you be able to care for them and manage them. Make a plan as delivery nears to have a friend, relative, or other caregiver available and "on call" to take your children when you need to go to the hospital for delivery. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 10 days overdue and I go in to get induced on saterday but really don't wanto, how can I go into labor fast!!!?

Labor remedies: You can try having sex. The prostaglandin in semen causes some contractions. Inducing diarrhea with things like castor oil also sometimes helps. Again, diarrhea also produces prostaglandins. Walking when you have contractions may help as well. However, once more than 14 days overdue your risk of C-section and still birth start going up fairly fast, so don't wait too long ...Read more

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Is it possible to go into labor with too much stress?

Is it possible to go into labor with too much stress?

Yes: Growing literature shows that women from many socioeconomic & cultural groups, who have high levels of psychosocial stress during pregnancy, are at significantly increased risk for shortened gestation and preterm delivery. Please don't worry about being worried -- but do take care of yourself and attend to any sources of life stress http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3179976/. ...Read more

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What can make you go into labor at 33 – 34 weeks?

Infections: An undiagnosed infection most commonly a urinary tract infection can initiate premature labor. The second most common cause is premature rupture of the membranes. Thirdly, trauma to the pregnancy due to a mother's existing medical illness untreated. Fourthly, a lack of oxygen transfer from the mother (hypoxia). Finally, there are some unknown initiators of premature labor. ...Read more

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If u strip ur membrane at 1cm can u go into labor?

Be careful...: Stripping membranes can help ripen the cervix. It can also increase your risk of a uterine infection. It isn't recommended for you to do it on yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can having sex cause me to go into labor?

Can having sex cause me to go into labor?

Not definitively: The rationale for the recommendation to have sex to induce labor is that semen contains chemicals called prostaglandings that are produced during labor and cause contractions. There is no ultimately proof, however, that their quantity in semen is sufficient to make a woman go into labor. ...Read more

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Could doctor be wrong bout when I go into labor?

That's a possibility: Sometimes Mother Nature tricks us. The estimate could be spot on or may not be. Take care. ...Read more

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Where is labor pain in my back concentrated?

Where is labor pain in my back concentrated?

See below: "Back labor" refers to the pain and discomfort that laboring women experience in their lower back. Although most women will feel a degree of achiness or slight cramping in the back at some point during labor, about a quarter of all women report experiencing severe discomfort in the lower back that is most intense during contractions and often painful between contractions. ...Read more