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Signs You Will Go Into Labor Early
Possibly: You should definitely see your OB doctor for this symptom. ...Read more
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
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
Can pushing while pooping durning pregnancy hurt the baby? Is it possible to go into labor early because of the pushing?
22 wks with Braxton Hicks that are regular and painful at times. Pressure in my pelvic area. Will I go into labor early?
How can I help myself go into labor I'm still in early labor because I'm 2 1/2cm dilated and 70% efface?
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
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
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
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
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
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
I am 38+4 wks, dilated to a 3, effaced at 60%. I got a membrane sweep today. How good are my chances that I will go into labor this weekend?
Soon: There really are no guarantees. But the team is doing all they can to stimulate this naturally. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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