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Doctor insights on: Signs You Will Go Into Labor Early

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Does intense pelvic pain and pressure mean you will go into labor early?

Does intense pelvic pain and pressure mean you will go into labor early?

Possibly: You should definitely see your OB doctor for this symptom.

Dr. Chevies Newman
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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! ;).

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How cani go into labor tonight?

How cani go into labor tonight?

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!

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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.

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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.