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What Does It Mean When Short Labor
If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.
Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
36 weeks 3cm 70% been having Braxton hicks all day probably 5 an hour they are irregular and having heartburn, short of breath could this mean labor?
Labor: When the contractions are painful and five minutes apart for at least an hour it is time to be seen in labor and delivery. If you feel your pain is severe you should be promptly evaluated. If you are having trouble breathing then you should be seen in the ER. Over the counter medications such as Omeprazole are safe for use for heartburn. ...Read more
Water broke.: When the water breaks, you'll notice a obvious amount of fluid coming out of the vagina and traveling down your legs, for example. When the water breaks, it's time to get to the hospital. ...Read more
What do it mean when the placenta is in front instead of on the side? And what damage can it cause during labor?
Going past the due date means baby is less active or any other probkem?What trigers the labor?What could be reasons for pasr due?
Due date: First you must realize that your given due date is only a guess. If your cycles were regular, or if you had a very early scan, your due date might be off by 3-4 days. Most baby's deliver between 39-41 weeks. If you go beyond 41 weeks the baby's health needs to monitored closely. Going beyond 42 weeks is not advisable. We don't know what the actual trigger for labor is yet. ...Read more
What does it mean when the baby drops? I heard that this is a sign that labor has started, but what does it mean?
Your : Your fetusâ€™s head tends to hang out in the upper part of the pelvis until the baby gets close to labor, at which point, the fetal head drops into the lower part of the pelvis. The doctor or midwife can feel this on external exam, because the head is no longer wobbling around above the fetal bone but has dropped down below it. It can also be assessed on pelvic exam as â€œstation, â€ meaning how far down the baby has dropped. You may also be able to tell if the baby has dropped because your belly may change shape. So what does it mean if the baby drops? Usually it means the baby is getting ready for labor, but the amount of time between when the baby drops and when labor begins varies. If the baby drops prematurely, you may be put on bed rest, but that still doesnâ€™t mean labor is inevitable. However, when the baby drops at full term, in combination with painful contractions that become regular or a broken water bag, the time is coming. Keep in mind that mothers who have given birth many times may go into labor without having the baby drop until the cervix is almost fully dilated. But if the baby drops and itâ€™s your first, itâ€™s a good sign that the time to meet your baby is approaching. ...Read more
Kickstart: Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health. There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on Discharge: Not necessarily. Normal vaginal discharge increases in the third trimester but this doesn't signal the onset of labor. A bloody discharge can herald the onset of labor. (Go to Labor and Delivery) If your water bag breaks and you are passing amniotic fluid, labor is imminent. (Go to Labor and Delivery) Best wishes! ...Read more
Not necessarily...: ...Right away, but it does mean that the baby needs more room for the size she is now.. ...Read more
Does losing mucus plug mean labor will soon follow or is it possible that several weeks could go by before going into active labor?
No it doesn't: Labor is when uterine contractions initiate in a synchronized fashion for the purpose of expelling a mature fetus from within. I'd heard women describe the pains of such an event in many ways....but tingling isn't one of them.....If you or someone you know may be close to term and there are questions as to what's going on you or they should consult the OB/GYN doctor in charge. Good luck. ...Read more
Possible: There are many reasons for back pain: urinary truct obstruction, herniated disk, strain, sciatica, kidney stone or infection, arthritis among many others. If you have uterine contructions increasing in intensity you may be in labor. Back pain alone is unlikely sign of labor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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