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What symptoms are associated with short labor?

What symptoms are associated with short labor?

Bleeding, emergency.: Short labors can lead to home births and profuse bleeding after the placenta delivers - therefore they can be emergencies requiring 911 calls and ambulance rides. ...Read more

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Short Labor (Definition)

Rapid labor (precipitous labor) labor may be 3 hours & is usually ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Short labor?

What is the definition or description of: Short labor?

Rapid labor: Rapid labor (precipitous labor) labor may be 3 hours & is usually less than 5 hours. ...Read more

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If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

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 more

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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?

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

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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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If you keep having clear discharge does that mean labor is close?

If you keep having clear discharge does that mean labor is close?

Call OB: A clear discharge can mean you have premature rupture of membranes, which can increase chances of infection and other complications. Please call your OB or go to labor and delivery now. Read this AFTERWARDS: See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_rupture_of_membranes ...Read more

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What does it look like when your water breaks? Does that mean labor is starting?

What does it look like when your water breaks? Does that mean labor is starting?

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

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So by the muscle s loosing up at 34weeks do that mean labor is closer then I should expect?

So by the muscle s loosing up at 34weeks do that mean labor is closer then I should expect?

Sounds normal: Loosening of the muscles is a normal part of pregnancy. If your contractions increase then that would be a different issue. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Pain in pelvis at 34 weeks means early labor?

Pain in pelvis at 34 weeks means early labor?

Not necessarily: It could be pressure from the uterus/baby. Talk with your doctor if you have marked pain. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the baby drops? I heard that this is a sign that labor has started, but what does it mean?

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 fetus’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 “station, ” 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 doesn’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 it’s your first, it’s a good sign that the time to meet your baby is approaching. ...Read more

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What does it mean to "induce" labor?

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 more

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Leeking nipples, does that mean labor is near?

Leeking nipples, does that mean labor is near?

1. are you pregnant?: Call your OB for an apt to check for signs of impending labor. If not schedule an appt with your md to check hormone levels. ...Read more

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Could having period pains mean i'm going in to labor?

Could having period pains mean i'm going in to labor?

A woman would: not have her period during pregnancy. However, back labor can present with pain involving back. Don't know how far along you are - but would contact your OB to advise of symptoms. ...Read more

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If i see discharge does that mean i could go into labor soon?

If i see discharge does that mean i could go into labor soon?

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

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Does a tingling vagina mean labor?

Does a tingling vagina mean 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

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If I have back pain, does that mean I am going into labor?

If I have back pain, does that mean I am going into labor?

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 more

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