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Can my doctor strip my membranes at 37 weeks if I ask and there is no medical reason to?

Can my doctor strip my membranes at 37 weeks if I ask and there is no medical reason to?

39 weeks is best: Stripping the membranes release chemicals called prostaglandins which can help people go into labor. While 37 weeks is considered to be term, it is best to avoid artificially inducing labor before 39 weeks. Most doctors will want to avoid causing a patient to labor without a medical reason before 39 weeks. ...Read more

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I'm at 33 weeks and my baby is still not head down - is it safe to let the doctors turn the baby at 36 or 37 weeks?

I'm at 33 weeks and my baby is still not head down - is it safe to let the doctors turn the baby at 36 or 37 weeks?

Generally, yes.: Most babies will revert to a head down position spontaneously by 37 weeks. Your obstetrician should discuss the pros/cons of turning your baby (external cephalic version) in the 36-37th week. Certain parameters need to be in place before a version is attempted and the success rate is approximately 60-75%. Consider looking into the webster technique practiced by some obstetrical chiropractors. ...Read more

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37 weeks, contractions every 5 min, have lasted for 6 hours, dialated at 2 cent and not much fluid left. Doctors want to send me home. Stay or home?

37 weeks, contractions every 5 min, have lasted for 6 hours, dialated at 2 cent and not much fluid left.  Doctors want to send me home. Stay or home?

?????: If you water has broken you cannot go home, i assume it hasn't? Depends if the tracing is ok, how much amniotic fluid is there if you are not ruptured, how far you live away from the hospital, etc. That is a issue between you and your OB doc. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a doctor or midwife will induce me at 37 weeks?

How likely is it that a doctor or midwife will induce me at 37 weeks?

Indication: The key for induction of labor is indication. If there is no obstetrical indication, hospitals that adhere to the "Keystone Measures" will not permit induction before 39 completed weeks. If theres is an obstetrical indication, it will depend on the condition at what time a woman will be induced. ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks today and i'm dilated 2-3 cm. Should my doctor induce me already?

I'm 37 weeks today and i'm dilated 2-3 cm. Should my doctor induce me already?

Actually not needed: For someone who is multi-gravida ("mommy of 3"), you can go from 2-3 cm to fully dilated in a matter of hours, so i would just be patient. As long as the baby is safe and good heart tones and the stress test is normal, just sit back and let nature take its course at 37 weeks..... ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks blood presion high doctor told me if next week still the same may induce me , but i for got to asker induce me how. Natural labor ?

I'm 37 weeks blood presion high doctor told me if next week still the same may induce me , but i for got to asker induce me how. Natural labor ?

"Unnatural" labor: Induction of labor as opposed to "natural " labor involves the use of a drug called Pitocin to stimulate uterine contractions until delivery of the infant. You have pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) also known as pre-eclampsia "trumps" your desire for natural labor as it produces significant risks to your baby and you. The best Rx for PIH is delivery of the infant. ...Read more

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Can the doctor induce me for an irritable uterus at 37 weeks?

Can the doctor induce me for an irritable uterus at 37 weeks?

No: Really should not. At 37 weeks the baby's lungs may not be mature. If you have true labor then we would not stop it. But if you have irritability then better to let natural labor occur. ...Read more

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I am 37 weeks and have spotting and pain in pelvic area should I go to hospital i went to the doctor today and she said every thing was ok?

I am 37 weeks and have spotting and pain in pelvic area should I go to hospital i went to the doctor today and she said every thing was ok?

No: Listen to your doctor. She has examined you and knows your history best. If you have questions, call her. If you don't trust her, get a new doctor and a second opinion. Good luck and be better. ...Read more

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I've delivered all 8 of my children early none past 37 weeks one pre term @26 weeks which was last one pregnant now 36 weeks -3 90% 3 centimeter I live 40 minutes from the hospital the doctors say they can't do anything what should I do?

I've delivered all 8 of my children early none past 37 weeks one pre term @26 weeks which was last one pregnant now 36 weeks -3 90% 3 centimeter I live 40 minutes from the hospital the doctors say they can't do anything what should I do?

Wait: not all pregnancies run for 40 weeks. You should be prepared and you should consult with your OB-GYn. Get used to timing your Braxton Hicks contraction and get used to timing contractions: when you are having contractions every 2-3 minutes: it is time to go. Having a packed change of clothing and let nature take its' course. ...Read more

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So I'm 37 weeks &1 CM dilated and halfway effaced is what doctor said last appointment. For the last two days my vagina has felt swollen& sensitive?

So I'm 37 weeks &1 CM dilated and halfway effaced is what doctor said last appointment. For the last two days my vagina has felt swollen& sensitive?

We expect this!: Hi Deborah, As the baby moves down in the pelvis which is what is happening slowly and gradually at this point in your pregnancy, the vaginal tissue is filling with fluid. This is due to the pressure the baby's head is placing on the veins of the pelvis. This is normal and will continue until delivery. It does not feel good but is expected. ...Read more