I guess I am surprised you do not know what contractions feel like after having so many babies.
Contractions can feel like so many different things. I would suggest if you want to know if you are contracting, you should lay down. once in that position, you should feel the uterus and notice it is soft (except where the babies back and buttock is). you can then feel if the uterus titans up. It will feel hard, where you will not be able to indent the uterus.
You can always contact your healthcare provider and discuss this further. Good luck with the delivery.View Thread
it is slightly unusual for the movement to slow at this point in time.
I teach individuals about fetal kick counts. Twice a day you want to count movements. usually we do this when the baby is most active (after meals). you want to count 10 movements. once you count that many, you are done. many times it only takes a few minutes. What you are trying to learn is the normal fetal movements your baby has. If you have not felt 10 movements in an hour, extend it one more hour. if you still have not felt 10 movements in 2 hours, you need to contact your healthcare provider and go to labor and delivery to get monitored to make sure the baby is OK.
I would also suggest you contact your healthcare provider and let them know your concerns. They may want to check an ultrasound and make sure the baby is growing appropriately.View Thread
Being a physician, one of the things I worry about most is a patient who has a high risk of preterm delivery who has some potential symptoms of preterm labor and does not call or come in and get evaluated.
So, obviously, you should call!!! the worst thing is going and and coming home. It is not a big deal for us.
I get most disappointed when a patient has been taught about the signs and symptoms and does not call.
please contact your healthcare provdier and let them know.View Thread
It is very common to have patients complain of shortness of breath. Having said that, there are some patients who have a significant problem. That is a blood clot in the lung. that is why I tell everyone who has this complaint to be seen immediately to make sure it is normal shortness of breath and not anything worse.
Some easy ways to know is: 1. Can you walk up a flight of stairs without stopping 2. Can you walk a city block
If the answer is yes, I can do both, then probably you are OK. If not, you need an immediate evaluation.
Please don't hesitate to go to the hospital immediately to make sure you are OK> I take these symptoms very seriously.
Some of what you described seemed normal. However, it seems as if this last bleeding episode is lasting too long. If you believe it is lasting too long, this would be a reason to contact your healthcare provider.
The question is how much bleeding are you doing? Is the daily amount of the bleeding normal or increased.
This could be normal, but I would call and see them. Congratulations, and I hope the bleeding stops.View Thread
The real question is whether you have antibodies to the Kell antigen. My assumption is since you are asking you do. Most don't know their status.
It can be not a big deal or it can cause some significant risks of great harm to the growing fetus. You really need to be refered to a maternal fetal medicine subspecialist is is well trained in this area.
you may only need to have blood work done every month to having to have ultrasounds weekly ( to look at a blood vessel in the brain of the baby. it can help determine whether the fetus is anemic, low blood count).
If the fetus is thought to have anemia, then the maternal fetal medicine physician may need to put a needle in the umbilical cord of the fetus and see what the fetuses blood count is and possibly give a blood transfusion.
So, as you can see, it can be not much or it can be quite dangerous to the outcome of the fetus.
I wish you the best. please let me know if there is any other information I can provide to you.View Thread