Signs Of Giving Birth At 38 Weeks Of Pregnancy?

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Afternoon… I’m 38 weeks pregnant, 3 days ago I had a bit of long contractions and I went to the midwife, and the midwife checked she said I’ve opened 1 but a little… from 3 days until now I haven’t felt mixed mucus blood…is it okay if I wait until it comes out should I check again? and this makes me a little confused..

1 Answer:

Hi Nova,


Entering the 9th month of pregnancy, pregnant women will begin to feel frequent contractions, but it is necessary to know and differentiate which are genuine contractions and false contractions or Braxton-Hicks contractions. To be able to distinguish between them such as:

False contractions are often felt tightening in the front abdomen or pelvis and are not accompanied by excessive or prolonged pain, while the original contractions will feel more bumpy, initially painful but gradually increasing in intensity and pain. The original contraction will start from the stomach moving to the back or from the back to the stomach.
The duration of false contractions is usually less than 30 seconds to 120 seconds and stops if we move, walk or change positions, whereas in real contractions it will occur for a short time but does not stop even though we are active.
Real contractions will have a more regular interval, while fake contractions will not have a regular time when they occur

Also pay attention to signs of labor that arise such as aches and pains, increased frequency of urination, thick mucus mixed with blood from the vagina, rupture of amniotic fluid, and changes in the cervix where there will be opening and thinning of the cervix. If you feel the signs of labor but there is no progress, check with an obstetrician for further examination and the action to be taken. If there are no signs of labor yet, the observation will continue, but if the membranes rupture first, fetal distress occurs or other conditions occur, procedures such as labor induction or caesarean section can be an option.


May be useful,


dr. Adi P.

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