May 01, 2008
I just went to my 37-week prenatal appointment this morning and found that I'm 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. I have been having irregular contractions, the worse was two nights ago when I haven't slept until 6:00 a.m. The contractions were ranging from 5-10 minutes apart and they're strong enough to wake me up, but they're not that painful yet. After waking from my nap at 2:30 p.m. and felt the urge to go to the bathroom, blood started trickling down the toilet and I was in shock!! I felt like I was having my period! I haven't noticed my mucus plug coming out yet, but I called my doctor right away. I was told to relax and observe for any contractions. I'm keeping a record now of the contractions and they're still very irregular. I do feel a very dull "menstrual cramp" feeling.
What's causing the bleeding if the contractions are not that strong and painful yet? Could the internal exam cause it? The blood was darkish brown looking. I feel very uncomfortable standing up and walking around because of the pressure. I haven't felt this when I gave birth to my daughter because I was induced at 38 weeks. Am I close to having true labor? I'm sure you have experienced this a lot of times, I just want to know your opinion.
Thank you so much, doc!! :-)