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Pregnant, heavy bleeding post sex, brown discharge, braxton hicks. First stage labor?

I am 39 weeks pregnant. After sex last night, I had a heavy bright red blood flow that slacked off after a few minutes. I did not give this any thought until this morning when the blood is still there, but also mixed with a brownish discharge . I feel no cramping or pressure other than Braxton-Hicks. The baby has already dropped, but I NEVER bled with my first child and only had light pink discharge at the loss of my mucus plug. Am I simply going into the beginning of first stage labor, or is it something more serious?
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

Luckily, there is no danger with intercourse during pregnancy at 39 weeks (assuming that your doctor knows that your placenta is well away from the cervix). The cervix during pregnancy is also very prone to bleeding. This can occur with thinning and dilation of the cervix (blood show), with exams, and with intercourse. As the blood sits and makes its way out, it often appears as a brownish blood-tinged discharge.

Anytime a patient calls with bleeding during pregnancy, it should be evaluated unless it can clearly be attributed to some normal activity or exam. Certainly if it has not resolved after a period of 12-24 hours then you need to call your doctor. The babies activity should also remain predictable.

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Answered: Sat, 21 Jul 2012
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