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Pregnant. Had spotting, mucus. Will I go into labor soon?

I m 38 weeks with my first. On the 13th late at night i had a little spotting. Everyday after that i find slight light brown discharge only when i wipe. It comes and it goes. Last ine was also light browndischarge this time it was tinged with a little blood . Mucousy like stringed discharge that is. A week ago the doctor told me i was 1cm dilated. Could it be that I m losing my mucus plug and dilating. My appointment was rescheduled for friday due to the fact that he won t be in today or tomorrow. Still feel my babys movements so I m not worried. I m just wanting to know how many cm i am now but cant find out til friday. Worried i might go into labor soon. How long after the mucus plug dislodges when can i go into labor could it be days or hours. I feel some pressure near my vaginal area not too bad. Only when i m laying down and when i move certain way it hurts. I m extremly sore other that i feel fine
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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To have mucus discharge with little spotting at 38 weeks of pregnancy,without any contraction of uterus suggests cervical ripening/ baby being engaged.Cervix being vascular &stretched the spotting is seen in few patients.
Please don't worry,if there is no pain & contraction of uterus & baby movements are normal.. at the onset of labor, the discharge goes on increasing,pain gets stronger/frequent.
The time taken for delivery from this stage depends on onset of labor pains.It may take few hours to few days .
Still if the bleeding is parsistant & increasing, it's better to consult your doctor& get sonography done soon.
Answered: Sun, 22 Dec 2013
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