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Pregnant with brownish spotting and lower abdominal pain. Dilated cervix. What is the reason for spotting?

Hello im 39 weeks pregnant and today i ve been having some brownish spotting along with some lower abdominal pain . I had a doctors appointment yesterday and my doctor checked my cervix and im 1/2 a centimeter dilated. The abdominal pain comes and goes but I dont know if the spotting is because of the fact that my doctor checked my cervix. Please help! This is my first pregnancy
Asked On : Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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hello there..
Since you have completed your term ie 39weeks pregnant, dont worry at all. Having lower abdominal pain which comes and goes indicates your are having uterine contractions. Brownish discharge mixed with mucous is called "show" which you are having. All these are signs that you are going into labour. You also said that you underwent an internal examination by your doctor , and at times sweeping of the cervix is done during internal examination which prevents a patient from becoming post dated(delivery beyond 40weeks).
Its good if you are going into labour now as you are already 39weeks. All you need to do is keep a record of baby movements, the number and intensity of pain(contractions) you are having.If your pain gets severe, more regular in frequency and you feel your abdomen is getting hard with the pains then it means you are having contractions and you should visit your doctor. Also keep a pad applied and look for the discharge. IF watery fluid gushes out of your vagina (means your bag of membranes has ruptured and amniotic fluid coming) or you have frank bleeding, you should see your doctor at once.
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