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i think my mucus plug is oming out what to do?

ok i pee peed and i wiped myself and there was some pink which ive heard tthats to be the mucus plug.ive been havin pain which i believe to have contractions.should i wait until there a certain amount of time apart or should i go to the hospital and see whats up now?im 40 weeks and 3 days by the way.

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Asked by Desi2Sweet at 1:28 AM on Aug. 31, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • If this is your first, they might just check you and send you home. Has everything been going normally? Are there any special issues? Did you doctor give you any special instructions? If it is close enough, you might want to go just to get the direct orders, kwim? If it isn't your first, you should probably check anyway, they can be significantly shorter labors (although not always!!) Good luck, you'll probably have some great news to deliver soon!! Congratulations!

    Answer by crazywith4 at 1:36 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • it is my 1st.its een a normal labor thank god no complications.doc didnt give me any special orders because on thurs i wasnt even dilated at gonna time the coontractions and see how everyhing goes i guess.thanx.

    Answer by Desi2Sweet at 1:40 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • If you arent contracting in a REGULAR PATTERN then its pointless to go to the hospital! I lost my mucous plug 7 1/2 weeks before i was induced with my daughter.

    What to do about it? Wipe it away

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 1:58 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Nothing to do but wait. ;-)
    There is no urgency here~ you'll be in labor eventually.
    Stay patient, strong, comfortable, rested, hydrated, well fed.
    It could be any time now, or in a week or so.
    Good luck!

    Answer by doulala at 2:15 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Do you not know what to do in labor, when to call in?
    Will you have a prenatal appointment soon? You can still ask all your questions~ it's never too late.

    Answer by doulala at 2:17 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Contractions will:
    Get progressively longer
    Build in intensity
    Have shorter rest times

    It seems unfair that the best advice most experienced mothers will give you is, "You'll know when it's labor." Even if it is true, it isn't especially helpful for the first time mother. What signs should she be looking for to let her know that labor is really starting?

    Your body is going to go through periods of contractions that may be regular or irregular for days or weeks before your true labor begins. These contractions may feel strong or mild, some women don't even notice them. But they will have some differences from true labor contractions.

    The first difference is that true labor contractions will not space out or slow down when you change activities, pre-labor contractions will. In fact, very often true labor contractions will increase when you change activity.

    Answer by doulala at 2:19 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Another difference has to do with the overall pattern of contractions. In true labor, contractions will build in intensity and length, and they will get coser together. In pre-labor contractions will remain the same for many hours, sometimes days.

    Testing for True Labor

    There are a few "self-tests" you can do to determine if what you are experiencing is true labor.

    Drink some water - Dehydration can cause you to feel contractions that look just like true labor, but are not productive.

    Eat something - Some women find that hunger brings on Braxton-Hicks (pre-labor) contractions. Eating seems to stop these contractions.
    Change your Activity - With pre-labor, changing activity (like resting if you have been walking around or going for a walk if you have been resting) can cause the contractions to stop.

    Answer by doulala at 2:21 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • Watch the contraction pattern - Even if you are having contractions less than 10 minutes apart, it may not be true labor. If the contractions are staying the same (not getting closer together or longer) it is pre-labor.

    Pre/Early labor indicators: Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, losing mucous plug, bloody show, contractions (regular~increasing in intensity), back pain, menstrual-like cramps, pressure very low. While these are normal things to notice in the third trimester, it's a combo that gets your attention. Especially, when the contractions increase to a point where you must stop what you're doing to focus on getting through it.

    Answer by doulala at 2:21 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

  • The contractions will sort themselves out. 4-1-1 is the "general rule" for knowing when "it's time" to get serious.
    Contractions are 4 minutes apart or less, 1 minute long or so, and happening this way for 1 hour or longer.
    ***Remember, to gauge how far apart they are: time contractions from the start of one to the start of the next.

    Answer by doulala at 2:22 AM on Aug. 31, 2009

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