Post # 1
I’m 40+4 and have been having strong painful contractions the last 3 days. I know they say losing your mucous plug can mean labour is hours, days, or even weeks away..but surely I can’t be that far away, can I?
My contractions are painful enough that I have to stop what I’m doing. Although they tend to go all through the day and get more painful in the evening and then have stopped each night. Tonight they are even more intense.
I had an appt on Thursday morning, my cervix was a little bit open so my OB stretched it. I instantly started cramping, and the contractions started not long afterward.
Can anyone share their experiences on this?
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
I think most doctors go by the 5-1-1 rule. Contractions are 5 minutes apart, 1 minute long, for 1 hour. My OB says losing the mucus plug is a bit of a pregnancy myth, and that it just means that women will generally have more discharge as they move closer to birth. Being that you’re 40+4, I’m hoping it’s soon for you! It sounds like your body is starting to get ready.
Post # 4
I lost my plug about 10 days before I was induced due to GD at 39 weeks. I had been having erratic contractions for about a week before, but felt like my daughter was never going to vacate the premises. Lol.
Your sweet baby will be here before you know it, and life will never be the same. I know it sounds like stupid advice, but try to savor these last few hours, they are going to be a vague memory soon!
Best wishes for a peaceful and smooth delivery! (Mine was one of the most fun, relaxed days of my life! And it ended with my sweet baby!)
Post # 5
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I lost my plug and had a bloody show the morning i went into established labour :), was yours bloody at all?
Post # 6
@MrsSmokey: losing your plug means your cervix is dilating, which is good! real labour could still be days away, but it sounds promising. Lots of walking helps moves things along!
Bloody show is more indicative of impending labour than the mucous, I believe.
Post # 7
@peacockrosebride: the mucous didn’t have any blood in it, but I did have a bloody show 12 days ago (forgot to mention that!). My contractions were so bad last night until about 4am, and I’ve just not long got up and they’ve stopped again.
Post # 8
Most of the time the doctors go by the 5+1+1 rule but when in doubt check that cervix out!! Good luck to you!
Post # 9
Just to follow up on this. I was indeed in labour, 3cm dilated and our little boy was born 20 hours after I posted 🙂
@MammaPants: great advice to savour those last moments! Here we are and our baby is 2 months old today!! Where has time gone?!?
@mtnhoney: feom memory I had my bloody show about 2 weeks before this, it got my hopes up!
Post # 10
@MrsSmokey: I understand! Mine just turned 2! Any time i say the word “baby” she tells me, “No mamma! I’m a big girl!” Ouch. Again, savor this time because your little one won’t be little forever!