Appointment today

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Appointment today

I had my 36 week appointment today and it looks like baby may make an early arrival!! Doc said she doesn't usually check for dilation at 36 weeks yet, but I told her about my experience yesterday and that changed her mind. I was in a meeting at work and suddenly felt a gush of some sort. When I checked it was lots of mucous tinged with blood. I had the same thing a week ago and my doc's alternate checked me then (no dilation 75% effaced). The gush was followed by some pretty decent contractions so I hurried home and they continued irregularly all night and this morning, with more mucous gushes and blood this morning.

So I got checked and I am 1 cm dilated and almost fully effaced!! I am so excited stuff is happening! The baby's head is also SUPER low, my doc was really surprised. The heart rate was a little lower than it was before (120) which she says can be a sign labour is be near.
After the cervical check (which I barely even felt) I started bleeding quite a bit and have been since (she warned me this might happen).

On a crappier note, my platelets are down further to just below 100, which is the (somewhat arbitrary) cutoff for some anesthetists for the epidural! Doc said that sometimes the stress of labour bounces them up a little though, so I might still be good.

While it's hard to tell what will actually happen, doc thinks baby could come any day and will definitely be here before christmas, and that this would be a good time to stop work (I work 1.5 hrs away from home) and get any baby items we still need! I am so excited, I hope she's right! I went to the store right after to pick up anything left on our list.

Getting very excited!!:D

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Wooo hoo, come on baby!

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Yay for progress!! Hope you get to meet your baby soon. Smile

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That is awesome!! Well about the impending labor. Not exactly awesome to be gushing mucus and blood....lol

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

That is awesome!! Well about the impending labor. Not exactly awesome to be gushing mucus and blood....lol

Haha, yeah I went too the EI office to apply for my mat leave benefits after the appointment and I was afraid to sit on their chair in fear I would leave a puddle! Gross, I know. I went straight to the store after to buy pads.

I should probably not get too excited about all these "signs" given everyone else's experiences with endless contractions, dilation, and babies that take their sweet time... :rolleyes:

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Awesome! I hope this translates to an early arrival of your little one!

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How did you not freak out and rush to the ER? I swear if this happens to me I will likely faint and have to go get checked or something. Is it bright red blood? I've never had this happen to me and it worries me some.

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Oooo, that is so exciting!! Hope things keep progressing for you Biggrin

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Oh yay!!! Sounds like exciting news Smile I hope you'll be okay for your epidural if you want it!!

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

How did you not freak out and rush to the ER? I swear if this happens to me I will likely faint and have to go get checked or something. Is it bright red blood? I've never had this happen to me and it worries me some.

I should clarify that at work and this morning it was mostly mucous with some blood streaks in it. Not a ton and it was mostly pink with a little red. I thought from the way it felt that it was amniotic fluid but the doctor didn't think so. It was only after the cervix check that it turned bright red sort of like a period, but with mucous in it. It did freak me out some but the doctor warned me this could happen from the cervix check and it has now tapered off. Otherwise I would have freaked too!

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How exciting!! Hope you get to meet your lo very soon!!!

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Yay I hope you have a baby soon!!!!!

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Great appt! I hope it means you will at least not be late. Being late totally sucks.