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Cramping, spotting, just waiting for active labor - Would love some encouragement

Saw midwife yesterday, who stripped my membranes. I was "at least 4cm" and 90% effaced. I've been having what feel like BH contrax for past couple of weeks. Now I'm also having tons of cramping and spotting (w lots of mucus). Not sure how much is just irritation from the membrane sweep or if something is actually happening.

My last birth was very fast, so Midwife basically expects me to kick into intense labor out of nowhere. (Last time, my water broke spontaneously and contractions were under 3 min apart within an hour. My son was born in under 6 hours. It was so intense that I got the epidural, despite my natural birth plan. -- And this time I'm starting more dilated and much more effaced.)

I'm trying really hard not to be anxious, wondering if this cramping is a sign that things will happen soon, and really trying to believe that I can do it med-free this time.

(Did I mention that I have a toddler, who is coming to the birth, who we also have to worry about loading into the car quickly when labor starts?) 

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Re: Cramping, spotting, just waiting for active labor - Would love some encouragement

  • Hang in there mama. I just got back from MW and I am 2cm fully effaced with contractions every five or ten. Hoping for a quick labor like you. Hope we are not waiting days more for our LO arrival. 
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  • ElbugElbug
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    Good luck!  Menstrual like cramps for me were an indication I was dilating.  I was just like you - 4cm/90%/-1 station at my last appt.  Didn't deliver until an entire week later  with an induction.  Had my membranes swept, lost my plug, had two bloody shows 5 days apart and still didn't go into active labor until a week later (with pit).  I hope it happens soon for you but it would be best to rest and get some sleep to have the energy for when you get hit hard with active labor. 
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  • ElbugElbug
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    also remember - let your monkey do it :)

    Thats my favorite phrase from Ina May.  When labor hits hard just go with it and allow your body to take over. 

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    BFP#2:  EDD 4/16/14.  MC 8/27/13 @ 7 weeks
    BFP#3: Baby boy J born 40 6/7, August14 
  • I'm so excited for you! I'm very confident that you can do it. What are the cliche things I should say? Things like relax and breathe lol.
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