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May 20th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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Hi! This is my first pregnancy. I am 38 weeks and 3 days.

I've had all the early labor signs -- dropping, almost completely effaced, 3 cm dilated, lost my mucus plug, bloody show two days ago and still spotting.

Do you think that labor will start at any minute? What are the odds, given the signs? As a first-timer, I know that going early isn't really in my favor. While I've had some Braxton Hicks, the labor contractions just won't start!!
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May 20th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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I think your closer than me!!! I'm 38 wks and 4 days. I'm not dilated at all! I'm thinning a little and some BH.

Good Luck!!! I hope you don't have to wait too long!!!
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May 20th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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Did your dr say see you next week? Or IF you haven't had the baby next week? They are pretty good at predicting...
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May 20th, 2010, 02:37 PM
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I know you don't want to hear it but nothing you have said so far, means anything you could still go to 42 weeks. Chance are that you won't go that long and you will most likely not make it to your dd, but there are no guarantees.
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May 20th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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The doctor seems really sure that I'll go soon, but she sounded that sure two weeks ago when she said "I'm sure you'll have your baby in the next two weeks." And so much for that...

I didn't realize it was going to be so hard waiting. I can't believe I'm this impatient even before the due date!

I wish there was something I could do to try to encourage the contractions. All the "natural induction" ideas seem geared toward the things that have already happened for me...
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May 20th, 2010, 03:40 PM
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well I know personally I start dilating early and walk around at 3 for a good month. Done it all 3 times. So you might have a while to wait, or you might not. Dilating early really doesn't mean much at all. I wish it did. I'm already 3.5 or so (more now I'm sure)!
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May 20th, 2010, 05:01 PM
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I lost all my mucus plug early like 32 weeks and continued to make it and lose it. I have had continued contractions and the baby is at a 0. I lost what my midwife said was my bloody show last Monday and I am 2-3 cm dilated and almost completely effaced, still no baby. I guess it can take awhile. My midwife said she is hoping I go by next wednesday but there is nothing saying I will. We shall see... good luck.
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May 20th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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Nipple stimulation and female orgasm are supposed to bring on contractions. Walking will help move the baby lower.

When I was pregnant with my first baby, my doctor told me for weeks I wasn't going to make it to my due date. I was dilated 2 cm for a month, lost my plug, and baby was very low, but she still didn't come till her due date. I walked about 4 miles 2 days before she was born. Labor started with my water breaking, no contractions at all.
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