***Sorry for any tmi details here!****
I just joined the mothering community and have a question for you experienced moms out there!
I am 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant and this is my second child (another girl! Madeleine is three). On Thursday evening I had a vaginal exam at my midwives and she said that I am about 1-2 cm dilated, 50% effaced, cervix is anterior, but baby is not engaged. On Friday morning, I wiped and had this large, dark red bloody mucous thing on the toilet paper. I have continued to lose mucous since, all tinged with blood ranging from pink to brown to bright red. So it's been 48 hours since the exam and still it's coming. I have been having irregular, but painful contractions, some causing back pain. With Maddie, I had no prior symptoms, no show, no plug, and painless BH contractions. I had her at 41 weeks and it was with a sudden onset of labour, delivered her 8 uncomplicated hours later. So this is all new!
I would appreciate any wisdom or knowledge you can offer: could this be early labour? Should I get checked out?
P.S. My midwife did a stretch and sweep as well on Thursday night.