Hi all. I am moderately uninformed about what labor looks like at first. I guess I thought I had more time to research it! This is my first baby and I am 37 weeks 2 days. About a week ago, my mom said it looked like I had "dropped." For what it's worth.
-This morning when I urinated, I noticed a strand of mucus sitting in the bottom of the toilet, didn't think much of it until...
-Tonight when I was laying down after having sex, I started to feel mild menstrual cramps. I haven't had anything like that so far, so I actually thought, "omg, those would be cramps....am I going into labor?!?!?"
-It's about 30 minutes to 45 minutes later....and I might have had more menstrual-type cramps. They are mild. I would say they are kinda low, below the belly button. Seemed like I was aware of my uterus when they were happening, but they were mild. Again, they started while laying down.
-Also, I have the all-over hardening of the tummy. That is new too, for me. That I feel above the belly button. It seems like those are Braxton Hicks, based on what I've heard, but I don't think I've really had them until today??? So it's like I'm now experiencing two types of cramps for the first time right now?
-I have also felt constipated in the last 24 hours, a pressure on my rectum perhaps?, which hasn't happened yet this pregnancy, at least not this trimester. Does that mean anything?
I am just not sure if I should have my husband on call and ready to go to hospital....or what??? Haven't even packed the bags! We would need to do that.
I think I should probably go to bed to get rest, since it's midnight here, but would like to hear your thoughts. I dunno if I should pack a bag before bed, or what. Eeek!