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Originally Posted by VaMountainMomma
With DD, I went to the hospital in labor and went to the triage room. The nurse did an internal exam and it HURT!!! She then said "You were around a 3, but I think I stretched you to atleast a 4" :
So, question #1... how common is this? I've read that you can stretch the cervix to help induce labor, but I was already in labor and doing just fine on my own. (Plus she had just met me just minutes before and had no clue to my progress). Is it that common to accidently stretch the cervix during VEs? Are there any negative effects from this?
At the time I thought it was strange, but didn't think anything about it. When I walked from the triage room to my room, I noticed that I was bleeding. Not just a little blood-tinged mucus, but as heavy as a light period! And this continued for quite awhile. (And this was before my water broke). Apparently the nurses didn't think anything of it.
Question #2... how much bleeding is normal during labor? I'm having a homebirth this go around, so I'll be moving around a lot. How much bleeding/discharge will there be before the water breaks? What about afterwards? So, do you normally wear a pad during labor, or just make sure the chair/bed/floor is protected?
Sorry for the dumb questions. LOL... just curious.