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This is probably nothing to worry about. I talked about it with DH and I think it's nothing to worry about. But I may need a reality check.<br><br>
Background: Love my MWs, but they've shown signs of being a little overly concerned, IMO, about a few things. Previa at 12 weeks that they said wouldn't move (it did), worried about my iron (yes, it's low, it was last time, too, we're working on it). Anyway, I don't want to give them anything more to worry about.<br><br>
I've had lots of cervical cramping this pg. Had it last time, too. I've already shared this with them, in passing. On Sunday I had a very faint pink spot on my undies. Wouldn't even have noticed it but I was trying to decide if that pair of undies on the floor was clean or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've tried to check my cervix myself but it's up really high and it's totally mushy. It's so mushy I can barely tell where the os is. There wasn't any blood on the cervix that I could tell.<br><br>
I haven't had an internal this whole pregnancy; I refused when the MWs did their physical. I'm sure they think I have some issue with an internal, but I don't. I just refused it because of the complete previa (read that internals were contraindicated except in emergencies), and because I just didn't think it was neccesary. I also didn't have one last pg until I was well into labor and had been for a few hours.<br><br>
So, I'm fine to not worry about the tiny spot of blood (and no, there had been no BD-ing, sadly) or the cervical cramping, right? Even if I have some dilation at 31 weeks, it means nothing bad for sure, right?<br><br>
I just don't want to ask the MWs for an internal and find out I've got some little dilation and have them get all freaked out.<br><br>
I truly think that since I have all the baby's things ready and we're just in the waiting game that I'm just looking for things to blow out of proportion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I personally wouldn't worry about a tiny spot of blood - but I am also a "rather be on the safe side and know" kind of person - go with your momma instinct. If this is normal for you it's OK. We all exerience such different pregnancies from one child to the next!
 

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when you say cervical cramping do you mean like a sharp twinge kind of thing? Almost like when you have a pap smear? I asked my MW about this my last visit. I have been having it on and off for a little while. She said I may be starting to dialte a little. I dilate FOREVER before I go into labor. I am usually at about 3 for a month before I deliver. I would mention it to the MW just in case.<br><br>
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i don't think i'd worry about it unless there was quite a bit of show. a little bit of dilation this early is not a huge problem. i've been having quite a bit of cervical "stretching" going on for the past couple weeks, but no show or increased mucus, and cervix is still high. i just try and relax a bit more throughout the day, try not to do more than i have to, and drink lots of water.<br><br>
personally, i wouldn't ask for an internal exam, since internal exams push bacteria further up there, and if you *are* dilating, it would be best to keep the bacteria at a minimum/away from your cervix where it could creep up in between the bag of water and uterus and possibly cause infection.
 

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If you are really worried about it, ask your MWs. If not don't. A little spotting doesn't sound bad especially if it wasn't really noticable at first. I had (what I felt was) serious bleeding early on and my OB didn't even think I needed to come in because it was so common. And of course he was right. But really, go with your instinct on it.
 

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What she said! I was going to check myself today, but I talked myself out of it (boy, I sound like I have multiple personalities <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) because I don't want any germies up there, like Andi said. Sex is it as far as anything going up there at this point.<br><br>
When I stop and think about it though... I was 3cm when I was checked at 36 weeks with my first and I was 4cm at 37 weeks with my 2nd so it stands to reason I was dialating well before that. KWIM?<br><br>
So for now, I'm continuing my routine and I'll mention it to my midwife when I see her but I don't see it as anything to be concerned about at this point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks, everyone. I think I'll just tell them I'm having little cervical cramps and your normal BH. I can't imagine that's going to send anyone into alarm. That's totally normal at this stage.<br><br>
At this point all these things are starting to get torturous for me, though! I want to meet my baby! But I know it's far, far too early...
 
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