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I'm 37 weeks and went in for my appointment today. I had her go ahead and check me (I was just too curious). When I went to the bathroom I am streaking blood which I know is my plug. There was just a little bit.<br><br>
My Qu is: How long after your plug comes out do you go into labor? Can you wait for a week? With my son it was 2 days.<br><br>
This is urgent b/c I live in the DC area which may be hit with Hurricane Isabel on Thursday and Friday (today is Tues). I need to know if I should call my MIL to come up now before the storm hits to watch our toddler. Oh, what a predicament. I really don't want her here while I labor but our choices are slim and I'd rather have ds be with her and be comfortable vs. other people whose house we might not even be able to make it to.
 

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If it was caused from an internal exam, you should be fine. Some women lose their plug and go into labor within a day (these are typically women who lose the plug without an internal exam dislodging it), and others go another couple of weeks.<br><br>
I think you'll be fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Wow, Drewsmom, could be an exciting week, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
It could be a while till labor if that's your only symptom... I was wondering, are you having any other possible labor symptoms?<br><br>
Also I wasn't sure from your post - are you planning a homebirth? If you do go into labor during the hurricane, is midwife far off? In general, would MIL's presence during a homebirth be positive or negative? If it would be a hardship for you to have her around, are there *any* neighbors who could be w/ds who you could get to or could come over to you more easily? (People might be more willing than you think, esp during a birth).
 

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Thanks for the responses. Pamamamidwife you've been a real help with several of my posts, thank you.<br><br>
B/c of recurrent UTIs and maybe just my body I'm mostly effaced and dialated to a 2 or 3, the baby's head is also really down there. I have been having more frequent and slightly more intense contractions and my hair is starting to fall out (to me signaling a hormone change). Today the contractions have been about 3 an hour, not much i know but we're going ahead and telling MIL to pack her bag so if we do call in the middle of the night she can come asap and not have to worry about packing. THe hurricane has also slowed to a signal 2/3 now so that's good.<br><br>
After several hours, I do feel like this baby is coming fairly soon. I called some neighbors and friends close by, depending on if the storm hits us and how hard. We're a 7 min. drive from the hospital. I wouldn't be worried about being stuck here at home to have the baby but I have GBS and want to get the meds for that since I have it pretty heavily, just precautionary. I feel better about things and feel more relaxed. I think things will be fine. Now if we can just find some candles at one of the stores. THey're all cleaned out right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Drewsmom, you might want to call around to the camping stores (REI, Hudson Trail Outfitters) as well as the hardware stores and see if they have any camping lanterns (Coleman type) in stock - dh just got a Coleman lantern at the Hudson Trail Outfitters in Rockville today so we don't have to worry about ds around the candles if the power goes out.<br><br>
Best wishes for a short and sweet labor!
 

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I know here in hurricane-alley S. Fla, all women in their last month are suggested to go to the hospital when a category 2 or higher is imminent b/c where the eye hits/low pressure somehow seems to throw people into labor.<br><br>
I know it sounds primative, but we are creatures of this physical universe....<br><br>
I would be in the same situation as you (toddler, needing mom to watch, etc) and unless you detest the MIL, I'd get her there and be on the safe side.<br><br>
Best/Worse case scenario -- she watches the other one while you sneak in a few MAJOR naps during the rain...
 
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