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<p>Hi ladies,</p>
<p>    I had an internal exam this afternoon and was only 1cm dilated.  When I came home and went to the bathroom I saw a chunk of my mucus plug on the toilet paper (just a glob of yellow).  When I went to the bathroom again about an hour later, I had some brown blood drip into the toilet and then onto the paper when I wiped.  Is this all a result of that exam?  Or are these signs that labor may be coming?</p>
 

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<p>my guess...both.</p>
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<p>Internal exams can cause labor to start, or they can cause some cramping/bleeding and then nothing happens. </p>
 

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<p>Well, I'm 39 weeks so it's okay if labor does start.  Just trying to figure out what the heck to expect!  Hard to know when it's your first time. </p>
 

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<p>its a lot harder for me to know on my second time around than it was my first time.  GL tho!!!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DaisyMae08</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16165714"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Well, I'm 39 weeks so it's okay if labor does start.  Just trying to figure out what the heck to expect!  Hard to know when it's your first time. </p>
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<p>I've lost my plug, or at least big parts of it over the last couple of days.  I had an internal exam by my mw today, she said  cm and a half dilated, and she expected that I would go into labor this week.  I'm not quite as sure, but I've been contracting constantly for days, too....I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow, so she said she would rather I keep the baby in a little longer, and I'm going with the body signals and ready to meet this little being! </p>
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<p>I think they're signs of change, though not necessarily a specific 'dot' on a timeline.</p>
 

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<p>I had an internal exam today too and although I haven't noticed any evidence of the mucus plus I have had tons of contraction since - and a lot more regular and intense than I've been having.  My MW said I wasn't dilated at all but my cervix is soft.  I'm 37 w so I'm ok with baby coming anytime now!</p>
 

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<p>depending on how 'rough' the exam was or if your doctor kindly did a little 'stretch and sweep' for you while s/he was up there (grr) it might be from the exam. </p>
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<p>why are people having vaginals?  I'll never understand why this is useful to midwives/obs at any point in pregnancy/labor.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danipoppins</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16166607"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>depending on how 'rough' the exam was or if your doctor kindly did a little 'stretch and sweep' for you while s/he was up there (grr) it might be from the exam. </p>
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<p>why are people having vaginals?  I'll never understand why this is useful to midwives/obs at any point in pregnancy/labor.</p>
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I had a GBS swab done at my appt yesterday and MW said she would just take the opportunity to check my cervix and see how baby was positioned.  That was her reasoning for the internal.</p>
 

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<p>My doctor was pretty gentle - no stretch and sweep.  And I had a vaginal because I wanted to know if I was dilated at all. </p>
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<p>Nothing new to report this morning though, so I'm back to the waiting game. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thebigfam</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16166323"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>its a lot harder for me to know on my second time around than it was my first time.  GL tho!!!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DaisyMae08</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16165714"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Well, I'm 39 weeks so it's okay if labor does start.  Just trying to figure out what the heck to expect!  Hard to know when it's your first time. </p>
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Me, too!  I'm on #5, actually, and I'm still clueless about when things will get going "for real."</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>NaturalMama311</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16167408"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danipoppins</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16166607"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>depending on how 'rough' the exam was or if your doctor kindly did a little 'stretch and sweep' for you while s/he was up there (grr) it might be from the exam. </p>
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<p>why are people having vaginals?  I'll never understand why this is useful to midwives/obs at any point in pregnancy/labor.</p>
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I had a GBS swab done at my appt yesterday and MW said she would just take the opportunity to check my cervix and see how baby was positioned.  That was her reasoning for the internal.</p>
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I don't do vaginals, but don't have a problem if other people want to.  But, lol at your midwife!  ... Take the opportunity?  Since you were already in position, or what?  The GBS requires a swab, which must then be put into the specimen holder, sealed, etc, and then she would have had to come back to you for the internal.  Again, if you wanted the internal, that's fine, but it just seems a very paternalistic attitude for a midwife to take.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DaisyMae08</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16167417"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My doctor was pretty gentle - no stretch and sweep.  And I had a vaginal because I wanted to know if I was dilated at all. </p>
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<p>Nothing new to report this morning though, so I'm back to the waiting game. </p>
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Same here, that's really the only reason I let my MW do an internal after the GBS swab.  I've been having pretty consistent contractions, some more intense than others, so I was pretty curious to see if I was dilated at all. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>NaturalMama311</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16167563"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DaisyMae08</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1289766/internal-exam-mucus-plug-and-bleeding#post_16167417"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My doctor was pretty gentle - no stretch and sweep.  And I had a vaginal because I wanted to know if I was dilated at all. </p>
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<p>Nothing new to report this morning though, so I'm back to the waiting game. </p>
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Same here, that's really the only reason I let my MW do an internal after the GBS swab.  I've been having pretty consistent contractions, some more intense than others, so I was pretty curious to see if I was dilated at all. </p>
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Same as above. I was checked internally at my appt yesterday.  GBS, pants already off, constant contractions, losing mucus plug, and we (midwife and I) were both curious how much my cervix was reacting to these things.  No sweep, but talk of future ones.  1.5 cm.  Baby high.</p>
 
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