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I am almost 37 weeks, 2nd pregnancy and dilated 3-4cm. 70-75% effaced baby is -1 station. I was checked yesterday and told the pain I was feeling was not contractions, rather an irritated uterus/cervix. Take Tylenol and rest. The nurse did say I was very much posterior. Do I have to be anterior for labor to start? If I'm already a 3-4 what are the chances of going into labor within the next week. I have been losing pieces of mucous all week. Today it was tinged dark brown (I assume from being checked) but was still very stretchy. 3-4 inches stretchy. I know its a guess...but I'm wondering in your profession what you have usually seen given this scenario. Thanks.


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replied July 8th, 2010
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A14014
Hello,
Thanks for joining me on ehealthforum.
Since this is your second pregnancy and you are 3-4 cm dilated with 70-75% effaced, with head at -1 station, chances are that you will progress fast into active labour. It can start anytime once the head reaches ‘0’ station.
Be in constant touch with your gynecologist and report back to her or to birth centre if pains increase or water breaks.
All the best.



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