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I am 34 weeks pregnant, according to my doctors and calender.
Yesterday I awoke from a nap with a low positioned belly and a whole lot more space in my chest area.

I have been suspicious that I am farther along than my doctors think- I haven't had an ultrasound in months and there was some confusion regarding when my period started, I couldn't remember if it was the 4th or the 18th of april but I settled on the 18th. I guess something happened on both of those days and I forgot... (I'm extremely irregular with my menstrual cycle and waited two months before I tested for pregnancy)

Anyway I've also noticed a snot-consistency discharge coming from my vagina around the same time every night, and I didn't know if I was shedding my mucus plug slowly or if I was just gross down there... sometimes it's yellow-tinged but other times it's clear. I find it around 8PM everynight if I go to the bathroom and wipe. This has been happening every day for about 4 days.

I've also been having sharp menstrual-like cramps that aren't frequent enough to indicate that I'm in active labor but throughout the past month and a half or so I've been experiencing these. Sometimes they're so strong I have to lay down.

I'm also still sexually active and my partner is concerned if our sex life should change at all because he's lower now... I read online that it's fine up until your water breaks but now that the baby is resting on my pelvis should we go like.. gentler or not all the way in or should we just totally abstain from it?
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replied December 4th, 2008
this forum is the worst at giving responses -.-
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replied December 4th, 2008
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it could be your mucous plug, i lost mine in two parts, one 6 wks before i went into labour and the other just before my waters broke. I dropped about 3 wks before i had Seth, but i was in labour for 4 days. You could be further along but i dunno, i you are worried, talk to your LMC and she can send you for a scan.
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replied December 4th, 2008
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Early ultrasounds are much more accurate at dating a pregnancy than later ultrasounds. Unless your pregnancy is complicated, you really don't need more than two. Most women receive an ultrasound at the beginning to accurately date the pregnancy, and again around 16-22 weeks to check for Down's Syndrome and other defects. I wouldn't worry about not getting one in months - most women don't.

It sounds like your baby has dropped. This is a great indication that you'll be able to have a vaginal delivery. As the weeks go on, your baby's head will put pressure on your cervix, encouraging dilation and effacement. You'll probably find that you can breathe easier but might have more problems with frequent urination and constipation.

Discharge is normal, and increases as you get closer to your due date. This discharge is called leukorrhea, and as long as it's clear or white you should be fine. If you ever discover that it is blood-tinged, green or yellowish or foul-smelling, inform your health care provider immediately. I personally experienced a lot of leukorrhea during my first pregnancy, to the point where I wore panty liners every day.

My mucus plug, on the other hand, was a thick jelly substance that I can only compare with tapioca or maybe hot glue after it's dried. It's jelly-like in nature but not really liquid at all - more chunky and solid, really.

As long as sex is still enjoyable, you should continue to have it. There's no reason to hold back during sex unless it's too intense for you physically. You can have as much sex as you like right up until your water breaks unless your doctor tells you otherwise or unless it doesn't feel good anymore. There is no danger from sex with your baby being low - actually, towards the end of your pregnancy sex is encouraged along with walking to help promote dilation and effacement.

If you ever have concerns that you might be in early labor, you should call your doctor immediately. And as always, you should make a list of your concerns and bring them up during your appointments.
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replied December 4th, 2008
thanks for the responses.
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