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38 weeks prego , dilated ; baby is down

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im 36 weeks prego, 5 cm dilated and baby is down. ive been having lower abdomanal pain for the past 3 weeks with back pain and lot's of pressure. does this mean it will be happening soon, i did lose my mucus plug and felt her drop

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replied September 10th, 2010
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Active labor starts when cervix is dilated 4 cm or more. As a rule the cervix dilates one cm per hour. But some women dilate faster and others do not dilate for hours.

In your case since you have pain in lower abdomen and back, you are in labor and can deliver any time as you also lost the mucus plug. Please consult your obstetrician ASAP. Take care!

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