I'm exactly 40 weeks pregnant. Due date is tomorrow. All day I've been having some unpleasant discharge. I can only describe it as like blowing your nose with a nasty cold and a bit of a nosebleed. I imagine this is the 'show'. (Sorry - I realise that is disgusting!) My question really is this - how long after did you go into labour? I've read that it can be 7 - 10 days, but is that normal, or does it usually mean that labour is imminent? Thanks! xx
I went into labour the same night. Had a whole day of mild contractions and DS was born in the early hours. But mine didn't come out in dribs and drabs, I had one snotty one and then a great big massive bloody chunk. Good luck!
My show with DS looked like something I'd stepped in on a trip to a farm! Thanks for your description OP, I had no idea it could be like that and I was really worried it was evidence of meconium or some such. DS was born about 3 days later (after about 16hours of what is consider a active labour).
I was in the delivery suite for some injections (now 33wks w DC2) and overheard one if the midwives talking to someone on the phone about this. She was explaining that there's often some cells and a little blood mixed in with the mucus from the plug. If you start to release it (and they mix together) overnight when you're horizontal, the blood in it will oxidise and the whole thing will darken before you get to see it. Nice. I feel better about my gross-ness (always such fun having the midwife examine your maternity pad) and am posting in case someone else is worried about this!