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Possible start of labour?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ looking for advice please

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Hey girls,

Just looking for some advice. Iโ€™ll be 36 weeks on Sunday. I have placenta previa and have spent some time in hospital, the most recent being a couple of days ago with a heavy bleed.

Iโ€™ll be having a planned section at 39 weeks (unless they have to do it sooner).

When I was admitted to hospital a few days ago because of a heavy bleed Iโ€™d had some back ache and period type pains a few days before the bleed but when I had the actual bleed no pains or anything. I was kept in hospital for 24 hours and had no further bleeds so was discharged, this was on Wednesday night that I got discharged.

So yesterday I had quite strong back ache on and off most the day as well as period style cramps. Asked a friend who said this didnโ€™t sound like the start of labour - just the body gearing up?! I also had brown discharge but the hospital did tell me this was really normal after the fresh bleed.

This morning when I woke up and wiped below using a baby wipe I had some red/pink blood again and a little mucus, so Iโ€™m thinking maybe mucus plug? Iโ€™ve also got back ache again and period type cramps.

Could this be early signs of labour? This is first baby so I really have no idea at all of what to expect.

Iโ€™ve put a fresh pad on and also been to the toilet a few times just to monitor, no further bleeding or mucus. Back ache continues but isnโ€™t any worse. I will obviously call triage if I have any more or if pain becomes worse. Iโ€™m just wondering if anyone thinks this could possibly be the start?

Thanks ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

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Hi Amanda86. This could be Braxton Hicks practise type contractions starting, but as you have a placenta praevia, I would definitely get checked out, in case you have a haemorrhage. They may have you back in I'm afraid for bed rest, I don't know, but I would want you scanned to check that the placenta is stable. Hope all is OK and I shall be thinking of you. Diane

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Amanda86 in reply to DianeArnold

Thanks Diane. Yeah the hospital did actually mention I was having quite strong Braxton Hicks which I wasnโ€™t feeling most of the time. So could well be this.

Iโ€™m continuing to go to the toilet regular and still not more spotting or blood. Back ache has now eased off too.

Scan as hospital showed my placenta is still completely covering birth canal and before being discharged the doctor did mention if I continue to bleed then likely they will admit me and possibly do the section sooner.

I will continue to keep a really close eye and if I have any type of spotting or bleeding I will call them straight away.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

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DianeArnold in reply to Amanda86

Hi Amanda86. Well, I feel more reassured, as you must, that the pains etc have settled down, so it does seem as if it has been Braxton-Hicks. Obviously, just keep an "eye on your knickers" and if any heavy bleeding, then off you go. All will be OK for baby to be born now, so no worries there. Hopefully you will be able to manage another couple of weeks. You know I am thinking of you, so wishing you massive luck. Diane xx

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Amanda86 in reply to DianeArnold

Thanks very much Diane. I definitely do feel baby will be here sooner than 39 weeks but hopefully he can stay snuggled up in my tummy just a little longer!

I did read that the contractions could cause some spotting/bleeding as it disrupts blood vessels so it could well be the case with having the cramps followed by a little blood.

Will keep an eye and call them straight away if I have any further bleeds or pains.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

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DianeArnold in reply to Amanda86


Thinking of you Amanda wishing you so much luck hun


Thank you. Hope your keeping well xxx

I'm not bad lovely, keep us updated


How you getting on Amanda ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜˜


Iโ€™m ok thank you. Pains eased up and no more bleeding or spotting so he seems to be staying put for now which is good! How are you? Xxx

That's good hun, that's what we want him staying put. Although bet you can't wait to meet him ๐Ÿ’™

I'm not too bad hun just waiting on this kidney scan which is starting to frustrate me.


I canโ€™t, wonโ€™t be long now. Weโ€™ve moved house and itโ€™s being decorated so I just want it finished for him coming so hopefully he can wait a few more weeks ๐Ÿ™ˆ

When is your kidney scan? Do you have a gender scan booked? Xxx

Awwww lovely.

I love decorating how fun. Lovely all fresh stuff set up for baby.

I'm waiting on the kidney scan been waiting for two weeks ๐Ÿค”

Iv got gender scan booked for next Saturday eeeek then I'll get my shop on ๐Ÿ˜‰


Gender scan is very exciting, bet you canโ€™t wait!! Howโ€™s the sickness?

Thatโ€™s not good youโ€™ve been waiting so long for your kidney scan ๐Ÿ˜ข are you going to chase them up? Hopefully you wonโ€™t have to wait much longer ๐Ÿ˜˜ xxx

Sickness has eased loads just odd random days.

I chased them up on Friday they said they can take time it's a matter of waiting, if I don't get anything next week iv got antenatal and Dr on the 21St I'll be taking them I'm getting a private one


Thatโ€™s good itโ€™s eased, bet your glad!!

Hopefully youโ€™ll hear from them by next week but if not definitely mention it to them. Itโ€™s not fair at a time thatโ€™s already an anxious time to have someone waiting around and causing more anxiousness ๐Ÿ˜– xxx

Most definitely hun it really depressed the life out of me. As u know.

I know everyone keeps saying your pregnant they need to hurry up, it's not fair your right they have already worried the life out of me I want to know what I'm dealing with.

Enjoy finishing decorating hun


Yes it was awful, I remember it well and slowly towards the end Iโ€™ve been having a little again! ๐Ÿ˜ข

Thanks - weโ€™ve got someone in decorating but as itโ€™s been the whole house getting done Iโ€™m just fed up with it now and want it done lol. Hopefully should be finished in the next weeks though ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž xxx

Awwww hun. Hope it doesn't get too bad bless ya.

Oh that's even better ordering them about ๐Ÿ˜‚ soon be done though and you can enjoy it


Hi Amanda.

When I went in for monitoring I was having BH but didnโ€™t feel them. Hopefully all this is just you gearing up which can happen weeks ahead of the due date.

Lots of rest for you to keep the little guy tucked in there for a few more weeks x

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Amanda86 in reply to emmab178

Thanks Emma. Feeling ok now so I do think itโ€™s just been my body preparing.

Hope your well xxx

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