Pressure and Discharge in Early Third Trimester

I am 27 weeks pregnant (my second pregnancy) and for the past two weeks have been having what I consider odd symptoms. First and foremost, I feel as though this baby is very low. All fetal movement is felt below the belly button and at times I feel as though this baby is about to fall out! I even have difficulty sitting because I feel as though I am sitting right on the baby.

I have experienced some cervical pain as well and am now experiencing some dark brown discharge. It is very light but there nonetheless. Should I be very concerned? Should I call the doctor or wait until my next visit? Is this normal? I did not have these symptoms with my first child.

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Peg Plumbo CNM

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Dear Heather,

Although the feeling of carrying the baby lower is more common with second pregnancies or beyond, the extreme amount of pressure and the vaginal discharge would lead me to recommend that you get an appointment as soon as possible.

It would be an easy thing to assess and well worth the trip. Early engagement or early cervical changes need to be ruled out despite the fact that you seem to be having no contractions.

If any changes are noted, increased rest as well as several tests could be ordered to confirm your risk for preterm labor (ultrasound, thrust test, ultrasound of the cervix for thinning, fetal fibronectin studies, beta strep cultures).

I hope you get in soon and I wish you the best.
Peg

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