I titled this post this way because this is how I Googled it a few minutes ago. And while plenty of pages of information did come up they were mostly chat style boards in which many of the responses were, how shall I say, less than educated.
So as of right now I am going to tell you that I again started spotting. This time much heavier than the last time so while last time was no big deal I was of course immediately worried. I worried because unlike last time, this time I could find no real reason why this spotting should be occurring. I wasn't out doing yardwork, trimming trees with a hacksaw.
Today I did go to the outlet mall for two hours. But I did walk slowly and take lots of breaks. When I was pregnant with Hayley I went to the outlet mall at 38 weeks pregnant and walked about six million miles with no results. That time I was actually trying to kick start labor.
So anyway, I googled it and although the general consensus is that spotting at 32 weeks is not normal I also know that my OB said last time he would not have had me run to the hospital for a little brown spotting. So I guess I'm going to drink lots of water, lay down, and keep my eye on it. If it turns from anything other than brown or pink then I will drive like a maniac to L&D. I am of course freaked out. Nothing like this ever happened when I was pregnant with Hayley- and thank goodness it didn't. It took us so long to conceive her and I was so worried about that pregnancy that I think I would have been an absolutely stress case if it had. Not to say I'm not a stress case now but I guess I have also been able to step back and realize that worrying isn't going to get me very far. Being smart and safe will get me much farther.
So while I am dying, DYING to go upstairs and measure studs and outline a level spot on the wall to start hanging the wainscoting in Hayley's new room I am going to refrain. I am going to lay down instead. Because maybe this spotting is perfectly fine, but just in case there really is something more to it I would hate to go to L&D and tell them, " I started spotting but I didn't think it was any big deal so I proceeded to hang wainscoting in my toddlers room." The nurse would no doubt give my husband the evil eye again and in reality it isn't his fault that he is again sleeping when I feel there is work to be done. It isn't his fault that I am impatient and can't wait for him to get around to doing something.
UPDATE as of 9/17/08- I forgot to update on this post but I did deliver the baby within two weeks of when I started spotting which was still six weeks early. So please, please get yourself checked out if you are spotting at this stage in your pregnancy. Many women may go on to have normal full term pregnancies but in cases like mine, spotting truly was a sign of preterm labor.