DH and I made a run to the hospital today. I woke up with a lot of spotting including some clots and cramping. I've had spotting ever since my appt Tuesday. During that appt, the midwife tore open a piece of connective tissue that she found in/around my cervical opening that she said could be holding my cervix closed. She warned me there'd be some spotting as a result and there was but it got better. Until this morning. This morning there was a scary lot of spotting. Plus the scary clots. We called the office and they suggested we got to Labor and Delivery just in case.
Turned out it was fine. The cramping is probably Braxton Hicks. Which is good to know. I was wondering why I wasn't having any BH contractions yet. Turns out I probably am but they feel more like cramping to me than what I imagine contractions must be like (starting at the top, etc). The cramping is probably pushing the rest of the old blood from this connective tissue tearing out. They did a non-stress test (monitored baby's heartbeat and movement while I was seated) and baby still looks great.
The silver lining in this stressor is that well of course the baby and I are fine. But also that this was a dry run for DH and I. We got everything packed up just in case they kept me in the hospital. So now we've done that and will be ready for when it really is time to go to Labor and Delivery (hopefully next week).
And since it's been a while, here's a belly bump pic we took last night (39 weeks):