I had my first internal and am shocked to find out that I am 1 cm dilated and that my mucous plug is gone! I never really saw it? The doctor just seemed really happy and I said, well, shouldn't I have lost my mucous plug if I'm already dilated and she said, "Yep, it's gone! I can feel the baby's head!" I'm just a little freaked out by this and was wondering what you all thought about this kind of progress. I mean, I know I could walk around for weeks like this, but, do you think this could be a sign that I will go before my due date of February 4th? I've been having stabbing pains "down there" and especially right in my backside and tailbone. Very uncomfortable, but the doctor said that was the baby moving down and my cervix dilating. Let me know your thoughts/experiences with this! Anyone else around 36 weeks with same progress?? Thanks!