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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Hi i'm 40 weeks pregnant and i'm unsure if I have lost my mucus plug or not I have the normal discharge that women get when there pregnant? Help :/

Hi i'm 40 weeks pregnant and i'm unsure if I have lost my mucus plug or not I have the normal discharge that women get when there pregnant? Help :/

Ask you doc : This far along it is important to notify your doctor of any changes that you find concerning. The only way to answer this question is by examination. ...Read more

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I am 40 weeks pregnant and 3 days over my due date already 2cm lost my mucus plug is there anything i can do to help the labor process along?

I am 40 weeks pregnant and 3 days over my due date already 2cm lost my mucus plug is there anything i can do to help the labor process along?

Talk with your OB: The ob's i work with pay close attention to anyone that goes over 40 wks.They do stress tests to assure the babies status & will induce by 41 wks if it goes that far.There are many myths about drinking things like caster oil or jumping around etc., non of which change what will happen naturally. ...Read more

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I am 40 weeks pregnant and i just lost my mucus plug today, i feel contractions that feel like I have to have a bowel movement every 20min, normal?

I am 40 weeks pregnant and i just lost my mucus plug today, i feel contractions that feel like I have to have a bowel movement every 20min, normal?

Call your OB: Monitor your contractions, and be sure to give your OB physician a call, so s/he knows where you're at with the urge to have a bm, and losing your mucus plug. S/he knows your records better than anyone on the forum. Good luck! ...Read more

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Im 40 weeks pregnant and i wiped myself and got a stringy snot like discharge could this be my mucus plug?

Im 40 weeks pregnant and i wiped myself and got a stringy snot like discharge could this be my mucus plug?

Likely : Mucus plug is a thick clump of mucus. It comes out any time near the end of pregnancy. Some women notice it, others don't. Labor may come soon but passing the mucus plug is not a sign of labor. ...Read more

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I am 40 weeks pregnant and my mucus plug just came out, should I call l&d? Or just for my water to break?

I am 40 weeks pregnant and my mucus plug just came out, should I call l&d? Or just for my water to break?

Contractions? Call: Are you feeling your baby kick? Are you having any contractions, and if yes, how close are they? Is this your first child or no? If your having contractions and this is not your first child, go to the hospital. However, if this is your fist child and you're feeling the baby move but not having any contractions, you can sit tight because it might be a few more days. ...Read more

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Did i lose my mucus plug? 40 weeks pregnant today, felt like i was leaking something so went to bathroom. When i wiped i found something about an inch long, grayish in color, and dry. Sort of resembles an oyster. Should i call my doctor?

The : The mucus plug is mucus that protects the uterus from bacteria or other infections during pregnancy. The plug is usually passed because the cervix is dilating. It can be stringy, sticky or look a lot like the mucus that could come from your nose. So, when you say it looks like an oyster, I am guessing that you mean the material from the interior of the oyster and not the very hard shell on the outside. It can be clear, opaque or pink tinged. If you are bleeding bright red blood (more than a small amount) that is of more concern. Passing the mucus plug does not give you very exact information about when you will go into labor. A woman could go into labor within hours or within weeks after she passes her plug. Congratulations on the pending arrival of your new baby. Usually your doctor will give you directions about when he or she wants you to go the hospital. I.E., timing of contractions. If you are not contracting and don't have bleeding (ie more than a couple teaspoons of blood) you can probably let your doctor know at the next visit. Usually visits are more frequent once your pregnancy is this far advanced. If you are having symptoms suggestive of labor, or you have a release of fluids, yes call your doctor. ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant lost mucus plug, dilated 1 cm, and cervical length of 24. Having painin stomach/ cervix area?

30 weeks pregnant lost mucus plug, dilated 1 cm, and cervical length of 24. Having painin stomach/ cervix area?

Preterm : Call your obgyn on call. Keep hydrated. With the contractions like you are describing, they will probably want you to come into l&d. ...Read more

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37+4 weeks pregnant. Lost mucus plug today. Period like cramping & back pain. Also some leg discomfort. Last doc appoint 1cm dilated. Labor or not ?

Not yet: Time the contractions. The baby balls up. It hurts. Think of it as a rhythm. Closer and stronger as time goes by. Needs to be 5 minutes apart or closer to be labor. Keep watching and timing. If your water breaks, time to go. ...Read more

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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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