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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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When does a mucus plug form?

When does a mucus plug form?

End of 1st trimester: A mucous plug will form at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can your mucus plug grow back?

Can your mucus plug grow back?

Yes: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. The mucus protects and prevents anything from traveling up the cervix. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards. ...Read more

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What does a mucus plug look like?

A glob of mucus: Will be thick not thin could be many differnt colors including blood tinged, mucus plug coming out near your due date is normal, if you are worried about anything then call your OB 24/7 just like my pts can call me and a recent study shows the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 for the baby, so don't go past your due date, I don't let any of my pts go past and they all thank me for it. ...Read more

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At what week does the mucus plug form?

From the start: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. The mucus protects and prevents anything from traveling up the cervix. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards. ...Read more

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Can you make your mucus plug come out?

No: A larger amount of cervical mucus that is sometimes thicker and may be blood-tinged MAY be noticed by patients in their underwear, etc. As patients get closer to being term. But some patients never notice this, and that is normal too. Never put anything in the vagina/cervix or do anything to try to "make the mucus plug come out". This could cause infection, bleeding, or other serious problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean to lose my mucus plug?

Labor to begin soon: Once the mucous plug of the cervix is expelled, then labor usually begins in a few days. ...Read more

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Is the mucus plug white thick discharge?

Could be: Could be other colors like light red brown, yellowish the main thing is the mucus is thick and may or may not come out at once could come out over a number of days, if the discharge is thin call your OB as it could be rupture of membranes or if u are not sure always call your OB like I instruct my pts to call me. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

Coughing up mucus plug dangerous?

No: Its a good thing you coughed up a thickened plug of mucous that would obstruct an airway.
If you have asthma make sure you are under control ...Read more

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Lost a mucus plug at 14 wks. Do I have to call?

Are you sure?: How do you know you lost your mucous plug? Or are you having a discharge? Two very different situations requiring different approaches. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cramp when losing mucus plug?

Is it normal to cramp when losing mucus plug?

Yes: Sometimes losing the mucous plug indicates labor is going to begin soon. Cramping is the uterus and cervix preparing for labor. ...Read more

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I have green discharge. Infections again or mucus plug?

I have green discharge. Infections again or mucus plug?

Pregnant?: Are you pregnant? If not then you most likely have an infection as there is no Mucous plug otherwise ...Read more

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Can I go into labor if I still haven't lost my mucus plug?

Can I go into labor if I still haven't lost my mucus plug?

Yes: The mucus plug is not a reliable indicator of what's going on. Many women don't experience it at all. ...Read more

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What does the mucus plug look like after membrane sweeping?

What does the mucus plug look like after membrane sweeping?

Varies: The appearance of the mucus plug varies but the general idea is that it looks like thick glob of mucus; slightly white and sometimes with a little blood in it. ...Read more

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Can you still have sex once your mucus plug starts coming away?

Probably: If you have not had any problems with you pregnancy, the loss of the mucous plug would not be a reason to abstain from sex. ...Read more

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Already lost mucus plug, what's the brown dischrage in panties?

Additional bleeding: I presume you are pregnant.
Mucous plug is just a clot that falls off as the cervix starting changing and opening. More bleeding (slowly enough to clot and become brownish) can occur as that continues to happen. If concerned, speak your ob ...Read more

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What should I do if I am losing a mucus plug after a miscarriage?

What should I do if I am losing a mucus plug after a miscarriage?

Need a follow up: See your obgyn for a follow up exam to make sure all has resolved normally. ...Read more

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Is it common for your mucus plug to come out after a membrane sweep?

Is it common for your mucus plug to come out after a membrane sweep?

YES, your doctor: Should have told you what to expect after doing that, any questions at this stage should be directed to your OB 1st no matter what day or time and you should have received instructions when to call if you have contractions or your water breaks or other issues that your OB should have told you about. ...Read more

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Could the obgyn tell if your mucus plug came out just by getting a checkup?

Wha did your ONGYN s: Say? A cervix check -starting at 37 weeks or sooner if there is an issue can tell if there is still mucus or not, sometimes the plug comes out all at once sometimes over a number of days really does not mean much at term as u can go into labor 1 day or 3weeks after losing the plug. ...Read more

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I'm 3cm dilated and just Lost my mucus plug is labor coming soon it's not my first child.

I'm 3cm dilated and just Lost my mucus plug is labor coming soon it's not my first child.

Childbirth prep: Time to pack your overnight bag and wash your hair in the sink. Do you have someone who can take you to the hospital tonight? Babies don't understand our usual wake-sleep schedules, it seems. Best to call your OB-Gyn and make them aware. ...Read more

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If your 2 cm dilated and you lose your mucus plug does that mean that labour is starting?

Need cervical change: The mucus plug is not a sign of labor. It can be lost right before delivery or several weeks before delivery. The mucus plug is inside the cervical opening to prevent bacteria or debris from ascending the cervical canal. Signs of labor are when you have cervical change (example going from 2 cm to 4 cm), along with regular contractions (example- Contractions every 5 min apart lasting a min) ...Read more

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Do you have to lose your mucus plug to have your baby, or can your doctor pull it out for you?

Do you have to lose your mucus plug to have your baby, or can your doctor pull it out for you?

No: It depends on the parity of the mother.
Sometimes, first time moms loose the mucus plug before labor and sometimes at the time of labor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose small parts of your mucus plug? I have small booger type discharge in my underwear! (gross!)

Is it possible to lose small parts of your mucus plug? I have small booger type discharge in my underwear! (gross!)

Yes: I assume u are neat term, it can come out all at once or over a number of weeks, both cases are normal and u will notice more once your OB starts cervical exams usually at 37 wks, ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks - best outcome for the baby so do not go past your due date I do not allow any of my pts to go past and none of mine want to, induction is safe and easy at term and my pts want it. ...Read more

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37 weeks 3 1/2 CM 50% effaced losing mucus plug that is brownish or pink over last 3 days. Will I go into active labor soon?

37 weeks 3 1/2 CM 50% effaced losing mucus plug that is brownish or pink over last 3 days. Will I go into active labor soon?

Mucus plug: The mucus plug is usually dark green to brownish and the size of the palm of your hand. You're probably having some bloody show from last office exam. When you go into labor has more to do with your uterus being ready to go into labor. I imagine it may be from today to the next week or so, but there's no way to guarantee ...Read more

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How do you know when your mucus plug comes out, ill be 37 weeks tomorrow & im having a lot of discharge and thick discharge?

Thick discharge: The mucous plug will come out about 37 to 40 weeks of gestation as a thick wad of mucous sometimes mixed with a bloody tinge. ...Read more