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Conflicted with a decision? Who can tell when to pull the plug?

Conflicted with a decision? Who can tell when to pull the plug?

You don't: If you refer to a fistula plug you don't it is a biodisintegrated product.

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Should i call obstetrician if mucus plug goes?

Should i call obstetrician if mucus plug goes?

Not without labor: No, not unless you are having rhythmic contractions or the plug is excessively bloody.

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

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.

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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.

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Lost mucus plug at 31 weeks 2 days. Called on call nurse. She said norm. Previous post 2 doctor gave advice to get doctor. Should I got to hospital?

Lost mucus plug at 31 weeks 2 days. Called on call nurse.  She said norm. Previous post 2 doctor gave advice to get doctor.  Should I got to hospital?

Mucous plug : Losing the mucous plug early is concerning if you are having contractions or are leaking fluid do to the hospital immediately if there are no contractions or fluid leaking it can wait till you can see your OB

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and loss my mucous plug. Should i call my doctor?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and loss my mucous plug. Should i call my doctor?

Follow dr's advice: Some OB doctors might want to know if you have lost your mucus plug. A good rule of thumb is to go to the hospital if you are contracting every 5-7 minutes, if your water breaks, if you have a flow of blood, or if your baby is moving less than usual.

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Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

No: Significance of mucous plug is it may be a sign of cervical dilation. However it is impossible to say for certain if the mucous plug has come out without cervical inspection. Many doctors will advise bed rest, but has not been shown to prevent preterm labor.

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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.

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What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

Yes and No: There are laws and protocols that must be followed. Depending on the reason for coma, the prognosis may be poor, and likely, this is your concern? I'm sorry if you are in this situation. It is not inappropriate to withdrawal care and place the patient on comfort measure, but again, their are laws and protocols that dictate who makes that decision.

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How do you know when to pull the plug on a loved one?

When it's time.: Sit down with your doctor and your family and discuss what your loved one would have wanted. Think about quality versus quantity of life.

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Is someone who was brain dead had a letter saying they didn't want to be kept alive by machines would the doctor have to pull the plug?

Is someone who was brain dead had a letter saying they didn't want to be kept alive by machines would the doctor have to pull the plug?

It should not matter: A person who is brain dead is actually dead. That means he already has passed away, and the "time of death" on his death certificate should show the time that the person became brain dead. The person is not alive just because machines are there. No such letter should be needed, but it may help to have one if a person lives in where politicians or courts have tried to keep dead people on machines.

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How long after the "plug" is pulled does a person usually die. He is 64 body has shut down?

How long after the "plug" is pulled does a person usually die. He is 64  body has shut down?

Depends: This really depends on a bunch of different factors. If the person has little or no respiratory drive, they could pass quickly. If they have even a weak respiratory drive they could have agonal breathing for hours.

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What is the mechanism by which mucus plugs cause a tracheal pull?

What is the mechanism by which mucus plugs cause a tracheal pull?

It acts as a cork: The mucus plug simply acts as a cork and stops up the windpipe not allowing for the air to flow easily back forth thru the trachea.

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My brother is having his"plug" pulled today. His kidneys have shut down how long before he passes?

My brother is having his"plug" pulled today. His kidneys have shut down how long before he passes?

Time of demise: If your brother has kidney failure he may survive up to a week without dialysis. He may pass due to high potassium levels or fluid overload. It is difficult for an outsider to answer your question in a meaningful manner. You should speak to his physicians, as they have more insight of his prognosis than anyone else.

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38wks pregnant with my 2nd child. How can you tell when you've lost your mucus plug? Does it come out all at once or over a few days?

38wks pregnant with my 2nd child. How can you tell when you've lost your mucus plug? Does it come out all at once or over a few days?

Depends: the cervix usually effaces (thins out) earlier in second pregnancies and loss of the 'plug' can occur earlier and over weeks and so be less obvious. it is not an important sign. breaking the water or bleeding or cramping or a combination of these things are the more important signs to watch for and report.

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How can you tell if your water broke before your mucous plug falls out?

How can you tell if your water broke before your mucous plug falls out?

Please call your OB: water breaking should be thin watery fluid, ( assuming you do not have meconium) mucous plug will be thick and usually plug will come out first , sometimes it can happen at the same time

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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.