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39wks. Pregnant, what's the difference between a mucus plug and a bloody show, are they the same thing?

39wks. Pregnant, what's the difference between a mucus plug and a bloody show, are they the same thing?

They can be: Blood show describes a plug that looks, well, more bloody. Neither represent dangerous situations. ...Read more

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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13wks pg think i lost my mucous plug, read that happens&it will grow back.Should i b scared?

13wks pg think i lost my mucous plug, read that happens&it will grow back.Should i b scared?

See your doctor: It is hard to know whether or not it was really your mucous plug. Typically, you lose your mucous plug at the end of pregnancy, but it is not necessarily a sign of labor. It is a thick, sticky clear discharge. Remember, during pregnancy you may have more discharge than normal or you may have a yeast or bacterial infection. If you aren't cramping or bleeding, i wouldn't panic, but go see your ob! ...Read more

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How do I know I have lost my mucous plug?

How do I  know I have lost my mucous plug?

A challenge: It is not always obvious. The "mucus plug" is more a concept than an actual object. As the term cervix matures, softens and dilates, the mucus barrier will be excreted. This may appear as a thick wad of mucus with small amount of blood or if slowly lost, just an increase in vaginal discharge. Confirmation usually comes with a cervical exam showing effacement and dilation. ...Read more

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Just how much of the mucous plug is there? I've seen so many large globs of what has been confirmed as my mucous plug.

Just how much of the mucous plug is there? I've seen so many large globs of what has been confirmed as my mucous plug.

Varies : Think of your cervical mucous just like mucous from your nose or when you have a bad cough. Some have a lot and somehow very little. The amount makes no difference. ...Read more

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If u lose ur mucous plug when ur 12wks pg, is that a sign of m/c? Read that mucous plug grows back.Very worried, help..Asap

If u lose ur mucous plug when ur 12wks pg, is that a sign of m/c? Read that mucous plug grows back.Very worried, help..Asap

No: You may have discharge with mucus but this does not mean miscarriage. Bleeding is a sign of miscarriage. If you have had premature deliveries then you may need to get followed by ultrasound, but u should be fine, good luck. ...Read more

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Is losing your mucous plug a sign of fertility?

Is losing your mucous plug a sign of fertility?

No: Fertility is very dependent on age of the women. All women become infertile. Over the age of 40 it becomes very difficult to achieve pregnancy therefore seeking a fertility expert should be a high priority. ...Read more

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Can still have the mucous plug and have discharge too?

Can  still have the mucous plug and have discharge too?

Yes: The mucous plug gets released when you start dilating, which can be a month or more in advance of your labor. It will continue to form and fall out over and over again. There are other causes for discharge including infection, so you should tell your OB about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a mucous plug without being cancer?

Yes: There are a variety of lung diseases that can cause mucus plugging. Some more common diseases associated with mucus plugging are bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, chronic pneumonitis or pneumonia and immune deficiency that leads to one of these conditions especially bronchiectasis if the problem is still present, i recommend you talk to your doctors about. ...Read more

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Is it normal for mucous plug to be leaking after 25 weeks?

Is it normal for mucous plug to be leaking after 25 weeks?

CALL YOUR OB ASAP: So your OB can evaluate you to make sure your cervix is not too short or that you are not leaking amniotic fluid you should have already called your OB ! ...Read more