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I am 38 weeks and I'm pretty sure I just lost my mucus plug. Does losing my mucus plug mean that I've started dilating?

I am 38 weeks and I'm pretty sure I just lost my mucus plug. Does losing my mucus plug mean that I've started dilating?

It might.: At 38 weeks in your pregnancy, you will likely go into labor soon, i.e., within the next 4 weeks! It's so unpredictable. But losing the mucus plug means that labor's on the horizon - we just don't know how close! Look for regular cramping and uterine tightening occurring with increasing frequency and severity - or for your water breaking (leak or non-negotiable gush of fluid). Questions? Call doc. ...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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What does it mean to lose my mucus plug?

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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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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I'm almost positive I'm losing my mucous plug. I'm 37 weeks on thursday. How soon does that mean l will go into labor?

I'm almost positive I'm losing my mucous plug. I'm 37 weeks on thursday. How soon does that mean l will go into labor?

Soon...maybe: Usually within 2 days is what we're taught... After doing this for over 20 years, I've learned that the wait can be much longer. If it's truly a mucous plug from cervical change & with increasing contractions; you may deliver within the week. But, remember, your baby hasn't read the same books & will come when it's ready! ;). ...Read more

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What does mean when the mucus plug  comes out?

What does mean when the mucus plug  comes out?

About to deliver: A pregnant woman's mucus plug is expelled just prior to delivery. It is present to help block bacteria from entering the uterus during pregnancy. Sometimes, loss of a mucus plug can be associated with some bloody discharge. If you are the one who is pregnant, you may want to let your OB know. Good luck! ...Read more

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What usualy causes a wpman to lose her mucus plug?

What usualy causes a wpman to lose her mucus plug?

Contractions: However, many things are involved, and most contractions can be subtle enough that many women may not feel them.. Also, passing your mucus plug does not "guarantee" labor will follow in the next 12-24 hours. For many women, labor may be up to 1-2 weeks later. ...Read more

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Icky gooey stuff came out. ]does this mean I lost my mucus plug?

Icky gooey stuff came out. ]does this mean I lost my mucus plug?

Probably yes: If your bag of water is still intact it is most likely that you have lost your mucous plug. ...Read more

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Could I be dilating and effacing and still have my mucus plug in there?

Possible: The cervical mucous is thick and sticky so it will try to stay in the cervix. However, as you dilate the mucous will inevitably begin to pass out of the vagina. You could notice large clumps of mucous but you may only see an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge as the mucous plug goes away. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 40+4 and lost my mucus plug last night what does this mean?

Labor imminent: This means that you may soon go into labor. If you have not gone into labor by 40+7, chances are that your OB will discuss induction of labor with you. ...Read more

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Do losing you mucus plug help you dilate?

Mucous plug: During normal pregnancy losing mucous plug generally implies impending labor ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose your mucus plug at 23 weeks?

Not normal: It's not normal but not necessarily a bad thing. Your cervix is constantly making more mucous. You should still be checked to make sure you are not dilating early. ...Read more

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How long should your water break after you lose your mucus plug?

How long should your water break after you lose your mucus plug?

Please ask your OB: All? S like this esp at the end of your pregnancy should be directed to your OB as your OB knows your situation and that is part of their job to answer all? S u have, it could happen soon or never happen, losing your plug does not correlate with rupture of membranes, my advise to you is don't go past your due date 39-40 wks is the ideal time to deliver for the baby, I induce everyone by 40 wks. ...Read more

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Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

No: I haven't found that mucous plug is a good predictor of when a woman goes into labor. Women lose it at 35 weeks all the time and then go on to deliver weeks and weeks later. If you're having contractions or bleeding, definitely go to l&d, but rest assured that you're unlikely to deliver premature. Have doctor check your cervix at next visit, that is a greater predictor and will yield more info. ...Read more

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39 weeks and losing pieces of my mucus plug, help?

Mucus plug: A term patient gradually loosing the mucus plug is indicating progression towards labor. That is reassuring.
Nevertheless, if the patient starts passing watery fluid or blood with or without labor, she should report to the hospital promptly for evaluation.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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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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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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I'm 15 weeks and don't know weather is safe to lose my mucus plug this early.?

Call your OB: What you are describing is concerning.
It is impossible to give you reassurance without an exam or knowing you medical history.

I would suggest calling your OB and informing them today. ...Read more