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Does Losing Your Mucus Plug Mean Your 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
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
Does losing mucus plug mean labor will soon follow or is it possible that several weeks could go by before going into active labor?
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
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
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
Probably yes: If your bag of water is still intact it is most likely that you have lost your mucous plug. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: You can loose the mucus plug with or without bleeding. ...Read more
Need a follow up: See your obgyn for a follow up exam to make sure all has resolved normally. ...Read more
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
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