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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

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 will I know if I lost my mucous plug, or if I am just having discharge?

How will I know if I lost my mucous plug, or if I am just having discharge?

YOUR OB SHOULD HAVE: Already gone over all of that with u ! call your OB that is their job to tell you everything to expect like i take the extra time to explain all of that to my OB pts., it really doesn't matter which one as long as you do not think u have an infection or that your water has not broke, you can lose your mucous plug at once or over days and it can happen 1 day - 4 weeks before labor. ...Read more

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This morning I lost my mucous plug and now I am dripping clear water-like stuff. Is this normal?

This morning I lost my mucous plug and now I am dripping clear water-like stuff. Is this normal?

Amniotic fluid?: You need to be seen and evaluated. It's possible that you ruptured your membranes and are leaking amniotic fluid. There are other possibilities but it's best to assume it's amniotic fluid until proved otherwise. You need to go to the Ob triage unit at your hospital this evening. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I am 37w5d, & 2 cm dilated at 37w2d, head Low. Sex this morning then lost my mucous plug late this afternoon. Irregular cx for weeks. Labor soon?

I am 37w5d, & 2 cm dilated at 37w2d, head Low. Sex this morning then lost my mucous plug late this afternoon. Irregular cx for weeks. Labor soon?

2 to 4 weeks: Labor usually starts 2 to 4 weeks after the mucous plug is expelled. Sexual intercourse is safe as long as the membranes are intact and there is no bleeding. Female orgasms have been known to initiate labor at this point. ...Read more

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I lost my mucous plug at 31 weeks and am dilated at 2 and effaced at 50 when will i go into labor?

I lost my mucous plug at 31 weeks and am dilated at 2 and effaced at 50 when will i go into labor?

Impossible: It's impossible to say when you will go into labor. It's possible that you will make it to term and won't go into labor pre-term, it's also possible that you will go into pre-term labor. Best is to avoid intercourse or sex. Avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting. It looks like you are already on Procardia (nifedipine) to help prevent preterm contractions. Best of luck ; hopefully baby stays until 37w. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks & 6 days , dilated 4cm since last wed, lost my mucous plug too , no contractions only bad back pain can doc break my water or induced me ?

I'm 38 weeks & 6 days , dilated 4cm since last wed, lost my mucous plug too , no contractions only bad back pain can doc break my water or induced me ?

Yes: Can: yes. Should: maybe. Most conscientious obstetricians do not induce a woman electively (just for convenience) before 39 weeks. If this is your first pregnancy, and your cervix is not favorable, then inducting you now would increase your risk of cesarean section for failure to get into labor. A favorable cervix is not only dilated, but thin, soft, forward, and with baby's head low. ...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