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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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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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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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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 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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Was 90% effaced now 80% still 3cm have been for 2 weeks. Any safe ways at home to help SPEED things up? Told no sex as lost mucous plug. HELP!!

Was 90% effaced now 80% still 3cm have been for 2 weeks.  Any safe ways at home to help SPEED things up? Told no sex as lost mucous plug. HELP!!

Unfortunately no.: Unfortunately, there is no way to bring on labor by yourself. Eating spicy foods, walking, sex - none of this will help and could make you miserable. Labor happens when the baby is ready to be delivered. We don't know how, but we think a signal is sent from the baby's brain that says it's ready. ...Read more

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How long after the mucous plug is lost does labor start? I'm 39 weeks and lost it today. I'm totally effaced & only 1cm dilated as of chk up yesterday

How long after the mucous plug is lost does labor start? I'm 39 weeks and lost it today. I'm totally effaced & only 1cm dilated as of chk up yesterday

Very variable: Some patients will go into labor in a few hours, others may not start labor more than a few days. If your contractions start getting closer (every 4-5 minutes), or you start leaking fluid call your doctor. You may spot , but heavier bleeding should also prompt a call. ...Read more

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35 weeks prego, lost mucous plug last week, has clear water like discharge that drips after peeing. Can this be amniotoc fluid& shouild I b concerned?

35 weeks prego, lost mucous plug last week, has clear water like discharge that drips after peeing. Can this be amniotoc fluid& shouild I b concerned?

Yes: Call your doctor immediately and be evaluated for amniotic fluid. Babies can develop severe infections if the water sac is ruptured for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

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