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Inducing Labor After Losing Mucus Plug
How long after losing mucus plug do people usually go into labor? And can you go swimming after losing mucus plug? Asking for a friend.
Varies: Losing your mucus plug is a sign that early labor is approaching...This, however, could be within hours to 1-2 weeks. It is still okay for a pregnant woman to go swimming if she lost her mucus plug, as long as her bag has not ruptured (broke her water). She may lose more mucus plug in the pool, however, so for hygienic purposes, it may be best to avoid. Best wishes.
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Does losing mucus plug mean labor will soon follow or is it possible that several weeks could go by before going into active labor?
37 weeks 3 1/2 CM 50% effaced losing mucus plug that is brownish or pink over last 3 days. Will I go into active labor soon?
Mucus plug: The mucus plug is usually dark green to brownish and the size of the palm of your hand. You're probably having some bloody show from last office exam. When you go into labor has more to do with your uterus being ready to go into labor. I imagine it may be from today to the next week or so, but there's no way to guarantee
How soon can labor start after getting my membranes stripped and losing my mucus plug in the same day?
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 after having your membranes stripped, but heavier bleeding should also prompt a call.
50%: Sometimes water breaks at late hour during labor Mucus may not be noticed
How likely is it to go into labor without losing mucus plug or having bloody show but strong contractions?
Labor: If you are having strong contractions 3-5 minutes apart for an hour, you could be in labor, even without bloody show or loss of mucous plug. If they are not that close or for that long, try a warm bath, drink lots of water and see what happens. However, when in doubt, go check it out.
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)
ASK YOUR OB: All? S like this should be directed to your OB! Since your OB will be delivering you, there is no set time could be 1or 2 days or 1- 3 or more weeks depending on how far along u are, my advice (since I have done over 5k deliveries) do not go past your due date, not worth it, and a recent study showed the ideal time for the baby to be delivered is 39-40 weeks, induction is safe and easy.
Mucous plug: There is not a definite time frame related to the loss of the cervical mucous plug and labor. I have had patients that lost there plug at 35 weeks and didn't deliver until 40 weeks. I would focus more on regularity of contractions, vaginal spotting, and rupture of your fluid to help you guide whether you may be getting close to more active 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! ;).
No normal: There is no normal after your mucous plug passes. It's a good sign but not a reliable predictor.
Varies: Can be hours to weeksGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: The mucus plug is not a reliable indicator of what's going on. Many women don't experience it at all.
Childbirth prep: Time to pack your overnight bag and wash your hair in the sink. Do you have someone who can take you to the hospital tonight? Babies don't understand our usual wake-sleep schedules, it seems. Best to call your OB-Gyn and make them aware.
35 weeks 7 days, on monday I was told I was 1 CM this morning passed my mucus plug does going into active labor from this point varies?
Early Labor: Not sure what your real question here is. It is very vague. But, like most pregnant patients you are obviously very excited to get to delivery. You sound like you are on your way. There just is no way to predict when you will actually be in full labor.
39 weeks 5 days been 3 CM for 6 days and my mucus plug just came out. How soon do you think it'll be before labor comes and what can I do?
Cervical change: Being 3cm dilated but still not in labor is discouraging but not that uncommon. Some of the things that maybe noticed is that everything needs to be clean and in order, "nesting". You may notice increased pelvic pressure, increased vaginal secretions. The activity level of the baby may change slightly. Most pregnancies deliver on or right around the due date, hence the first trimester ultrasound
Likely: Soon is a relative term. You will likely start labor in days rather than weeks, but it would also be that labor will follow for you before the day is over. We do no have a way to predict labor, but at 38 weeks and 4 days with you already 3 cm dilated - labor is likely "soon".
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