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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.

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.

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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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?

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

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Can I induce labor after I lose my mucus plug?

Gestational age: Appropriate labor induction is based on gestational age and medical risks affecting pregnancy. In an uncomplicated pregnancy, induction may be considered at or beyond 39 weeks. The mucus plug does not factor in to the decision.

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How soon can labor start after getting my membranes stripped and losing my mucus plug in the same day?

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.

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How likely is it to go into labor without losing mucus plug or having bloody show but strong contractions?

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.

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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)

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How long after losing mucous plug will labor start?

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.

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How long after you lose your mucous plug do you go into labor?

How long after you lose your mucous plug do you go into labor?

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.

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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! ;).

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Could this be labor if 3m and 60% and lost mucus plug today with little pain?

Probably not: Labor requires cervical change as a result of regular uterine contractions. Your cervical change doesn't seem to be associated with regular contractions and would not meet the definition of labor.

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Can I go into labor if I still haven't lost my mucus plug?

Yes: The mucus plug is not a reliable indicator of what's going on. Many women don't experience it at all.

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I'm 3cm dilated and just Lost my mucus plug is labor coming soon it's not my first child.

I'm 3cm dilated and just Lost my mucus plug is labor coming soon it's not my first child.

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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

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Mucus plug came out no labor yet need doctor visit?

Maybe not...: In general, its not necessary to rush to the hospital or doctor's office if your mucus plug comes out. Its an interesting event but often isn't very helpful or worrisome. However, if you have any bleeding or start contracting it would be a good idea to be seen. Best wishes!

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I'm 38 wks 4 days, I'm 3 CM dilated and already lost my mucus plug...will labor start soon?

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".

Dr. Katharine Cox
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