Losing the mucus plug at 40 weeks - Doctor answers

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Did I lose my mucus plug? 40 weeks pregnant today, felt like I was leaking something so went to bathroom. When I wiped I found something about an inch long, grayish in color, and dry. Sort of resembles an oyster. Should I call my doctor?

Did I lose my mucus plug? 40 weeks pregnant today, felt like I was leaking something so went to bathroom. When I wiped I found something about an inch long, grayish in color, and dry. Sort of resembles an oyster. Should I call my doctor?

The: The mucus plug is mucus that protects the uterus from bacteria or other infections during pregnancy. The plug is usually passed because the cervix is dilating. It can be stringy, sticky or look a lot like the mucus that could come from your nose. So, when you say it looks like an oyster, I am guessing that you mean the material from the interior of the oyster and not the very hard shell on the outside. It can be clear, opaque or pink tinged. If you are bleeding bright red blood (more than a small amount) that is of more concern. Passing the mucus plug does not give you very exact information about when you will go into labor. A woman could go into labor within hours or within weeks after she passes her plug. Congratulations on the pending arrival of your new baby.
Usually your doctor will give you directions about when he or she wants you to go the hospital. I.E., timing of contractions. If you are not contracting and don't have bleeding (ie more than a couple teaspoons of blood) you can probably let your doctor know at the next visit. Usually visits are more frequent once your pregnancy is this far advanced. If you are having symptoms suggestive of labor, or you have a release of fluids, yes call your doctor. ...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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I'm 40 weeks nd 3 days and I wanted to know should I cancel my induction since my mucus plug fell out?

I'm 40 weeks nd 3 days and I wanted to know should I cancel my induction since my mucus plug fell out?

Not yet: Since your mucus plug fell out it is POSSIBLE that you will go into labor in the next 24-48 hrs. I suggest leaving the induction scheduled. If you go into labor before then, the hospital will cancel the induction when you arrive in labor. ...Read more

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40 weeks lost a piece of my mucus plug can I still have sex?

40 weeks lost a piece of my mucus plug can I still have sex?

No clear/proven risk: There is a theoretical risk that bacteria or other microorganisms from your partner or from your perineum/vulva/vagina could infect your amniotic fluid and baby even if your membranes are still intact. Good scientific recommendations are hard to find. Common sense would suggest caution, oral non-vaginal sex or the use of condom if vaginal penetration is planned, ...to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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40 weeks pg and 4cm dilated and 90% lost mucus plug. How much longer?

40 weeks pg and 4cm dilated and 90% lost mucus plug. How much longer?

Soon and very soon: More than likely you should be in spontaneous labor soon unless you are contracting and already in labor. Or, if desired. You would be an excellent candidate for some help by being admitted and artificially rupturing your membranes with or without Pitocin (oxytocin) to augment/start contractions. ...Read more

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I'm 40 weeks and 2 days, lost my mucus plug 3 1/2 hrs ago, I was checked today and dialated to 2 cm, I am now having brown discharge for the last 3?

Consult your ob/gyn: Your question was a little cut off. Needs a consult so we can get more details, for example are you having contractions, how far apart etc, how is the baby moving, are you feverish etc. This will help determine whether you are progressing and whether there are any issues needing consideration. Difficult to do through here. Please contact/ consult ob/gyn urgently to sort out. ...Read more

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How long after mucus plug will I go into labor if I'm 40 weeks and I have dilated 1cm and what can I do to get it started?

How long after mucus plug will I go into labor if I'm 40 weeks and I have dilated 1cm and what can I do to get it started?

Just have to weight: You have to weight and let nature take its course, soon your cervix will dilate more and your amniotic sac will break and real labour pains will end in a healthy baby
good luck. ...Read more

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How long after mucus plug will I go into labor if I'm 40 weeks and I have dilated 1cm and what can I do to get it started?

How long after mucus plug will I go into labor if I'm 40 weeks and I have dilated 1cm and what can I do to get it started?

Soon: The time varies before active labor starts, but the plug loss is the beginning of the process prior to initiating labor. Mother nature is "in control" of when labor starts unless the OB does induction of labor with pitocin (oxytocin). ...Read more

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Last Tuesday had my membrane stripped, lost most my mucus plug Wednesday night. 40 weeks. Irregular contractions since last nite. Labor soon?

Last Tuesday had my membrane stripped, lost most my mucus plug Wednesday night. 40 weeks. Irregular contractions since last nite. Labor soon?

Below: Usually will deliver within one week of membranes being stripped.

Your irregular contractions should become more regular and more intense.

If you have any concerns, however, inform your DR, . ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get my mucous plug to come out or speed up the process? 40 weeks, been walking alot, having pretty regular contractions

Is there anything I can do to get my mucous plug to come out or speed up the process? 40 weeks, been walking alot, having pretty regular contractions

Not really: There are things available within the hospital if they are needed, but require careful monitoring. The mucus plug will come out when the cervix starts to open up, so it is only a sign of the process. It sounds like you are getting very close, so try to be patient! ...Read more

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Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

Losing the mucus plug at week 35 and it's bloody is that a bad sign?

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

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What usualy causes a wpman to lose her mucus plug?

Contractions: However, many things are involved, and most contractions can be subtle enough that many women may not feel them.. Also, passing your mucus plug does not "guarantee" labor will follow in the next 12-24 hours. For many women, labor may be up to 1-2 weeks later. ...Read more

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39 weeks and losing pieces of my mucus plug, help?

Mucus plug: A term patient gradually loosing the mucus plug is indicating progression towards labor. That is reassuring.
Nevertheless, if the patient starts passing watery fluid or blood with or without labor, she should report to the hospital promptly for evaluation.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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I'm 15 weeks and don't know weather is safe to lose my mucus plug this early.?

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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Ok so yesterday it was confirmed that I did lose my mucus plug. Now im gettin lower right side back pain...What do I do?

Ok so yesterday it was confirmed that I did lose my mucus plug. Now im gettin lower right side back pain...What do I do?

Prepare for Labor: It sounds like your body is preparing for labor. These next few days or week will continue to show you some pains and other strange or unusual symptoms. This is a very frustrating time but you must be patient. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Do losing you mucus plug help you dilate?

Mucous plug: During normal pregnancy losing mucous plug generally implies impending labor ...Read more