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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

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 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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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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If your mucus plug is still hard but your wall is thinning out and not dilated, how long until you deliver?

If your mucus plug is still hard but your wall is thinning out and not dilated, how long until you deliver?

Impossible to say: This is the forever 'golden' question... When will i deliver? In my experience, mucous plugs don't mean a lot. Thinning is a good sign that baby has dropped and is exerting pressure on your cervix... This is more predictive than dilation of impending labor. Having said that, however, it can be hours, days or weeks, until a woman delivers. Only the stars know for sure! ...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

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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. ...Read more

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If your 2 cm dilated and you lose your mucus plug does that mean that labour is starting?

 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) ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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So I'm 39wks and 2days and I lost my mucus plug? Is labor approaching? And is it possible to dilate etc. without feeling any contractions?

So I'm 39wks and 2days and I lost my mucus plug? Is labor approaching? And is it possible to dilate etc. without feeling any contractions?

Yes and yes: Cool that you got to see passage of your mucus plug! A lot of patients miss that special moment. Absolutely you can dilate without feeling it. You'll start feeling it when your body ramps up the speed and the little munchkin starts to put pressure on the thinning, dilating cervix to descend down the vaginal canal. ...Read more