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39wks I went to the br an when I wiped it looked like I had a little lugi about the size of the tip of my pinky I could that be part if my mucus plug?

39wks I went to the br an when I wiped it looked like I had a little lugi about the size of the tip of my pinky I could that be part if my mucus plug?

Possibly.: Typically the plug looks like opaque mucus and has some blood associated with it. It is a marker of early labor and contractions, so at this advanced gestational age please see your obstetrician to assure that you are not in early labor. Best of luck! ...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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Quarter sized mucus plug? 34 weeks pregnant

Quarter sized mucus plug? 34 weeks pregnant

Please call your OB: All? S like this esp at this point in your pregnancy should be directed to your OB since your OB knows you and your pregnancy, sometimes that can happen at 34 weeks, you meed to make sure you do not keep getting more mucus or that you do not get srom, but your OB should know whether it is the labor day weekend or not if u were my pt I owuld advsie no intercourse as u do not want to cause prematur. ...Read more

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I'm 34 weeks pregnant and lost a quarter size of clear but yellow tinge mucus, could it be my mucus plug?

Yes: A mucous plug is typically a thick jelly like blob of mucous. It may be yellow or whitish and often has streaks of old brown blood. ...Read more

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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

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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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Just how much of the mucous plug is there? I've seen so many large globs of what has been confirmed as my mucous plug.

Just how much of the mucous plug is there? I've seen so many large globs of what has been confirmed as my mucous plug.

Varies: Think of your cervical mucous just like mucous from your nose or when you have a bad cough. Some have a lot and somehow very little. The amount makes no difference. ...Read more

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If u lose ur mucous plug when ur 12wks pg, is that a sign of m/c? Read that mucous plug grows back. Very worried, help. Asap

If u lose ur mucous plug when ur 12wks pg, is that a sign of m/c? Read that mucous plug grows back. Very worried, help. Asap

No: You may have discharge with mucus but this does not mean miscarriage. Bleeding is a sign of miscarriage. If you have had premature deliveries then you may need to get followed by ultrasound, but u should be fine, good luck. ...Read more

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Is losing your mucous plug a sign of fertility?

Is losing your mucous plug a sign of fertility?

No: Fertility is very dependent on age of the women. All women become infertile. Over the age of 40 it becomes very difficult to achieve pregnancy therefore seeking a fertility expert should be a high priority. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can still have the mucous plug and have discharge too?

Can still have the mucous plug and have discharge too?

Yes: The mucous plug gets released when you start dilating, which can be a month or more in advance of your labor. It will continue to form and fall out over and over again. There are other causes for discharge including infection, so you should tell your OB about this. Good luck. ...Read more

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If ur 12wks pg& lose ur mucous plug is it safe? Please help, asap

U do not get: A mucous plug at 12 weeks, if u have excessive discharge u need to see your OB for an exam, cultures and an ultrasound to make sure the cervix is not trying to become incompetent so call your ob. ...Read more

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I'm 14 weeks 3 days and just lost my mucous plug. Should I be worried?

No: First of all, there is no formed "mucous plug" yet at 14 weeks. Secondly, without contractions or bleeding, the pregnancy will remain in place. Should contractions or bleeding begin, please contact your local OB MD ASAP. ...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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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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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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Is it possible to have a mucous plug without being cancer?

Is it possible to have a mucous plug without being cancer?

Yes: There are a variety of lung diseases that can cause mucus plugging. Some more common diseases associated with mucus plugging are bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, chronic pneumonitis or pneumonia and immune deficiency that leads to one of these conditions especially bronchiectasis if the problem is still present, I recommend you talk to your doctors about. ...Read more

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Is it normal for mucous plug to be leaking after 25 weeks?

Is it normal for mucous plug to be leaking after 25 weeks?

CALL YOUR OB ASAP: So your OB can evaluate you to make sure your cervix is not too short or that you are not leaking amniotic fluid you should have already called your OB! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your water broke before your mucous plug falls out?

How can you tell if your water broke before your mucous plug falls out?

Please call your OB: Water breaking should be thin watery fluid, (assuming you do not have meconium) mucous plug will be thick and usually plug will come out first, sometimes it can happen at the same time ...Read more

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Can an orgasm or multiple orgasms cause the mucous plug to fall? Also, can the orgasms cause my water to break sooner?

Can an orgasm or multiple orgasms cause the mucous plug to fall? Also, can the orgasms cause my water to break sooner?

Not likely!: I suppose some might think the process of labor and the experience of sexual climax in women could be linked, but to the best of my knowledge, one takes place in the brain and the other occurs at the opposite pole... I certainly do not think that an orgasm, or multiple orgasms, present you with increased risk of premature labor. You may want to review this with a midwife or obstetrician... ...Read more

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Can an antibitic break ups mucous plug in the bronchi tube?

Can an antibitic break ups mucous plug in the bronchi tube?

Not directly: Obviously treatment of the bronchitis/pneumonia will help in the long run, but the antibiotic itself will not resolve the mucous plugging. ...Read more

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If u hah a mucous plug in your lung would it make you short if breath?

If u hah a mucous plug in your lung would it make you short if breath?

If its huge: If its huge and blocks a passage causing your airways to collapse, it can make your short of breath

good luck! ...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?

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