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Mucus Plug Comes Out
About to deliver: A pregnant woman's mucus plug is expelled just prior to delivery. It is present to help block bacteria from entering the uterus during pregnancy. Sometimes, loss of a mucus plug can be associated with some bloody discharge. If you are the one who is pregnant, you may want to let your OB know. Good luck! ...Read more
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
Mucus Plug: The mucus plug seals off the entrance to the cervix to prevent infection from getting to the baby. It may dislodge a few weeks or a few hours prior to delivery. A new one can sometimes form. If the plug is more bloody or there is more bleeding than expected see your doctor. ...Read more
Full term: Full term usually which is 37wks and after. ...Read more
Exactly When Does The Mucus Plug Come Out In And How far along are Most Women When The Mucus Plug Comes Out?
Varies: Sometimes it comes out all at once. It's about the size of the palm of your hand and is usually greenish brown with some blood mixed in often. It usually comes out in the third trimester often times near term. However, many women never see it come out like that. Often times it comes out a small amount over days or weeks. Unlike old wives tails it doesn't mean labor necessarily. ...Read more
How do you know when your mucus plug comes out, ill be 37 weeks tomorrow & im having a lot of discharge and thick discharge?
Thick discharge: The mucous plug will come out about 37 to 40 weeks of gestation as a thick wad of mucous sometimes mixed with a bloody tinge. ...Read more
Cervical dilation: Depends. If you have had one or more children vaginally before, you may be a little dilated at your baseline. Most women will not dilate their cervix until in labor. Definition of labor is adequate uterine contractions that cause cervical dilation and effacement (thinning out of the cervix). Mucous plug usually comes out late in pregnancy (after 36th week or so), but again, can happen sooner. ...Read more
Rcs schedule. Gbs +. Ob says no antibiotics unless labor or water breaks. No risk to baby if mucus plug comes out? Risk to baby w/o meds?
Yes: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. The mucus protects and prevents anything from traveling up the cervix. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards. ...Read more
A glob of mucus: Will be thick not thin could be many differnt colors including blood tinged, mucus plug coming out near your due date is normal, if you are worried about anything then call your OB 24/7 just like my pts can call me and a recent study shows the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 for the baby, so don't go past your due date, I don't let any of my pts go past and they all thank me for it. ...Read more
From the start: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. The mucus protects and prevents anything from traveling up the cervix. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards. ...Read more
No: A larger amount of cervical mucus that is sometimes thicker and may be blood-tinged MAY be noticed by patients in their underwear, etc. as patients get closer to being term. But some patients never notice this, and that is normal too. Never put anything in the vagina/cervix or do anything to try to "make the mucus plug come out". This could cause infection, bleeding, or other serious problems. ...Read more
Not necessarily: The mucus plug is made up of thick cervical mucus that your body forms as soon as you're pregnant. 72 hours before labor, your cvx begins to change and the mucus loosens and mixes w/ blood from cervical change until it falls out as a "plug." Any change is enough and your baby does not need to be engaged fully. Your cvx will continue to make mucus and you may have more discharge afterwards. ...Read more
No: Absolutely not! Why would you even think of this? ...Read more
Probably yes: If your bag of water is still intact it is most likely that you have lost your mucous plug. ...Read more
Preterm Labor: Yes. You are at risk of the onset of preterm labor and should notify your Obstetrician. In early labor your cervix opens and you may feel mild contractions, cramps or backache. The mucus plug or blood show is a jelly like blood tinged blob that looks like "snot!" If you are not having contractions you may not be in labour. ...Read more
Possible: The cervical mucous is thick and sticky so it will try to stay in the cervix. However, as you dilate the mucous will inevitably begin to pass out of the vagina. You could notice large clumps of mucous but you may only see an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge as the mucous plug goes away. ...Read more
Hi, I was wondering if there was anyway to remove the mucus plug after stopping bc. it's been 2yrs now but the plug is still there?
No: The mucous plug is simply thick cervical mucous and is not like a bath tub plug. It is continuously produced and simply changes thru the cycle as hormones change. When pregnant women lose their mucus plug they just see a lot of thick mucus come out. ...Read more
Could be: Could be other colors like light red brown, yellowish the main thing is the mucus is thick and may or may not come out at once could come out over a number of days, if the discharge is thin call your OB as it could be rupture of membranes or if u are not sure always call your OB like I instruct my pts to call me. ...Read more