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Doctor insights on: Mucus Plug Labor

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

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

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Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?

Is it safe to use evening primrose oil on your cervix after loosing your mucus plug to induce labor?

Evening Primrose: Proponents of natural birth methods and many midwives swear by using evening primrose oil to help ripen the cervix. Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandins, which are used for inducing labor. It is said to help soften and ripen the cervix to help prepare it for the birth of your baby. Evening primrose oil is more commonly used by midwives. Very few obstetricians employ this method. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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37 weeks and 6 days pregnant. 4cm dilated. 60% effaced. Lost mucus plug. False labor yesterday. How much longer until true active labor?!

37 weeks and 6 days pregnant. 4cm dilated. 60% effaced. Lost mucus plug. False labor yesterday. How much longer until true active labor?!

First or subsequent?: The onset of "true" labor is difficult to predict, however, sounds like you are very close. If you've had a vaginal birth before, it's likely to go faster the next time. If this is your first, then it could take an extra day or even week! Stay calm and let your contractions do their job. Your cervix will dilate, and/or your membranes will rupture! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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