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Is not there a risk of ascending bacteria when a pregnant women lose mucus plug and dont go into labor for days or weeks after?

Is not there a risk of ascending bacteria when a pregnant women lose mucus plug and dont go into labor for days or weeks after?

No: The barrier for protection for the baby is the amniotic sac. Should your "water beak" that would mean the sac had broken and amniotic fluid is leaking. That is when the increased risk of infection from ascending bacteria occurs if labor does not begin. ...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 am 37 weeks pregnant, started losing my mucus plug a week and a half ago. Sharp pains in my cervix. Diarrea started today. How long til labour?

I am 37 weeks pregnant, started losing my mucus plug a week and a half ago. Sharp pains in my cervix. Diarrea started today. How long til labour?

Unpredictable: There is no way to predict exactly how long it will be until labor, although all of these signs you mention suggest it may not be long. Call your doctor if you are contracting every 5 minutes, you think that you have started leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have vaginal bleeding. Also call if you have decreased fetal movement. Good luck! ...Read more

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( i heard), is it true if a pregnant woman loses her mucus plug & decides to take a bath, she can drown the baby from the water going into the womb?

( i heard), is it true if a pregnant woman loses her mucus plug & decides to take a bath, she can drown the baby from the water going into the womb?

Myths: No. This is not in any way real, true or even possible. Remember the fetus in the womb is very well protected and is already living in and breathing amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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I am four months pregnant and i was wondering if i could take musonex? They said that i could risk thinning my mucous plug and losing my baby.

I am four months pregnant and i was wondering if i could take musonex? They said that i could risk thinning my mucous plug and losing my baby.

Sure - go ahead.: Based on the limited data, an increased risk of adverse birth outcomes has not been observed following maternal use of Guaifenesin in pregnancy. Alcohol may be present in some liquid formulations of guaifenesin. If consumed in sufficient quantities during pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome may result. Guaifenesin has been investigated as an agent to improve cervical mucus and improve fertility. ...Read more

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Once everyother day i have a orangy red discharge coming out i am pregnat 31 week. I dont know of its my mucus plug its not everyday this happens?

Once everyother day i have a orangy red discharge coming out i am pregnat 31 week. I dont know of its my mucus plug its not everyday this happens?

Check: You should have ultrasound of your cervix to assess for any change in pregnancy that may make your pregnancy high risk or perhaps complicated. ...Read more

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I am not pregnate I have the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD and I just lost like a mucus plug looking thing?

Decidual Cast: You probably passed a decidual cast. Basically its the entire lining of the uterus that comes out looking white with mucus and blood. Progesterone contraception like Mirena (levonorgestrel) can increase the chance of passing a decidual cast. It doesn't mean anything bad, its more of a curiosity. If you do a search on the internet you can find lots of pictures, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What week does the mucous plug form in pregnancy!?

What week does the mucous plug form in pregnancy!?

Mucous : Your cervix makes mucous your whole life. During pregnancy the amount of mucus production increases. Towards the end of pregnancy there's quite a lot. As you start to dilate it slowly starts to come out. Think of the mucus present in your nose. Your cervix works the same way. It's less exciting when you think about it that way. ...Read more

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Can I be pregnant and not know it. Passed what looks like a mucous plug and now feels like mild contractions. Need help please.

Can I be pregnant and not know it. Passed what looks like a  mucous plug and now feels like mild contractions. Need help please.

Yes: If you have unprotected sex, you can be pregnant. Sometimes, you may not have any symptoms. Often, later in the pregnancy, you may notice your belly getting bigger, absence of periods, fetal movement, contractions. A urine test will help answer your question and a visit to your OB can help you with that. ...Read more

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I am 38 weeks pregnant and loss my mucous plug. Should i call my doctor?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and loss my mucous plug. Should i call my doctor?

Follow dr's advice: Some OB doctors might want to know if you have lost your mucus plug. A good rule of thumb is to go to the hospital if you are contracting every 5-7 minutes, if your water breaks, if you have a flow of blood, or if your baby is moving less than usual. ...Read more

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36 weeks pregnant and had a brown/red discharge. I have already lost my mucous plug though! :(?

36 weeks pregnant and had a brown/red discharge. I have already lost my mucous plug though! :(?

More mucous: Mucous is constantly being produced in the gland of the inner cervix. Therefore you may have another smaller plug of mucous at any time. If you have been examined recently or have been intimate you may also have some bloody mucous. Call you md if you are not sure of what is happening. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant and had sex last night. This afternoon there was what looked like ovulation mucous, no blood. Is this the mucous plug? Worried!

I'm 8 weeks pregnant and had sex last night. This afternoon there was what looked like ovulation mucous, no blood. Is this the mucous plug? Worried!

Yes: During early pregnancy your hormones are elevated. These hormones my increase your cervical mucus, or may increase natural vaginal discharges. There is no concern as long as you are not bleeding or cramping. ...Read more

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I lost my mucous plug a week or so ago. Since then, my vaginal discharge has decreased. Is this normal? I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant.

I lost my mucous plug a week or so ago. Since then, my vaginal discharge has decreased. Is this normal? I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant.

It can be normal: Though most pregnant women will notice an increase in vaginal discharge after losing the mucus plug, it is ok to notice less discharge. This is not a problem. ...Read more

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Im 34.4 weeks pregnant and last night when i pee and wipe this clear booger looking thing came out. Is that the mucous plug? Do I have to worry?

Cervical mucous: It sounds like cervical mucous. Unless you are having other signs of labor such as contractions and pain, this is probably nothing to worry about. Make sure you are not having bleeding, or are leaking fluid. And when you are unsure of something in pregnancy, always call your OB doctor. ...Read more

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I am 28 weeks pregnant & have recently have had a lot of thick, sticky, yellowish mucous. Mucous plug? Possible preterm labor? Should i be concerned?

I am 28 weeks pregnant & have recently have had a lot of thick, sticky, yellowish mucous. Mucous plug? Possible preterm labor? Should i be concerned?

Probably fine: The hormones of pregnancy certainly increase your mucous production, which can be thick. The mucous plug is not really a true thing to watch for, but is so ingrained into our society, it is hard to get rid of. It never hurts to check with your ob, but if you arent contracting, or having pain, it should be fine. White, grey, clear, green, and yellow are normal colors for mucous. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more