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Doctor insights on: Uterine Contractions And Loss Of Mucus Plug When Not Pregnant

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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 36 weeks pregnant 3 CM 70 effaced lost mucus plug and having diarrhea and having some contractions and my fourth child is this the start of labor?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant 3 CM 70 effaced lost mucus plug and having diarrhea  and having some contractions and my fourth child is this the start of labor?

Maybe : If they contractions are regular, your water breaks or your bleeding like a period you should head to labor and delivery. Being your fourth child you are experienced with labor. 4th babies can come fast. ...Read more

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2 days til my due date dilated to 4cm losing alot of mucus plug is that also thinning of the cervix?

2 days til my due date dilated to 4cm losing alot of mucus plug is that also thinning of the cervix?

Cervix Changes: the cervix dilates from 0 to 10 cm which is ready for delivery. The cervix also thins it starts out about 2-4 cm long and then we judge its thinning by percentages. You will hear 10% effaced(thinned), 50% effaced, completely effaced which means it is thinned all the way. Losing the mucous plug has to do with neither, it is just mucous in the cervix that is lost anytime prior to delivery. ...Read more

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Clear mucus vaginal discharge at 28 weeks pregnant. Is it to early to lose mucus plug? No pain or pressure.

Clear mucus vaginal discharge at 28 weeks pregnant. Is it to early to lose mucus plug? No pain or pressure.

Get exam of cervix: If you are concerned, report your symptoms of "clear mucus vaginal discharge" to your obstetrical team and request a clinical and sonographic evaluation of your cervix (to confirm it is still long and closed) and an examination of the discharge (to rule out a vaginitis or vaginosis). ...Read more

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37+4wks pregnant with extreme pressure when standing or walking, some tightenings but not regular and mucus discharge, is this pre-labour? 3rd baby

37+4wks pregnant with extreme pressure when standing or walking, some tightenings but not regular and mucus discharge, is this pre-labour? 3rd baby

May or may not be: Most likely baby is dropping and u are having some pre labor contractions, if worried please call your OB so u can be evaluated, and mucus is from the cervix which u can start getting at this stage but any thin fluid like water obviously needs evaluation to r/o rup of membranes. ...Read more

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39weeks preg. No dilation but baby is positioned and I am thinned/effaced. More discharge. Contractions not close. What are chances of water breaking?

If you were my pt: And were 39 weeks and have an effaced cervix and are having irregular contractions i would bring you in and rupture your membranes and start pitocin, (oxytocin) if necessary which it may not be abd get u in active labor, ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks , and you will be uncomfortable and have a hard time sleeping with contractions going on, at 39 weeks the baby is better off outside than in! ...Read more

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When you are having a baby...How do blood clots pass through the mucus plug?

When you are having a baby...How do blood clots pass through the mucus plug?

Mucous: Mucous plugs are somewhat of a misnomer in pregnancy. The cervix does make mucous and mucous does serve as a border between the vagina and the uterus. Mucous, as you can guess, is permeable, so blood and clot can pass through. Some women have a lot of mucous in their cervix, some have very little. Most important is a long cervix, > 3cm, in pregnancy.Talk with your dr if worried about preterm labor. ...Read more

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Only 32 weeks lost mucus plug and having lots of period like cramps?

Only 32 weeks lost mucus plug and having lots of period like cramps?

Get checked: Any cramping at this stage needs to be checked to make sure you are not in labor, or started to dilate. ...Read more

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I have pcos and bulky uterus what are the complications during conception?

I have pcos and bulky uterus what are the complications during conception?

Ovulation Stim: The questions for pcos patients who want to get pregnant is "are you ovulating?" If you are having regular cyclic periods then you probably are. If you are not having periods then you are probably not ovulating. Metformin and Clomid (clomiphene) are common medications given to pcos patients to help with conception. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for Clomid (clomiphene) ...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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6weeks pregnant Diagnosed with threatened miscarriage because of cramping and back pain baby has heartbeat what are the chances of healthy pregnancy?

6weeks pregnant Diagnosed with threatened miscarriage because of cramping and back pain baby has heartbeat what are the chances of healthy pregnancy?

We can not predict: Unfortunately we can not predict which threatened miscarriages will be fine and which will miscarry. Bleeding in early pregnancy is very common. It appears you have a doctor who is taking good care of you. Keep your follow up appointments to make sure all is well. ...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


Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more