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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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When does mucus plug form during early pregnancy?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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When does mucus plug form during early pregnancy?

Almost immediately : The plug forms almost immediately after one becomes pregnant due to the hormonal changes. ...Read more

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How early can a woman lose her mucus plug during pregnancy?

Dr. Alan Patterson
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How early can a woman lose her mucus plug during pregnancy?

Very early: Weeks to months sometimes, the usual time is anytime after 37 weeks if u are worried call your OB cause if u are early they will need to check your cervix and do cervical length on ultrasound to make sure it is not thinning out or dilating too soon whcih can be treated but they need to know if the cervix is normal length or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Catherine Shaw
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I'm almost 40 weeks pregnant, and i lost my mucus plug last week, but today i had terrible cramps that followed to more bloody mucus. Early labor?

Dr. Catherine Shaw
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I'm almost 40 weeks pregnant, and i lost my mucus plug last week, but today i had terrible cramps that followed to more bloody mucus. Early labor?

Early labor?: Yes, it certainly could.Be. Why not check with your ob/gyn to get a definitive answer. Good luck to you and baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Carzoli
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Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

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Sister is 32w pregnant.Definitely lost mucus plug.No other signs.Will call dr but should she go on bed rest or something to prevent early labor?

No: Significance of mucous plug is it may be a sign of cervical dilation. However it is impossible to say for certain if the mucous plug has come out without cervical inspection. Many doctors will advise bed rest, but has not been shown to prevent preterm labor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I have grainy white discharge after a cervical exam--actually 3 total last night (38 weeks pregnant. In early labor. 1cm) what is it? Mucous plug?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I have grainy white discharge after a cervical exam--actually 3 total last night (38 weeks pregnant. In early labor. 1cm) what is it? Mucous plug?

Could be : It's certainly normal to have mucous discharge after a cervical exam when you are 1 cm dilated. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
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How long after ovulation when becoming pregnant do cervix become firm and mucus plug begins to form?

Dr. Michael Opsahl
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How long after ovulation when becoming pregnant do cervix become firm and mucus plug begins to form?

1-2 days: The cervical mucus becomes thin and watery to allow sperm entry into the uterus and tubes. The change is largely related to the estrogen hormone increase leading to ovulation. After ovulation, the ovary produces Progesterone (p4), which prepares the endometrium for implantation. P4 also changes mucus to thick dense mucus blocking sperm. P4 in bcp also helps with contraception. ...Read more

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Can mucus plug regenerate during pregnancy? Is this true that women lose mucus plug bit by bit and then new mucus plug is formed?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Can mucus plug regenerate during pregnancy? Is this true that women lose mucus plug bit by bit and then new mucus plug is formed?

Mucous: Certain membranes in your body form mucous. Your cervix is one of them. Some lose it all at once. Some bit by bit. Either way is normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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I know that with my pregnancies they mucus plug would be thick and that's how this looks but no red in it and it's not stringy that's why I am asking?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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I know that with my pregnancies they mucus plug would be thick and that's how this looks but no red in it and it's not stringy that's why I am asking?

Can vary: Mucous plugs can vary in presentation. If you are concerned that there may be a problem in your pregnancy, i suggest speaking with your obstetrician about what you may be experiencing. All the best! ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
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When do most women start dilating in their pregnancy and their mucus plug comes out

Dr. James Rochester
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When do most women start dilating in their pregnancy and their mucus plug comes out

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

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Is it possible to start losing mucus plug at 7 months of pregnancy? And is this safe or should it get checked out? Really worried

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Is it possible to start losing mucus plug at 7 months of pregnancy? And is this safe or should it get checked out? Really worried

Yes it is possible: And no it isnot safe and should be checked out! ...Read more

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