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When does mucus plug form during early pregnancy?

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 long after ovulation when becoming pregnant do cervix become firm and mucus plug begins to form?

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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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?

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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When do most women start dilating in their pregnancy and their mucus plug comes out

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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23 weeks pregnant and think I lost my mucus plug over the weekend what does this mean ? This is my fourth pregnancy

23 weeks pregnant and think I lost my mucus plug over the weekend what does this mean ? This is my fourth pregnancy

Likely okay : The concept of a mucous plug doesn't hold a lot of weight.... Mucous is produced every day by the cervix, more so in pregnancy. I've had a lot of patients who go into labor never having lost their "plug" and just as many who think they've lost their mucous who aren't in labor. If you have cramp or bleeding then go to L&D right away. See MD and ask for cervix length ultrasound to check for labor ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks and have had lots of discharge in the pregnancy. On monday I lost my mucus plug, since then I have had NO discharge, should I worry?

I'm 38 weeks and have had lots of discharge in the pregnancy. On monday I lost my mucus plug, since then I have had NO discharge, should I worry?

No: Just to clarify the mucus plus is usually greenish to green brown and about the size of the palm of your hand when it comes out all at once. It often times has some old blood in it. Leukorrhea discharge of pregnancy varies to almost none to a large amount. My only concern is that by discharge you mean watery leakage. If your bag of water is leaking then you need to see you OB today. ...Read more

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38wks pregnant with my 2nd child. How can you tell when you've lost your mucus plug? Does it come out all at once or over a few days?

38wks pregnant with my 2nd child. How can you tell when you've lost your mucus plug? Does it come out all at once or over a few days?

Depends: the cervix usually effaces (thins out) earlier in second pregnancies and loss of the 'plug' can occur earlier and over weeks and so be less obvious. it is not an important sign. breaking the water or bleeding or cramping or a combination of these things are the more important signs to watch for and report. ...Read more

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Im like 18 weeks pregnant n i got like snot/ mucus coming frm me it kinda looks like mucus plug could it b sumthing else?

See your OBGYN: If you have a new mucous like discharge at 18 weeks, you should see your doctor so that he/she can take a look with a speculum. This may be just normal "physiologic" discharge of pregnancy, or you may have an infection that requires treatment. ...Read more

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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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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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