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Do you have to lose your mucus plug before labor?

With my first daughter, I had a midwife. She stripped my membranes and then I lost my plug. This time around I have a doctor and dont think he'll do that...

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Asked by MayBaby0507 at 10:54 PM on Jun. 15, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • i did with my daughter

    Answer by DeeMarie87 at 11:00 PM on Jun. 15, 2010

  • I didnt with my first 2 babies...

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 11:00 PM on Jun. 15, 2010

  • Nope-not at all. I didn't lose my plug nor did my water break with both my boys. They did everything at the hospital.

    Answer by NJMom2Tyler at 11:06 PM on Jun. 15, 2010

  • Many doctors strip membranes; it's not a practice exclusive to midwives. But to answer your question, no, you don't have to lose your plug before labor. Many women lose their plug during labor. It happens because of cervical changes, and some women's cervices don't dilate or efface until they're in active labor.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 11:15 PM on Jun. 15, 2010

  • I didn't lose it with two of my pregnancies. I did with one of them, it seems like twice. Once at 34 weeks and then again at 38 weeks.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 11:16 PM on Jun. 15, 2010

  • He might~ statistically speaking, he would be more likely to want to push things along, anyway.

    You can lose the plug whenever.
    With my last baby, I lost it when I was minutes away from pushing the baby out...

    Answer by doulala at 1:32 AM on Jun. 16, 2010

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